John Wesley had a vision for the Methodist Church that it would “spread Scriptural holiness throughout the land.” A noble mission to be sure, and one worthy of spending one’s life fulfilling, both then and now. It has become increasingly clear, however, that over time many of our churches are looking more and more like the land (or the world) in which we were sent out to transform, and rather than calling others to holiness we have settled for relevancy and tolerance.
We believe that we cannot lead anyone to a place we have not first been ourselves, and therefore it is essential we return to the basics. Before we can begin spreading scriptural holiness throughout the land we must first spread it (again) through our churches. The words of Saint Peter have perhaps never been more appropriate:
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God (1 Peter 4:17).
It is our hope that this will be a forum for Methodist clergy, leaders, teachers and disciples to share what God is teaching us about holiness and how we might transform our churches from disillusioned and dispassionate people with the form of religion but not the power into a focused and passionate people intent on becoming holy, as God is holy. This is not a place to point fingers at what is wrong with our church (we can all agree there is much of this already) but a place to put forth a positive message of God’s transforming grace which is still at work in the hearts of all who will humble themselves and obey His commands.
A number of different authors will contribute who are passionate about seeing revival in the United Methodist Church. If you are a Methodist pastor or leader within your church and feel called to submit something to help encourage the church at large, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
May God revive us again!