Kenneth J. Collins

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


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This article discusses how the doctrine of assurance, especially the direct witness of the Spirit, has played a significant role in the life and ministry of historic Methodism. In a real sense, this teaching lies at the very heart of Methodism's character as John Wesley understood it. That is, the people of God becoming the tabernacle of the Holy Spirit, being energised and assured through the realisation of a love that can only be divine, was an ongoing emphasis in eighteenth-century Methodism. Without this accent on the active role of the Spirit, Christianity could easily descend into formalism, ideology, or simple moral reasoning.

Keywords: Methodism; Methodists; doctrine of assurance; John Wesley; Christianity; Holy Spirit

Article.  7397 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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