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Upper Room Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley's Sermons for Today

Come back home to God!

A central theme in John Wesley's writings is salvation. He urged people to become and continually grow as committed disciples of Jesus Christ. His appeals and reasoning are just as relevant in the 21st century as in the 18th.

"Wesley's 'Way of Salvation' is a road map of the journey of humanity toward God," write the authors. "It's a pathway of grace in which we respond to God with increasing self-awareness of our separation and our need to come back home. Our aim is to help people understand and apply Wesley's teachings to their lives...and to transform them from being 'almost Christians' to being 'altogether Christians.'"

The authors are passionate about returning to the roots of Methodist tenets of salvation. Covering biblically based doctrinal topics such as sin, grace, justification, sanctification and ethical living, Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition explains Wesleyan theology in an easy-to-understand way.

The book's format makes a dense 13-week study especially accessible. Marginal notes highlight excerpts from Wesley's sermons, hymns and journal with the authors providing context and analysis of the themes. Daily reading and writing assignments are designed to open theological discussions and to deepen spiritual growth.

Wesley's words can reshape your daily walk. Expect to be spiritually awakened and brought into a deeper communion with God while celebrating a powerful legacy.

Douglas M. Strong is the academic dean at Seattle Pacific University. Prior to that, he was associate dean and professor of church history at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Babylon Dorrance is a student at Wesley Theological Seminary, and a candidate for ordained ministry in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Robert P. McDonald-Walker has a Ph.D in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a mathematician with NASA, a math professor at the University of North Carolina, then a student at Wesley Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Theological Studies degree in 2006. He currently serves as a part-time local pastor in the United Methodist Church in West Virginia.

Ingrid Y. Yang is associate pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Kevin M. Watson is pastor of Lamont United Methodist Church in Lamont, Oklahoma. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, he received the Methodist History Award and the Interpretation Award for excellence in biblical studies while in seminary.

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