Wesley’s Way: Living Souls

No spirituality begins with a particular religion.  The spiritual life begins in creation, with humankind made in the image of God (Gen 1:26-28).  This fundamental reality means we have an instinct for God, and we have the capacity for a relationship with God.

Even after the Fall, that reality remains.  John Wesley called it prevenient grace, and this provided the basis for his theology, ministry, and approach to spiritual formation.

He often spoke of “the life of God in the human soul” and he understood the Christian life as “religion of the heart.”

This means that spiritual formation in the Wesleyan tradition begins positively—with an emphasis upon God’s love, an emphasis on our hunger for God, and an emphasis on the working of grace to redeem us for life in Christ.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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