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A Plain Account of Christian Perfection (Epworth Classics) [Paperback]

By John Wesley (Author)
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Holiness and perfection are key themes of Christian spirituality discussed by Christians of all traditions. A Plain Account of Christian Perfection is one of the most popular texts of 18th century spirituality. A Plain Account of Christian Perfection is currently unavailable in book format, but is an essential read for all interested in the spirituality of 18th century Anglicanism and early Methodism. Epworth Classics are a series of attractively produced new editions of spiritual classics which continue to attract a wide readership.

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'Christian Perfection'and the search for 'Perfect Holiness' were hallmarks of the early Methodist movement and remain central aspects of Methodist spirituality to this day. In this little book which has become one of the classics of Protestant spirituality, John Wesley sets down 'a plain and distinct account of the steps by which I was led, during a course of many years to embrace the doctrine of Christian perfection'. His words remain a plain and critical challenge for Christians of all traditions. A Plain Account of Christian Perfection has been reissued in the Epworth Classics series with a new introduction by Angela Shier-Jones.

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Studio: Epworth Press
Pages   116
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.78" Width: 5.78" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.23 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 20, 2012
Publisher   Epworth Press
Series  Epworth Classics  
ISBN  0716206307  
ISBN13  9780716206309  

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More About John Wesley

John Wesley John Wesley (1703-1791) was an eighteenth century Anglican clergyman and Christian theologian who was the founder of the Methodist movement. Methodism had three rises, the first at Oxford University with the founding of the so-called "HolyClub," the second while Wesley was parish priest in Savannah, Georgia, and the third in London after Wesley's return to England. The movement took form from its third rise in the early 1740s when Wesley, along with others, began itinerant field preaching and the subsequently founded religious societies for the formation of believers. This was the first widely successful evangelical movement in Britain.Wesley's Methodist Connexion included societies throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland before spreading to other parts of the English-speaking world and beyond. He divided his religious societies further into classes and bands for intensive accountability and religious instruction.

John Wesley was born in 1703 and died in 1791.

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Edifying and Instructive  Apr 8, 2004
Since Wesley wrote in a different era, his style requires some adjustment but once one gets past that there is a lot of edifying content in this book. The key point of this book is the issue of "perfection." He sees it as living what Jesus said was the greatest commandment and its accompanying commandment, i.e., to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Wesley's life demonstrates that he reached the goal. He traveled extensively, read widely, wrote inspiringly, and influenced many people to believe in Jesus as their Savior. Thank God for his legacy in words and deeds. He truly practiced and preached.
Christian Perfection and John Wesley  May 17, 2000
John Wesley (1703-1791) firmly believed that God continued to work in the life of the believer subsequent to justification. In A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, Wesley provides an account of the development of his understanding of the doctrine of Christian Perfection. This short work contains a lucid explanation of the doctrine with special attention not only to the Biblical promises and commands that are the basis of the doctrine but also the practical way that "perfect love" works in the life of the believer. While this work was certainly intended to instruct those who were seeking "perfect love," it also attempts to answer those who would deny the doctrine.

The essence of Christian Perfection, for Wesley, was clearly defined by Christ when an expert in the law asked him, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "`You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 23.36-40 NRSV)

Here one sees that, for Wesley, the main point of Christian Perfection is "perfect love." "Perfect love" thus defines our relationship to God and others.

This book is essential for those in the Wesleyan tradition and a worthwhile read for those from other Christian perspectives that wish to understand what Wesley thinks Christian Perfection is and is not.

A true Christian classic  May 26, 1999
Wesley's brief treatise on the important yet overlooked Christian doctrine of perfection is a "must read" for all Christians interested in growing in Christ. The fact that this book is not mandatory reading in every seminary and Bible school is a travesty, making a mockery contemporary Christian education. This book is excellent for anyone serious about their spiritual journey.

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