John Wesley's Formative Reading Of Scripture As An Applicable Model For Family Discipleship
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ABSTRACT JOHN WESLEY’S FORMATIVE READING OF SCRIPTURE AS AN APPLICABLE MODEL FOR FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP This thesis examines John Wesley’s formative reading of Scripture and its usefulness as an effective model for family discipleship. Chapter 1 gives an overview of the need for resources related to family discipleship. Wesley’s writings provide a wealth of information about Scripture reading. In particular, the thesis presents Wesley’s formative reading of Scripture as an applicable model for parents involved in family discipleship in the home. Chapter 2 presents the influences on Wesley writings. Wesley’s parents had an impact on the shaping of his understanding of Scripture. His sisters, his education, and the writings of many influenced Wesley. Also, his audiences themselves shaped Wesley’s writings. Chapter 3 offers Wesley’s teachings related to the reading of Scripture. Included is a look at Wesley’s writings containing commentaries, sermons, journals, and letters. Additionally, the chapter examines a look at the movements Wesley's teachings influenced. Through past and present contexts, the practical side of Wesley’s theology is offered, as well as teachings related to families and children, and the impact these teachings had on society. Chapter 4 demonstrates an understanding of family ministry. It employs the importance of family ministry, including training parents to be lead disciple-makers in the home. Chapter 5 provides implications for the broader church. The chapter also discusses specific ways Wesley’s formative reading of Scripture impacts individuals and families, discovers the usefulness of his model related to family discipleship, and presents the importance of family discipleship in today's church. This last chapter also offers the effect a changed family has on the church and the world.