Looking Back at a Revival that Changed the World

Re-post: I ran into an out of town Methodist pastor at Promises today over lunch with my wife. It made me think of the greatness of Methodism’s early days and this post from 2010.

 

The Rev. John Wesley preaches to Cornish miners at Trewint in southwest England. Illustrations courtesy of the General Commission on Archives and History.
The Rev. John Wesley preaches to Cornish miners at Trewint in southwest England. Illustrations courtesy of the General Commission on Archives and History.

Revivals change the world, but the world always needs to be changed again.  Over time, hearts grow cold and need new kindling to reawaken dying embers.

John Wesley changed his generation, not just because of his new methods, but because he took seriously God’s call to holiness among disciples.  In their “holiness clubs” or small groups, members would regularly ask one another the following questions.  What would happen if our generation took discipleship as seriously as the early Methodists did?

John Wesley’s Small Group Questions:

1.   Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
2.   Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
3.   Do I confidentially pass onto another what was told me in confidence?
4.   Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
5.   Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
6.   Did the Bible live in me today?
7.   Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?
8.   Am I enjoying prayer?
9.   When did I last speak to someone about my faith?
10.  Do I pray about the money I spend?
11.  Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
12.  Do I disobey God in anything?
13.  Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
14.  Am I defeated in any part of my life?
15.  Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
16.  How do I spend my spare time?
17.  Am I proud?
18.  Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisee who despised the publican?
19.  Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I going to do about it?
20. Do I grumble and complain constantly?
21.  Is Christ real to me?

O God, give us a generation that seeks after you and your kingdom with passion. In the mighty name of the Savior, Amen.


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