the role of the sacraments in the journey of the Scripture way of salvation

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To fully evaluate the role of the sacraments in the journey of the Scripture way of salvation according to John Wesley’s sermons, we must achieve a few important understandings. We must examine and work to understand Wesley’s Scripture way of salvation. We must also work to understand Wesley’s views on the sacraments of baptism and communion. Finally, after completing both of these crucial steps, we can then move on to finally understanding the relationship that Wesley has established between these two through his preaching. When beginning to work to understand Wesley’s Scripture way of salvation in his sermons, it is perhaps best to start with his sermon titled The Scripture Way of Salvation, preached in 1765. In this sermon, Wesley…show more content…
Wesley also believed that the sacrament of baptism is an ongoing process in a way as he argues “Such a person assumes that baptism is an end rather than a means, that it grants a permanent status rather than being a first step upon a journey.” So in the same way that moving through the different types of grace is an ongoing process for Christians, so too is the sacrament of baptism in that it is the beginning place similar to prevenient grace and must be moved through like justifying and sanctifying grace. Wesley continues to point out that sin still remains in our hearts and spirits throughout the process of justifying grace. This is important because it highlights that salvation is an ongoing process that requires Christians to be active through our faith in God, and that we never assume we are without faith before we reach perfection. Wesley also makes mention of an important point for the larger goal of this project in understanding the role of the sacraments in the Scripture way of salvation when he explains that it is through the blood of Christ that we are cleansed. This focus on being cleansed through Christ’s blood has a familiar tone to the sacrament of communion and the representation of Christ’s blood through wine, or now more often grape juice. This rather

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