Creation is an act of love, and so the Bible begins with a vulnerable God. To love is to be vulnerable. The story of creation bears that fact out. The lover seeks the beloved. The lover is not complete without the beloved.
~Verna J. Dozier

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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