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Works of Piety

Works of Piety, in Methodism, are certain spiritual disciplines that along with the Works of Mercy, serve as a means of grace,[1] and are necessary for Christian perfection.[2][3] All Methodist Christians, laity and ordained, are expected to employ them.[4] The Works of Piety are:

  1. Prayer[5]
  2. Searching the Scriptures[5]
  3. Holy Communion[5]
  4. Fasting[5]
  5. Christian Community[5]
  6. Healthy Living[5]

The more interior Works of Piety are paralleled by the external Works of Mercy.[6] The Rt. Rev John Wesley insisted that the Works of Piety were important because they "further ensconced believers in a spiritual world of conflict in which humans needed to pursue holiness with the same vigor with which they sought their justification."[7] In relation to soteriology, the grace of God was "all sufficient," and it issued in a universal atonement that made possible a saving "change of heart;" this change of heart required "the influences of divine grace," but it also required "constant exertions."[8]

References

  1. ^ F. Belton Joyner. Being Methodist in the Bible Belt: A Theological Survival Guide for Youth, Parents, and Other Confused Methodists.  
  2. ^ S. T. Kimbrough. Orthodox and Wesleyan ecclesiology.  
  3. ^ "Christian Perfection: Works of Piety and Mercy".  
  4. ^ American Methodist Worship.  
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Mission: The Works of Mercy".  
  6. ^ Paul Wesley Chilcote (2007). Early Methodist spirituality: selected women's writings. Kingswood Books. Retrieved 5 July 2011. The primary means by which the Methodists lived out this holistic understanding of the Christian faith was through works of mercy that paralleled the more interior works of piety. 
  7. ^ Jeffrey Williams. Religion and Violence in Early American Methodism: Taking the Kingdom by Force.  
  8. ^ E. Brooks Holifield. Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War.  

External links

  • "The Means of Grace" by the Rt. Rev. John Wesley
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