Wesley Speaks on Christian Vocation
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
84 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 4.00 in
- Published: November 2001
When Wesley spoke, ordinary people were inspired to pursue their Christian vocation in extraordinary ways with fervor and obedience to the mission of the gospel. The subject of Christian vocation appeared often in the letters, journals, hymns, sermons, and books of John and Charles Wesley. At the Methodist Conference of 1744, John Wesley posed three crucial questions for Christian vocation: What do we teach?, How do we teach?, What do we do? For the theme of Christian vocation, Paul Wesley Chilcote has assembled nuggets and selections from the literature by the Wesleys. Each of the three questions is helpfully introduced and set in perspective. We are astonished by Wesley's ability to speak clearly to our turbulent times about doctrine, liturgy, worship, hunger, oppression, peace, and service in the world. Chilcote follows up each chapter with reflection questions that ask the reader to apply Wesley's teachings to personal situations in the home and in the community. The resource has been tested in various settings and is recommended for Covenant Discipleship groups. It is ideal for personal retreats or for a group study that helps us to clarify what and how to teach, then what to do.