The Methodist quadrilateral
Methodists traditionally use a fourfold
approach to learn about our Christian faith and apply it to
contemporary issues and to our Christian practice:
We seek to discover the word of God through
reading the Bible. There are different understandings among
Methodists about the Bible's authority in our lives. We need to use
resources like different Bible translations, commentaries and Bible
This is the wisdom and creativity of Christians
over time and across the world. It includes inspirational material
like hymns, songs, prayers, poetry, Christian art and devotional
books,. There are also formally agreed teachings like the creeds,
the content of the catechism, and statements and reports from the
We are called to love God with our minds as well
as with our hearts. To the best of our ability we need to think
things through in the light of reason. This means becoming aware of
different points of view, and using our own critical thinking to
make sense of God's world.
Methodism particularly stresses the importance of
our own experience of God's grace working in our lives. We gain
wisdom and maturity from life experience, especially when we pray
and reflect about our story with other Christians.
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Make a Journey of Faith
What is the Methodist Church?
What do Methodists believe?
What happens during Methodist worship?
Can I get married in a Methodist Church?
Can my baby be baptized in a Methodist Church?
You'll find the answers to these and other
questions in Make a Journey of Faith - a short
introduction to the Methodist Church.
free Make a Journey of Faith ebook
epub file* Right-click and choose 'Save Target As'.
For churches wishing to deepen their welcome to
visitors and newcomers, a printed edition of the booklet is
available from Methodist Publishing. It is priced £5
(plus postage and packaging) and sold in packs of 50.