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Streams of Faith

Explore the Wesleyan Holiness stream within Christianity's vast river system, emphasizing Christlikeness, unity, and God's transformative work.

Navigate the intricate waters of Christian faith in the ‘Streams of Faith’ course. Learn about the Wesleyan Holiness movement, its 18th-century Methodist roots, and its part in the Great Awakenings. Discover its ties with other Christian traditions, including Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. Understand its theological emphasis on Christlikeness and the Holy Spirit’s transformative power. The course highlights its unique cultural characteristics, such as its relational approach, focus on personal transformation, and social engagement. Grasp its broad context within Christianity and develop gratitude for God’s redeeming work. Enrich your understanding and lead your community more effectively through this course.

In this lesson, you will learn about the Wesleyan Holiness movement within Christianity, its connections to other Christian traditions, and its unique characteristics:

  • The Wesleyan Holiness stream: Discover the historical roots of the movement, including 18th-century Methodism led by John Wesley and the Holiness movements during the Second and Third Great Awakenings.
  • Connections to other Christian traditions: Understand how the Wesleyan Holiness movement links to other branches of Christianity, such as Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the Coptic Church of North Africa.
  • Shared theological distinctives: Learn about the emphasis on Christlikeness and the Holy Spirit’s work in drawing individuals and communities deeper into God’s love and life.
  • Unique cultural characteristics:
    • Relational rather than propositional approach: Prioritizing people and their needs, following Jesus’ ministry style.
    • Centered-set rather than bounded-set ecclesiology: Focusing on moving toward a deeper life with God, rather than defending boundaries.
    • Descriptive rather than prescriptive attitude: Seeking God’s ongoing work and being open to unexpected encounters with the divine.
  • Personal transformation and social engagement: Explore how the Wesleyan Holiness movement connects individual spiritual growth and community betterment, expressing Christlikeness inwardly and outwardly.
  • Broad context and gratitude: Learn to appreciate the broader context of the Wesleyan Holiness movement within Christianity and give thanks for God’s work in redeeming, restoring, and reconciling all creation.

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