The Wesleyan Way to Spiritual Formation: Christian Spirituality in the Letters of John Wesley

INTRODUCTION•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••   1

Part I. The Spiritual Formation of John Wesley and its Expression

in His Teachings on Christian Spirituality in His Letters

Chapter

I. A SURVEY OF THE LITERATURE WHICH HAD FORMATIVE INFLUENCE ON JOHN WESLEY••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 10

Patristic Spirituality

The Spanish Mystics

French Spirituality

Puritan Spirituality

German Spirituality

Anglican Spirituality

American Spirituality

II.SPIRITUAL FORMATION THEORY IN THE LETTERS OF JOHN WESLEY•••• 44

Wesley's Paradigms and  Stages of Spiritual Foi:mation

Wesley's Descriptors for Various Aspects of Spiritual Fonnation

III. SPIRITUAL DIRECTION IN THE LETTERS••••••••••••••••••••••••• 58

John Wesley and Spiritual Direction

Characteristics of John Wesley's Spiritual Guidance as Found in the Letters

IV. CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE IN THE LETTERS••••••••••••••••••••••••• 75

Societies,Classes, and Bands

Christian Conference in the Letters:Small Groups

Christian conference in the Letters:Person to Person

V. PRAYER, FASTING, AND DEVOTIONAL READING•••••••••••••••••••••• 92

Private Prayer

Group Prayer

Fasting

Bible Reading

Meditation

Extra-Biblical Reading

VI.SELF-KNOWLEDGE, SELF-EXAMINATION, AND SELF-SURRENDER••••••• 114

Self-knowledge

Self-Examination

Self-Denial and Canplete Devotanent to God

VII. THE INTERIOR LIFE AS OBSERVED IN THE LETTERS •••••••••••••• 124

The Witness of the Spirit

Communion with God

Holy and Unholy Tempers

Spiritual Combat

VII. SEEING GOD IN EVERYTHING: PARTICULAR PROVIDENCE IN THE LETTERS••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 149

Particular Providence in the Letters

Wesley's Doctrine of Particular Providence Evaluated

For Reflection

VIII. LIVING FOR OTHERS :CHRISTIAN SERVICE AS A SPIRITUAL

IX. DISCIPLINE IN THE LETTERS•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 160

X. CHRISTIAN PERFEX::TION IN THE LETTERS••••••••••••••••••••••••• 169

Christian Perfection in Wesley's Letters

Case Studies:Christian Perfection in the correspondence

with Peggy Dale and Ann Bolton    ·

PART II. TRENDS AND GOALS OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY TODAY

XI. SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY IN TYPICAL WESLEYAN WORKS•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 187

Wesleyan·Theological Works

Wesleyan.Works on Christian Education

Wesleyan Works on Church Renewal

Wesleyan Works on Social Refo:cn and History

The Oxford Institute

Wesleyan Writers Who Address Spiritual Fonnation

or Christian Spirituality Directly

Use of Wesley's Letters

XII. WESLEYANISM AND REPRESENTATIVE MODERN SPIRITUALITIES•••••• 209

A Scientific Spirituality

A Sensate Spirituality

A Psychological Spirituality

Social Spirituality

Traditional Spirituality

XIII.TOWARD A WESLEYAN SPIRITUALITY FOR TODAY••••••••••••••••• 235

Remote Foundationals

Proximate Practices and Concerns

CONCLUSION:EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 258

Description of the Course

The Students

The Lesson Plans

The Pre-Test and Post-Test

The Chi-Squared Sign Test

Student Evaluation of the Teacher, the Teaching and the Course

How To Do It Better

For Further Study

 

 

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