What makes a Methodist mass so special

  • Repentance, faith, and sanctification are the main doctrines.

    »I have repeatedly and clearly explained what our unchanged teachings are, in which we differ from pagans and named Christians, not ...

  • Believers can have many wrong views.

    “It is possible that people have a completely correct view without being a believer at all. On the other hand, people can be deeply religious and many ...

  • Faith and reason go hand in hand.

    »For us it is a fundamental principle that the rejection of reason means the rejection of faith, that faith and reason go hand in hand ...

  • Why suffering can also be a blessing.

    “God also did a great deal of good to people through suffering. That is why one can say: What is called suffering in the language of men is called suffering in the language of God ...

  • Why the rich have little pity for the poor.

    "One of the main reasons the rich have so little pity on the poor is that they so seldom visit them."

    John Wesley (1783)

  • I thought I was infallible. I know myself better now.

    “When I was much younger than I am now, I thought myself almost infallible; but I thank God that I know myself better now. "

    John Wesley (1771)

  • Be ready to change your beliefs!

    “In the name of God I must urge you to be ready to change your beliefs! Whatever prejudices you have from your upbringing, your habits ...

  • Without diligence we are unsuitable.

    "Without diligence we are neither suitable for this nor for the world to come."

    John Wesley (1787)

  • Change what we can improve.

    "We want to learn something new every day and then change what we can improve."

    John Wesley (1741)

  • There is dignity in simplicity.

    “After being a member of the university for about ten years, I write and speak in much the same way as you do today. But when I went to simple people in ...

  • Simplicity and clarity do good.

    "The more simply and clearly you express yourself, the more good you will do."

    John Wesley (1783)

  • Plain truth for plain people.

    “I'm interested in the simple truth for simple people. That is why I deliberately refrain from all beautiful philosophical considerations, all ...

  • God gives greatness to small things.

    "God is so great that he gives greatness to even the smallest things done for his sake."

    John Wesley (1777)

  • Attending church service when the pastor is no good?

    “I go to the service, whether the pastor is good or not; and I advise everyone else to do the same. "

    “Hear whatever preacher you want ...

  • Advice and reprimands are signs of love.

    “Always see advice or reprimand as a show of benevolence; they are the sure sign of love. "

    John Wesley (1775)

  • Inexplicable Trinity declared.

    “You believe that there is such a thing as light, whether it comes from the sun or some other luminous body. But you can neither be nor ...

  • The right to an independent judgment.

    “I know well that it is generally believed that where we are born determines the Church to which we should belong. After that, someone who was in England ...

  • Avoid the narrowness of the mind.

    "To limit the true faith to those who belong to us shows a narrowness of the mind which we should avoid, indeed abhor."

    John Wesley (1750)

  • I will pass money on as soon as possible.

    “Money never stays with me for long. It would burn if it stayed with me. I will pass it on as soon as possible so that there is no way into my heart ...

  • Old people glorify the past.

    “Isn't it common for old people to glorify the past and condemn the present? Probably this is even more common than ...

  • Let's not do too much at once.

    “Any good intention will chill and die if not carried out as quickly as possible. But let's not do too much at once. Do ...

  • Live today! The future is none of your business.

    “Let tomorrow take care of its own. Live today! Make a serious effort to seize the present hour. She is yours She is all your wealth ...

  • We only have short stretches of eternity as time.

    “When we say that God knows everything beforehand, that is actually not true, because for God there is no before and no after. All the time - or rather the ...

  • God's love is the most effective means of health.

    “Violent emotions have a greater impact on health than we think. All painful and sudden emotions make people ...

  • I have hardly ever regretted saying too little.

    “I have hardly ever regretted saying too little, but often too much. You'd have to be an angel and not a person to spend four hours over one and ...

  • Today almost all security is taken from me.

    “In my youth I was sure of everything. After a few years in which I was wrong a thousand times, I was opposite to myself about most things ...

  • Heaven is a heaven of love.

    “It would be good if you were fully aware that heaven is a heaven of love. There is nothing higher in belief, there is really nothing ...

  • Faith and charity go hand in hand.

    "True faith is shown in gratitude to our Creator and in benevolence to our fellow creatures."

    John Wesley (1785)

  • Enjoyment is the sense of convenience.

    “I cannot imagine that when God sent us into this world, he irrevocably decided that we must go badly in it all the time. Would it be...

  • A principle until the end of life.

    “I have two silver teaspoons in London and two in Bristol. That's all I have in terms of silver cutlery at the moment; and I won't buy anymore ...

  • I hate anything that looks like a crush.

    “I appreciate your trust in God and your diligence in saving people. But I hate what looks like pride: your overconfidence ...

  • I always find time to visit the sick and poor.

    “Although I'm always in a hurry, I'm never rushed because I never undertake more work than I can handle in complete peace. It's true that...

  • We stick to the rule "think and let think"

    “What defines a Methodist are not any particular views. Whether he agrees with this or that belief, any particular ...

  • We are always open to instruction.

    “What defines a Methodist is not the use of certain words and phrases. Rather, we prefer in a normal conversation, as well as then, ...

  • People who have the love of God in their hearts.

    “A Methodist is a person in whose heart the love of God has been poured out through the Holy Spirit, a person who loves God with all his heart, from ...

  • I extend the right hand of the community to you.

    “If someone says: 'Your characteristics are only the general basic truths of the Christian faith', then he is right. I am of the same opinion. Who...

  • Why people are called "the Methodists".

    “When speaking of people who are called Methodists, one should always bear in mind: this is not the name she has chosen for herself ...

  • Why reason and faith belong together.

    “If you despise or belittle reason, do not think that you are doing something God-pleasing with it. You certainly do not promote God's cause if you ...

  • How to appreciate the importance of reason.

    “Allow me to say a few clear words to you that you overestimate reason. Why do you want to fall from one extreme to the other? Isn't that ...

  • Do not rely on visions or dreams!

    “Be careful not to think that you have gifts from God that you do not have at all! Do not rely on visions or dreams, on sudden inspirations or ...

  • How to recognize false or true prophets.

    “In order to recognize whether people who appear in the name of God are false or true prophets, one need only ask: What fruits do their teaching bring ...

  • Be careful not to get swallowed up by books.

    “Acquiring knowledge is good, but saving souls is better. You have ample time for studying if you devote every morning to it. You should...

  • Passion and prejudice rule the world.

    “When I was young my father said to me, 'Child, you think you can do anything by arguing. But you will gradually find out how ...

  • Don't waste time on useless things.

    »Take up the impulses carefully«

    “Most people get lost in the restlessness of life with work and pleasure. They seem to think ...

  • Use short moments so that nothing is lost.

    »Be active! Do not give room to indolence or laziness! Do not give others a reason to say: 'You are lazy!' Many will say it anyway, but refute this ...

  • I want to be the man of a book

    “I think I'm a creature for a day, an arrow that shoots through life. I am a spirit that comes from God and returns to God, floating ...

  • I read the Bible to find my way to heaven.

    “Here I am, far from the hustle and bustle of people, in silence, alone with God. In his presence I open, I read his book to find the way to ...

  • How to judge right and wrong.

    »By what standard should people judge what is right and what is wrong? What should their conscience be guided by? The Christian standard for right ...

  • God's will does not come with supernatural dreams.

    “How is a Christian supposed to know the will of God? Not by waiting for supernatural dreams; not by expecting God to do his will in ...

  • Anyone who does not believe the Bible believes in all sorts of things.

    “I base all of my principles on scripture and common sense. To the extent that she agrees with this, I respect human ...

  • Sunday is not yours, but God's day.

    “You're supposed to work six days. But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord your God. It's not yours, it's God's day. He claims him for ...

  • Avoid fancy words and phrases.

    »Start the service on time and don't drag it out unnecessarily. In the sermon, address the questions that concern the audience. Develop your ...

  • Man has the power to choose good or bad.

    “Why is there sin in the world? Because man was created in the image of God. It is not mere matter, a lump of earth, without meaning or understanding, ...

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