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by Kathy Armistead,William H. Willimon

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  • Author: Kathy Armistead,William H. Willimon
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Leader's Guide ed. edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Pages: 16 pages
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Leader guide for eight-week small group study to help you deepen your understanding of United Methodist core beliefs.

Leader guide for eight-week small group study to help you deepen your understanding of United Methodist core beliefs. This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice by William H. Willimon For John Wesley, the Bible is the joyfully consistent testimony of God’s never-ending grace and ever-seeking love

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Start by marking This We Believe Leader's Guide: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Leader guide for eight-week small group study to help you deepen your understanding of United Methodist core beliefs. Willimon For John Wesley, the Bible is the joyfully consistent testimony of God's never-ending grace and ever-seeking love. Let this book be your trusted companion to the NRSV version of The Wesley Study Bible as you grow to love God with a warmed heart and serve God with active hands. Willimon.

Willimon, bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the UMC, doesn't use this positive text on unifying ideas as a forum for criticism. As one reads This We Believe one can experience the wholistic approach of Wesleyan theology. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about theology from a Wesleyan perspective. I will be using this book in my own classes and small groups.

William Henry Willimon. This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice. Nashville: Abingdon, 2010. Promises of Marriage: A Guide for Couples Seeking Advice While on the Brink of Matrimony, or for Couples Renewing Their Love. Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 1987.

This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice. William H. Willimon is the Presiding Bishop of the Birmingham Area of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church

This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice. Willimon is the Presiding Bishop of the Birmingham Area of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.

by William H. My purpose in this introductory survey of Wesleyan theology is not to present John and Charles Wesley as cult heroes. Confronting the Controversies: A Christian Responds to the Tough Issues. Nor do I intend to combine the various popular portraits of the Wesleys to present them as strangely warmed evangelists, mystical poets, or social saviors.

The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice. By: M. Kathryn Armistead; William H. Publisher: Abingdon Press. eText ISBN: 9781426720215, 1426720211. The world’s eTextbook reader for students. VitalSource is the leading provider of online textbooks and course materials. More than 15 million users have used our Bookshelf platform over the past year to improve their learning experience and outcomes.

Leader guide for eight-week small group study to help you deepen your understanding of United Methodist core beliefs. This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice by William H. Willimon For John Wesley, the Bible is the joyfully consistent testimony of God’s never-ending grace and ever-seeking love. Likewise, studying the Bible is more than merely knowing what Scripture says; it is also about living every day as a child of God. Beginning with the Core Terms found in The Wesley Study Bible, author Bishop William H. Willimonsystematically lays out key Wesleyan tenets of faith so that you will have a fresh way to hear God’s voice, share in God’s grace, and become more like Jesus Christ. Let this book be your trusted companion to the NRSV version of The Wesley Study Bible as you grow to love God with a warmed heart and serve God with active hands. Order the separate book for each participant in a small group #9781426706899


Reviews about This We Believe Leader's Guide: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice (7):
Tygralbine
Here is an introduction to Wesleyan theology written at a lay level. This introduction is intended as a companion to the new Wesley Study Bible (2009). Willimon writes that we should avoid unproductive, theological hairsplitting. We should not be drawn into squabbles over nonessentials, But he also cautions against what was once called "latitudinarianism,"

At our worst, this generous Wesleyan "think and let think" has led to our acting as if ideas about God are not that important after all and to the sad error of thinking that because thought about God is inconsequential, who cares what anybody believes as long as that belief is sincerely held? Wesley was a fierce foe of this sort of goofy theological "indifferentism." So is the Bible.

However, in a later chapter, Willimon rejects biblical fundamentalism, claiming that we cannot reduce the bubbling vitality of the Bible to a set of fundamentals. Yet Willimon does a fairly adequate job in articulating fundamental or essential Wesleyan emphases. His summary of theology in the Wesleyan tradition, "warm hearts and active hands," should also include "transformed minds." While he could have affirmed the essential doctrines of systematic theology with more clarity, many of them are implied.
Yet Wesley himself declared that Methodists must take heed to their doctrine, their experience, their practice, AND their discipline. Willimon's fear of biblical fundamentalism was unfounded. It was liberalism and political correctness that split the church.
PC-rider
I'm currently deciding whether I will join a United Methodist Church. I've read this book and another on Methodist doctrine (called, fittingly, Methodist Doctrine) and I've come away from both with the sense that the foundational truths officially embraced by Methodism are orthodox, biblical, and inspirational in practically all aspects. Any peculiarity is typically rooted in a distinctively Wesleyan Arminianism that is (as with most schools of theology) certainly arguable but not heretical. One wants to cheer and shout, "Sign me up!"

But the current distance between original beliefs and modern ones in the UMC confuses me. I read John Wesley and the UMC website and see a significant disconnect in many areas, particularly evangelism. It's why I went searching for these books to begin with. And neither of them really addresses that dissonance. In fact, the other book ignores it altogether.

Willimon, bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the UMC, doesn't use this positive text on unifying ideas as a forum for criticism. He does, however, get in one comment on the relativism prevalent in the mainline churches in his first chapter. Speaking of a too-broad interpretation of John Wesley's warnings against theological hairsplitting, he writes:

"At our worst, this generous Wesleyan 'think and let think' has led to our acting as if ideas about God are not important after all and to the sad error of thinking ... who cares what anybody believes as long as that belief is sincerely held? Wesley was a fierce foe of this sort of goofy theological 'indifferentism'. So is the Bible."

This confessional, historical and personally challenging primer on Methodist theology refutes the stereotype of mainline belief as being crippled by political correctness and "niceness" to the point of accepting anything and nothing all at once. Willimon doesn't seem to.

If I have any misgivings about the book they are these:

It's a virtual paean to Wesley, praising and appealing to him at every turn. But it scarcely appeals to the Bible. I know some mainline readers are wary of scripture quotations and dismiss them as "prooftexting" but the Bible is still, officially, the primary authority for Methodist belief and it would have been nice to have scriptural back-up in many instances. I think I can safely say Wesley would agree.

Speaking of the Bible, this book is peppered with notes that require a copy of The Wesley Study Bible (co-edited by Willimon) to read them.
Agarus
I've always appreciated Willimon's insights into life in Christ and now he has provided us with a great resource for delving into our theology as Wesleyans. There other great resources out there, some more academic than this, but none as useful and practical in my opinion. I love how he uses Wesley's sermons, notes from the recently published Wesley Study Bible, and the United Methodist Hymnal (which is far superior to my own denomination's hymnal). As one reads This We Believe one can experience the wholistic approach of Wesleyan theology.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about theology from a Wesleyan perspective. I will be using this book in my own classes and small groups.
Skillet
Based on the content of this book, I'd easily give it 4+ stars, as its valuable for all Methodists, no matter how long one has been a part of the Church.

However, numerous reproduction errors really distract from the content, and thats why I've given it 2 stars. The first 2 chapters have phrases repeating after every paragraph, and in later chapters the lack of spacing makes accurate highlighting difficult. Heck, even the popular highlights shown on the description page show this - Wesleyans believe that in Jesus Christ, God gets personal, relational, available, and virtually unavoidable.Ruin'd. Notice no spacing between the period and Ruin'd. Much of the book is like this.

This book is the second Kindle book published by Abingdon that I've bought and the second one that was loaded with errors. The first book I returned. This one I kept because I believe that, despite the distractions, its worth the money; however, I probably won't buy any more books until Im sure they are reproduced correctly for Kindle.
SoSok
This is, indeed, a comprehension explanation of Methodism and Wesleyan beliefs. I needed to read it for an important assignment. Once accomplished, I had a very clear picture of the history and practices of my chosen denomination. I recommend it for anyone thinkning of becoming a Methodist.
Whitegrove
I am not rating the substance of the book. Please excuse for this. The Kindle version listed for this book is the "Leader's Guide" and not the original version of the book as listed on the same page. I am seeking a Kindle version of the participant (original) hard copy.

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