“Thursday, March 29. I left London and in the evening expounded to a small company in Basingstoke. Sat. 31. In the evening I reached Bristol and met Mr. Whitefield there. I could scarce reconcile myself at first to this strange way of preaching in the fields,
of which he set me an example on Sunday, having been all my life (till very lately) so tenacious of every point relating to decency and order that I should have thought the saving of souls almost a sin if it had not been done in a church.”
“Mon. 2. At four in the afternoon I submitted to ‘be more vile’, and proclaimed in the highways the glad tidings of salvation, speaking from a little eminence in a ground adjoining to the city, to about three thousand people.” From Wesley’s published Journal, for March-April 1739 (The Works of John Wesley, vol. 19, Ed. W. R. Ward and R. P. Heitzenrater (Nashville: Abingdon, 1990), 46). The ‘be more vile’ quote is from 2 Samuel 6:22.
Rooting Our Identity “ When the spine of identity is well established, it is possible to risk relating in depth to those whoa re different from ourselves. When the spine of identity is weak, then everything is a threat.” - James Fowler Weaving the New Creation
“In the context of the secularized, post- Christian West our witness will be credible only if it flows from a local, worshiping community. Newbigin suggests that the only hermeneutic of the gospel is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it. ” - David J. Bosch
REFLECTION What are you going to take back with you to your local church context?