Faith as total commitment. . . . Faith does not mean theoretical assent to a proposition, but vital commitment to a program. Obviously, one could summarize a program in a proposition and believe in that proposition, but faith can never be reduced to factual assent rather than total dedication. Faith (Greek pistis) is a total life-style commitment.
~Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan

Bible Study Using John Wesley’s Marrow of Scripture

Prevenient Grace, Sin, Justifying Grace, & Sanctifying Grace

John Wesley spoke of “the marrow of Scripture.”  Basically, he was speaking about those elements of Scripture that are most important – the core.  Focusing on these elements (Prevenient Grace, Sin, Justifying Grace, & Sanctifying Grace) can help us see the most important elements of the Scriptures.

  • Prevenient Grace:
    Does this passage speak of God’s initiative?
    How is this shown?
  • Sinfulness:
    Does this passage speak to our sinfulness as human beings?
    Does this passage speak of our need for God’s intervention in our lives?
    How is this shown?
  • Justifying Grace:
    Does this passage speak of God’s initiative in helping us turn to God and God’s initiative in declaring us righteous?
    How is this shown?
  • Sanctifying Grace:
    Does this passage speak of God’s initiative in helping us become more Christ-like and God’s initiative in helping us grow our relationship / partnership with God?
    How is this shown?

by Rev. Troy Sims


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