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5 Facts About the Methodist Church that You Should Know

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

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

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.

Types of Methodist Churches

The Methodist Church first began in England during the 18th century when the church of England was being reformed. The Wesley brothers formed the Holy Club at the University of Oxford, where they held weekly meetings to talk about the Methodist way of living their lives. The Methodist idea was to use the rules and methods to determine religious convictions. The term “Methodist” was used to mock the group for their beliefs which were turned into a title by the leader of the club, John Wesley. He was also the person to coin the term, “agree to disagree.”

The Methodist churches believed that all people have the ability to accept or reject salvation from sin. Their doctrine states that human beings are capable of achieving Christian perfection in their lifetime, so the churches support and encourage all the good works and faith. Today there are three different types of Methodist churches throughout the world.

United Methodist Church

Methodist Church

United Methodist Church believes in the doctrines written in the documents named as The Articles of Religion and The Confession of Faith. John Wesley wrote the sermons and several notes on the New Testament, explaining the importance of studying the doctrines. The churches form the Methodist groups came to be known as Methodist Episcopal Churches. Soon many Methodist churches started renaming themselves based on the regions and cultures. The United Methodist Church was formed to encompass all the groups in the United States together in 1968.

Free Methodist Church

The Free Methodist Church was first organized in the United States, 1860. The early members formed the first churches in Illinois and New York. The motive behind building these churches was to stay true to their church beliefs. The members of free Methodist churches rejected slavery and did not give membership to any slave owners. Even today, the free Methodist churches work to create better relationships between the communities. They work towards promoting the right justice and peace among people and helping the poor with the right community support. The membership for free Methodist churches has grown from the United States to places around the world, including Brazil, India, Burundi, Congo, and more.

Methodist Church

African Methodist Episcopal Church

The African Methodist Episcopal churches were formed for the free African society in 1787. An organization was formed to provide the right aid to the community of African citizens of the United States. At first, the AME churches focused more on helping the African descent from the intolerance and discrimination they faced during those times. But they were still open to people from all races and cultures based on the Methodist theology. Today the AME churches have spread around the North American regions, and also in South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. They have a history of containing the names of many known leaders, such as Rosa Parks, Vernon Jordan, and Oliver Brown.

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