Presence Of God In The Christian Life

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While the most standard treatments of John Wesley's theology focus their attention on his distinctive 'way of salvation', they fail to provide a thorough examination of Wesley's 'means of grace.' This book offers the first detailed discussion of the means of grace as the liturgical, communal, and devotional context within which growth in the Christian life actually occurred. Knight shows how the means of grace together form an interrelated pattern that enables a growing relationship with God.
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Editorial Reviews

The Evangelical Quarterly
With critically appreciative treatments of John Wesley's understanding of both baptism and the Lord's Supper, Dr. Knight has given a very fine appraisal of Wesley's understanding of the means of grace. The work is fully and carefully documented and there is much evidence of close acquaintance with both earlier and contemporary works on Wesley's theology. ...this new work is the first to attempt a systematic treatment of all the means of grace that John Wesley practised personally and encouraged his converts to do likewise. In spite of the danger of using a much over-worked cliche, Dr. Knight's study is an original (and very welcome) contribution to Wesley study.
Emory University Don E. Saliers
...illuminates the shape of Wesley's thought...
Candler School Of Philosophy Rex D. Matthews
...careful and balanced...
Gordon F. Wakefield
...well-produced...marvelously comprehensive in that they avoid both formalism and enthusiasm...Knight has read Wesley with thoroughness...A valuable piece of work.
E. Dale Dunlap
It is a must for anyone pursuing scholarly work on John Wesley's theology, and will be of real interest to anyone else who want to learn more about Wesley. It is one of those relatively rare books that is both profound and very readable and understandable.
Proceedings Of The Wesley Historical Society
...quite interesting and ofter stimulating approach to Wesley's theology and system of piety which deserves careful reading...
Methodist History
...well worth publishing... Knight draws together several streams of recent scholarship to highlight the dynamic and relational nature of both grace and holiness in Wesley's theology...a very significant contribution to Wesley studies. More importantly, it is a contribution to the larger Christian community as we seek to understand the nature and nurture of Christian life.
Methodist Recorder
...a most valuable study of Wesley's spirituality, freeing it from some misunderstandings and abuses and valuable not least in its examination of Wesley's sacramental theology...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810825895
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Pietist and Wesleyan Studies Series , #3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry H. Knight III is Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He has served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church and has published several books and articles on Wesley's theology.
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Table of Contents

Editors' Foreword
I The Means of Grace 1
1 The Christian Life in Context 1
2 The Means of Grace: Wesley's Typologies 2
3 The Structure and Method of this Study 5
4 The Presence and Identity of God 8
II The Means to the Christian Life 16
1 The Religion of the Heart 16
2 Against Formalism: The Faith That Works by Love 29
3 Against Enthusiasm: The Traditional Means of Grace 36
III The Ends of the Christian Life 50
1 The Heart Perfected in Love 50
2 Against Antinomianism: The Promise of New Creation 62
3 Against Perfectionism: A Continual Reliance on Christ 78
IV The Means to the Presence of God 92
1 Remaining in the Church: Ecclesiola in Ecclesia 92
2 Discipline in Community: Classes and Bands 95
3 Prayer and Fasting 116
4 The General Means of Grace 122
V The Means to the Identity of God 127
1 Renewing the Church: Experienced Identity 127
2 The Lord's Supper 130
3 Searching the Scriptures 148
4 Tradition, Prayers, and Hymns 159
VI The Means of Grace and the Christian Life 168
1 Patterns of Interaction in the Means of Grace 168
2 Baptism and the Christian Life: An Excursus 178
3 The Presence of God in the Christian Life 191
Chapter Notes 197
Selected Bibliography 238
Index 243
About the Author 253
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