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"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,"" Upper Room Worshipbook

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A Blueprint for Discipleship

Wesley's General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living

Kevin Watson • March 2009

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Do no harm.
Do good.
Practice the spiritual disciplines.
Watch over one another in love.
John Wesley's General Rules

Why is this so hard?

Does being a part of the Wesleyan tradition make any difference in living out your faith? Does Methodism offer guidance as we look to the future and seek renewal?

Methodist Christians sometimes exhibit the most unchristian attitudes and behavior. People notice. And it's reflecting badly on the church, but we can—individually and collectively—correct the problem.

Allow God to enter more deeply into your life until it's hard to tell where you end and God begins.

"Most American Christians are struggling to practice their faith," Watson writes. "…Methodists can hold on and try not to let our tradition die, but mere survival is not God's deepest desire for us or the church. Instead, we must choose to live by stubbornly depending on God's Spirit, allowing our lives to give witness to who Christ is."

A Blueprint for Discipleship offers a practical approach to Christian discipleship that's distinctly Wesleyan. Watson addresses the overwhelming desire of many Methodist Christians who want a more meaningful relationship with God but aren't sure how to start.

Reawaken to the power and vitality of your spiritual heritage. Repent of apathy and spiritual complacency to reclaim, in the words of Wesley, "the form and power of godliness."


Categories: Discipleship
Kevin Watson is a Ph.D. student in the History of Christianity and Wesley Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He is an elder in the United Methodist Church and author of A Blueprint for Discipleship (Discipleship Resources). Kevin blogs at http://deeplycommitted.com.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-556-3

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: March 2009

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.25 in (h) x 0.273 in (d)

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Personal Growth

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“Kevin Watson helps the genius of Wesleyan discipleship come alive by showing the historical basis and twenty-first century significance of Methodism’s three simple rules. This book can make a spiritual difference for individuals and small groups alike.” --Bishop Scott Jones, Kansas Area of the United Methodist Church

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