On Wednesday nights I’ve been teaching a class called Methodism 101. People have responded in an enthusiastic way and we’ve been having some great conversations.
So far we’ve looked at the history of the Methodist Church, how we differ from some other faith traditions, and how God’s grace works in our lives and the world.
Tonight’s class was supposed to be on what John Wesley called the “Means of Grace”–what we often call “spiritual disciplines.”
By “means of grace” I understand outward signs, words, or actions, ordained of God, and appointed for this end, to be the ordinary channels whereby he might convey to men, preventing, justifying, or sanctifying grace. – John Wesley
These “means of grace” are practices that God desires us to take part in so that we can grow in our relationship with him. They include prayer, Bible study, fasting, worship, Christian community, and more.
Since this is a topic that a Christian can’t skip over–whether you’re in my class or not–check out this video where I teach about these “means of grace” and challenge you to begin putting them into practice. And what better day to do so than on a snow day!