This is an account of the early development of the Methodist church, and the lives of the Wesley brothers who were instrumental in the development of the growth and doctrinal principles of the Methodist movement.
The book starts with the early life of the Wesley family, showing the trials and tribulations that shaped their lives within the society of Britain and the church at that time. Here particularly is where the influence of Charles Wesley is explained. The book, then goes on to explore some of the theological understandings and developments in John Wesley’s expressions of faith, and describes the effects of his own personal conversion experience.
The basic understanding John Wesley had of his own theology is shown, which influenced the development and growth of Methodism, through his teaching and preaching, until the time of his death.
The controversies and divisions within Methodism are also explored; as Methodism grew so did the working out of its theology, which in turn led to disagreements and division on doctrine, organisation and the further development of a movement into a church.
At different stages in history, the Methodist church split into groups with broke away from the core movement. In the late 1800’s to early 1900’s as the foundations of life in British society stabilised, so did the relations between the Methodist groups which started to look towards a united Methodist church.
This book gives an account of many of the main factors which have led to the development of the Methodist church. Like many institutions there have been highs and lows. This account gives a good broad view of the factors which have shaped Methodist doctrine and practice.