New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition

John Wesley's Sermons for Today

Sarah B. Dorrance, Robert McDonald-Walker, Kevin Watson, Ingrid Y. Wang, Douglas M. Strong • September 2007

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Come back home to God!

Salvation is a central theme in John Wesley's writings. Wesley urged people to become and continually grow as committed disciples of Jesus Christ. His appeals and reasoning are just as relevant today as they were in the 18th century.

"Wesley's 'Way of Salvation' is a road map of the journey of humanity toward God," write the authors. "It's a pathway of grace in which we respond to God with increasing self-awareness of our separation and our need to come back home. Our aim is to help people understand and apply Wesley's teachings to their lives…and to transform them from being 'almost Christians' to being 'altogether Christians.'"

The authors are passionate about returning to the roots of Methodist tenets of salvation. Covering biblically based doctrinal topics such as sin, grace, justification, sanctification, and ethical living, Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition explains Wesleyan theology in an easy-to-understand way.

The book's format makes this 13-week study especially accessible. Margin notes highlight excerpts from Wesley's sermons, hymns, and journal with the authors providing context and analysis of the themes. Daily reading and writing assignments are designed to open theological discussions and to deepen spiritual growth.

Wesley's words can reshape your daily walk with God. Expect to be spiritually awakened and brought into a deeper communion with God while celebrating a powerful legacy.

Sarah Babylon Dorrance is a student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and a candidate for ordained ministry in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is the director of the youth choir at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mt. Airy, Maryland.

Robert P. McDonald-Walker has a Ph.D in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. He was a mathematician with NASA and then taught college math at the University of North Carolina and other colleges. He then went to Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and graduated with a Master of Theological Studies degree in 2006. He currently serves as a part-time local pastor in the United Methodist Church and is assigned to Alpine, Highland and Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Churches in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

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.

Ingrid Y. Yang is associate pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Douglas M. Strong is the new academic dean at Seattle Pacific University. Prior to that, he was associate dean and professor of church history at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Strong is the author of numerous articles and two other books.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-519-8

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: September 2007

Trim Size: 8.125 in (w) x 10.875 in (h) x 0.379 in (d)

Page Count: 176

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christianity / Methodist

BISAC1: REL044000



"Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition is an exceptional resource for the local church. A collaborative venture by a seminary professor and four of his students, the book offers 13 user-friendly lessons covering the Wesleyan 'scriptural way to salvation.' No pastor or layperson should miss this opportunity for a deeper exploration of the tradition."
— Dr. James C. Logan Professor Emeritus, Wesley Theological Seminary

"This book should be required reading for all United Methodists and all those who claim Wesleyan roots. They will discover life-changing riches of the theology and spirituality of the Wesleyan tradition through the lens of John Wesley's sermons. This book will be an invaluable resource that will help the church equip people to live out the mission to 'make disciples of Jesus Christ.'"
— Steve Manskar Director, Accountable Discipleship GBOD

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