Description: Welcome to a study of “The Theology of John Wesley”! The Pentecostal Movement in general and the Church of God in particular has deep roots in the Wesleyan and Holiness traditions. The identification of the Church of God with its Wesleyan and Holiness heritage has led to the designations “WesleyanPentecostal” or “Holiness-Pentecostal”. The biography, spirituality, and theology of John Wesley provide a rich resource for contemporary Wesleyan-Pentecostal belief and practice. This course assesses the life and teaching of John Wesley by means of biographies, sermons, and letters. Further, it consults fruits of the recent revival in Wesley studies. It also considers how Wesley’s integration of theology and polity may inform and shape Pentecostal practice today (e.g. in terms of ecclesial leadership and mission). Primary source documents and contemporary illustrations will supplement lectures and text materials as well as relevant links and videos. The specific aim of this course is to help the student not only to become historically informed about Wesley and his theology but also to understand and apply the genius of this heritage to the needs of the Church and world of today in Pentecostal contexts and even beyond.
Seminary: Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Key Words: Spirituality; CreationHT640 Theology of John Wesley (Richie) Fall 2021