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The Wesleyan Concept of Grace

My grace is all you need. 2 Corinthians 12:9. Illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications.

Illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications

John Wesley preached and wrote often about the amazing grace that leads us into renewed relationship with God.

To each one of us grace has been given. Ephesians 4:7. Illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications.

Illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications

In Wesleyan understanding, grace is not something we claim under our own power. It is, instead, a gift from God.

God’s grace roots out the sin in our lives. Illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications.

Illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications

Through God’s sanctifying grace, we mature as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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The Bible teaches us that everything we have from God is given because of God’s great love for us. “You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith,” Ephesians 2 reads. “This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of” (Ephesians 2:8-9 CEB).

United Methodists recognize God’s grace at work throughout our spiritual journeys. John Wesley, the historic founder of the Methodist movement, wrote and preached about the role of God’s grace to prepare us, redeem us, and continually shape us into the people we were created to be.

Learn more about God’s amazing grace at work in our lives.

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To each one of us grace has been given. Ephesians 4:7. Illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications

God at work before we know it: Prevenient grace

In this Wesleyan understanding, we remind ourselves grace is not something we claim under our own power. It is, instead, a gift from God. Read More

My grace is all you need. Illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications

By grace we are forgiven: Justifying grace

Explore the Wesleyan concept of grace and what it means when we say grace is ‘a description of God at work in our lives.’ Read More

God’s grace roots out the sin in our lives. Illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications.

Grace’s power over sin: Sanctifying grace

United Methodists know that by grace, which is more powerful than sin, God roots out sinful behaviors so that we may live and love more like Jesus. Read More