The Methodist churches first came into existence in the 18th century with a different approach to Christianity. The United Methodist Churches was formed by the Protestants who were motivated by the doctrine and notes of John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley. The two Wesley brothers and George Whitefield were also significant leaders in the movement. Here are the ten facts that you did not know about Methodist churches before.
First began as the reformation of the Church of England
The first few men of the Methodist ideology formed a small group for the reformation of the Church of England. The Wesley brothers formed the Holy Club in the University of Oxford to share their thoughts on living a methodic life. The term “Methodist” was first used as a mockery John Wesley turned into a title of honour.
The Four key points
John Wesley taught four key points to the members of the Methodist church as the fundamentals.
A person is free to accept or reject salvation on their own will.
Everyone who becomes obedient to the gospel will be saved.
The holy spirit assures a Christian directly of their salvation through inner learning and experience.
Christians in this life can achieve Christian perfection in this life and are commanded by God himself to pursue it.
The Methodist Music
The Methodist churches give huge attention and importance to music, which is why they are well-known for creating the best hymns in Christianity. Charles Wesley made over 6,000 hymns in his lifetime which are translated to many languages today. His work was recognized by the Gospel Music Association in 1995, and his name was also included in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
The Methodist denomination
During their lifetime, the Wesley brother saw the growth of Methodist church member from four to over a hundred thousand. Started from a small group at Oxford, known as the Holy Club, they had a constant growth until 1791 when John Wesley passed away. At this time the group has 72,000 members in the British Empire and 60,000 members in America. Today the number of members has grown over 40 million members around the world, including countries such as India, Brazil, and Congo.
John Wesley was the first one to say “Agree to disagree.”
John Wesley attended several conferences and had countless debates with people over the ideology of the Methodist Church. He has heated theological disputes with another renowned preacher named George Whitefield. The first-ever documented use of the phrase “Agree to disagree” is noted to be from a debate between George and John. This term was used by John Wesley to indicate that he wanted to stick to his convictions while being polite and maintaining the connection with whom he debated and disagreed.