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Like most defining things in life, our faith has roots.

When we examine those roots, we can more deeply understand our beliefs, our practices, and most importantly our relationship with God today.

In this series, we will specifically look at our United Methodist roots in order to understand our place in the present Christian landscape. And hopefully, we will find our own renewal in the same values that gave life to the early Methodist movement.

Roots Series Devotional

This small group study will take you on a 5-week journey through England tracing the life of John Wesley and the beginning of the Methodist movement. The written components go perfectly with the video elements which feature Rev. Elizabeth Moseley.

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Week 1: Mission over Model

Devotional Video

One of the roots of the Methodist movement was the idea that we are called to always respond to our God given mission to make disciples, even if that means occasionally challenging the way things are typically done.

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Week 2: Head and Heart

Devotional Video

John Wesley viewed Christianity not as a set of opinions or system of doctrines, but as a matter of the heart. Wesley believed in faith as a personal, inward holiness that cannot help but be expressed through acts of love, service, and devotion.

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Week 3: The Reality of Grace

Devotional Video

At times, even John Wesley doubted the assurance of his Salvation. It wasn’t until one day when he felt his heart “strangely warmed” that Wesley realized God’s grace could actually be experienced. From then on, grace became a root that anchored and sustained his theology, his ministry, and the Methodist movement.

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Week 4: Personal and Social Holiness

Devotional Video

Wesley believed that in addition to having a deep, personal relationship with God, we must also express our faith by serving people the way Jesus did, both spiritually and physically. This understanding of faith became the motto of the Methodist movement: Love of God, and love of neighbor.

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Week 5: Rich, robust discipleship

Devotional Video

Wesley saw his own relationship with God as something to develop and continually work at. It was something that required constant tending and encouragement from a faithful community. And he thought other people’s relationship with God needed the same.

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All are welcome to join us!

In a small group, sunday morning class, or just want to follow along by yourself? We invite you to utilize the resources for this series whenever convenient for you. Make sure to download the Devotional PDF and each week we've provided a devotional video to dig deeper. The sermons will also be archived for you to listen or watch again.

If you have questions, contact Lauri Lueder at .

Can't make it to HPUMC?

We've got you covered! We invite you to join us in Worship each Saturday evening and Sunday morning via HPUMC Online, our online campus. Make sure to also join our HPUMC Online Facebook Group where we'll be continuing the discussion after the sermon throughout the week.