The Theology Of The United Methodist Church

1050 Words Apr 24th, 2016 5 Pages
When I was 10 years old Rev. Holland Vaughn looked into my eyes and said, “Michael, you are going to be a pastor one day.” I found his prophetic pronouncement humorous. One, because I had no intention of ever becoming a pastor, and two because even at that age I was already running with neighborhood gangs and engaged in very unchristian activities. As the acolyte, week after week I carried my candle lighter and sat beside him on the altar. I watched the people laugh, cry, fall asleep, and occasionally shout an enthusiastic “amen!” From the “preacher’s bench” behind the pulpit. I observed this master plie his trade, using tradition, experience, and reason, to bring the Bible to life. Subconsciously I was reasoning through my own theology, experiencing God’s love through God’s people, absorbing the word from the biblical sermons, the creeds, and the hymns as we sung our faith together. My formation in The United Methodist Church was centered upon the Bible, the primary source of Christian belief and theological exploration. The Scriptures contain all things necessary for salvation.
John Wesley stated “the substance of the entire Bible is summed up in two plain words-faith and salvation.” The Bible reveals God, enables us to develop faith, leads us to salvation (Rom 10:17), and calls us to be “transformed into the character of God.” However, as Scott Jones states, “Scripture alone… Yet never alone.” The United Methodist Church is not a sola Scriptura church. “Wesley…
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