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Reflection Question 1
What were some of the driving forces behind the emergence of the Wesleyan Holiness stream of Christianity in 19th-century America?
1) The Industrial Revolution and technological advancements
2) The expansion of the United States westward
3) The Second Great Awakening and the Holiness movements
4) All of the above
Reflection Question 2
What were some of the core priorities of the Free Methodist Church (FMC) from its inception?
1) Evangelism, education, worship, and empowering the laity
2) Social justice, economic equality, and political activism
3) Church unity and conformity to traditional practices
4) Exclusivity and separation from other denominations
Reflection Question 3
How do you think the emphasis on personal and social holiness within the Holiness movement could impact the way Christians engage with societal issues and injustices today?
Reflection Question 4
In what ways can the contemporary Church learn from the historical emphasis on empowering the laity within the Free Methodist Church? How might this approach strengthen the Church’s mission and impact on society?
Reflection Question 5
Consider the challenges faced by the Holiness movement and the subsequent establishment of the Free Methodist Church. How do you think the Church should respond when faced with disagreements or tensions over theological beliefs and practices?
Reflection Question 6
The Holiness movement and its focus on simplicity and compassion for the poor challenged societal norms of wealth and privilege. How can Christians today maintain a balance between personal holiness and active compassion for the marginalized and vulnerable in society?