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Origin: Originated in England when John Wesley broke from the Anglican Church and formulated his own theology.Prime Philosophy: Wesleyism, Lutheranism Founder: John Wesley Founding Date: 1739 Church Structure: Methodism follows a democratic system of churches that participate in a national convention.Some branches of Methodism have bishops; yet others reject them.
It should be emphasized that rigorous doctrines and dogmas can not be applied to Methodism as a whole.
Church: "A Methodist is one who has the love of God shed abroad in his life by the Holy Ghost given unto him.
One who loves the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind, and with all his strength.
God is the joy of his heart and the desire of his soul." John Wesley Theological Beliefs Creation: Genesis account; differences in theology make it hard to know if evolution as a possibility is rejected.
Mans State: Fallen state due to original sin Sin: covered up through justification by grace.
A person who has been "born again" is capable of attaining Christian perfection through Gods grace.
A person can be forgiven of sins by repenting and trusting in Christ for forgiveness and grace.
Every four years a convention is held to determine theology.
Mission: Methodists believe that mission is witness to the God of grace, and that mission has four essential dimensions: Proclamation (proclaim the Gospel); Evangelism (invite people to personal decision for and commitment to Jesus Christ for their salvation); Incorporation (call persons to be incorporated into the Body of Christ); and Servanthood (serve as agents of Gods liberation and reconciling grace among the nations).