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The Wesleyan Concept of Grace

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

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.

Prevenient grace illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications. 

God at work before we know it: Prevenient grace

Prevenient grace is the grace of the porch. It prepares us to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to respond in faith.
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Prevenient grace illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications. 

By grace we are forgiven: Justifying grace

Justifying grace is the grace of the door. At the moment of justification, we cross the threshold from unbelief to belief.
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Prevenient grace illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications. 

Grace's power over sin: Sanctifying grace

Sanctifying grace is the grace of the interior. Our spiritual growth as followers of Jesus is a gift from God.
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