Wesleyan Eucharistic Spirituality: Its Nature, Sources and Future
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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Eucharistic place and presidency
Encounter with the presence of Christ
The divine initiative and grace
The healing sacrament
Sources of Wesleyan Eucharistic
Forming lives through the eucharist
Seeing life through the eucharist
A Summary picture
The decline of eucharistic observance and fervour
Is there a desire?
The weak link of Wesleyan eucharistic spirituality
The documents of the Wesleys
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