Oakley United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Bringing Joy to God and Our Neighbors
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How much do you really know about our Methodist Heritage? 
How much do you really know about:


Our founder John Wesley? His brother Charles?

How Methodism began?  How it spread to the American colonies? 

How it spread across America?  How we came to be called “United" Methodists?

Answers to these questions and many more will be provided in our Methodist Heritage study which begins                  Thursday May 3rd.   This four-week series will be offered at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm each week. Please let                    Pastor Vic know if you will be in attendance. Below is some preliminary information to get you started.

Distinctive Emphases

John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living.  They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

The distinctive shape of our theological heritage can be seen not only in this emphasis on Christian living, but also in Wesley’s distinctive understanding of God’s saving grace.  Although Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in salvation by grace, he combined them in a powerful way to create distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life.


Grace is central to our understanding of Christian faith and life. Grace can be defined as the love and mercy            given to us by God because God wants us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it.                       Our United Methodist heritage is rooted in a deep and profound understanding of God’s grace.                                  This incredible grace flows from God’s great love for us!                                

Blessings and Peace! Pastor Vic

Information courtesy of: www.umc.org/what-we-believe/our-wesleyan-heritage