John Wesley was a troublemaker, a college student, and an extraordinary and passionate man of God…perfect for an organization of college-aged people! Wesley didn’t plan to start a movement that would last over three centuries and cover the world. He just set out in faith to follow God’s call on his life.
While he was a college student at Oxford in England, he and his friends started a club to hold themselves accountable to their faith in God. They studied scripture together and promised to live holy lives by visiting those in prison, taking communion every week, and giving tithes to the church. Other people in college mocked them and called them “The Holy Club” or “The Bible Moths” or “The Methodists” because they were so methodical taking care of the poor, reading scripture three hours a day, and attending worship every week. Bullies were active even in the 1700s!
Wesley served as an Anglican priest. He was disturbed by people’s lack of passion for their faith. Through prayer, study, experience and reason, John ended up creating a breakaway group from the Anglican church that would later be a denominational family of People Called Methodists which The United Methodist Church is now a part of.
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We look to the Bible to find our core values. Mark 12:30-31 sums it up nicely where Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
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Love God with your heart—we worship together!
Love God with your Soul—we pray together!
Love God with your Mind—we study together!
Love God with your Strength—we walk along the journey of life together!
Love your neighbors, all of them—we work to impact our community here in Wilmington and around the world!