Wesleyan Eucharistic Spirituality: Its Nature, Sources and Future

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ATF Press, 2005 - 301 pages
The central thesis of the book is that there is a distinctive Wesleyan eucharistic spirituality. Looking at Wesleys's eucharistic practices, theology and sources, the writer identifies a spirituality that has a number of key themes. These revolve around the dynamic encounter with a personal Christ, the grace filled life, the therapeutic growth towards holiness and wholenes. They provide a way of looking at life and the formation of characters which may conform to the image of the Christ. While there were several reasons for the decline of Weslyean eucharistic spirituality after the death of the Wesleys, the writer maintains that this spirituality can be rediscovered, revived and communicated in new forms so as to impact Methodists around the world who are facing the challenges of the 21st century. The author is a pastor in a Methodist Church in Singapore.
 

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Contents

Eucharistic rationale
13
Eucharistic place and presidency
21
Eucharistic requirements
29
Encounter with the presence of Christ
55
The divine initiative and grace
73
The healing sacrament
99
Sources of Wesleyan Eucharistic
105
Scripture
112
Forming lives through the eucharist
179
Seeing life through the eucharist
192
A Summary picture
211
The decline of eucharistic observance and fervour
215
Is there a desire?
224
The weak link of Wesleyan eucharistic spirituality
230
Conclusion
237
The documents of the Wesleys
244

The Anglican tradition
144
Closing observations
160
The centrality of Christs presence
166
Christian perfection as the goal
173
F The Wesleys use of the five senses in the hymns
251
Bibliography
262
Inex
299
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