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United Methodist Beliefs: Sanctifying Grace

Do you have questions about the meaning of some of the terms and teachings of The United Methodist Church? In this series, we ask clergy to share their understanding of topics. No preaching, just conversation. In this episode we discuss the concept of sanctifying grace with the Rev. Gary Henderson, Chief Relationship Officer-Global Partnerships with United Methodist Communications.


The Rev. Gary Henderson, United Methodist Communications: “Sanctifying Grace helps us to know that we are getting better. We are on a journey as people of faith. We are reminded that we are under construction. It helps us to love God, to love neighbor, to love the other, but importantly also to love ourselves. The image I have is being selected to a new leadership position that we had not even imagined. What’s that position? It’s a position where we grow deeper in our relationship to God. We grow deeper in our relationship to others. In Bible language, we become the new creation. It enables us to see the world as God sees the world. John Wesley knew the world as his parish. As sanctified believers who experience sanctifying grace, the world is also our parish. We believe it. We’re excited about it. And we step up into a new leadership role for Christ’s sake.”


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

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This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
Media contact is Joe Iovino.

This video was first posted on November 14, 2017.

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