Excerpt from The Renaissance of Methodism
The rise of Methodism was the revival of primitive Christianity. The Wesleys and their co-workers were apostolic in life and labors. In the United Kingdom, Christian ity had become a mere dogma or a divine scheme of philosophy - nothing more. In sermon and in song the Wesleys taught that Christianity was a divine power, and that nothing short of a new birth by the Holy Spirit of God would entitle a man to be called a Christian. This was the secret of the marvelous growth of Methodism in Great Britain and, later, in our own land. The conversion of the soul by faith in Christ, followed by the witness of the Spirit to adoption, was the great theme of these heaven-sent heralds of the Cross, Whose school of theology had been the Holy Club.
Thus it was that, from the beginning, Meth odism was like the early Christian Church - a revival Church.
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