Wesleyan Grace

Marjorie Suchocki

in The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696116
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Wesleyan Grace


In John Wesley, as in most of the Christian tradition, grace refers primarily to that which God freely does for us in God's redemptive work. Wesley thought of God's redemptive grace as operating under three categories: prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying. This article examines the necessity in the twenty-first century of broadening a Wesleyan understanding of grace to include the whole of God's activity, so that God's redemptive grace is seen to be but one form of His all-encompassing creative grace. While Wesley himself felt no need to expand the notion of grace, his work gives ground for such a move. Indeed, insofar as Wesley reckoned with his own context in his theological development, so must we. In so doing, grace must be considered as synonymous with all God's work, including creative as well as redemptive acts.

Keywords: John Wesley; grace; Methodism; Methodists; God; redemption

Article.  6858 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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