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The John Wesley Code - Print.

The John Wesley Code - Print.

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 The John Wesley Code: Finding a Faith That Matters

By James Stuart

212pp, soft cover
2.0cm H x 24.0cm L x 17.0cm W (0.5 kgs) 
Published: November 2008.
Launched at NZ Methodist Conference 2008, Auckland

ISBN 9780958268226

[9 in stock. We will not be reprinting this book.]

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The John Wesley Code is a compelling exploration of the enduring relevance of John Wesley’s teachings for contemporary Christian faith and practice. Stuart, a respected scholar and pastor, delves into the life and legacy of Wesley, the founder of Methodism, to uncover timeless principles that can inspire and guide modern believers.

The book is structured around key aspects of Wesley’s theology and ministry, highlighting his radical commitment to social justice, personal holiness, and inclusive community.

Stuart begins by providing a rich historical context, exploring Wesley’s background, influences, and the socio-political environment of his time. This foundation allows readers to understand the depth and significance of Wesley’s contributions to Christian thought and practice.

Stuart then moves on to examine Wesley’s core teachings, focusing on his emphasis on perfect love – love for God and neighbour – as the essence of Christian life. He illustrates how Wesley’s holistic approach to faith, which integrates personal piety with social action, remains profoundly relevant today. Stuart’s accessible writing style and thorough scholarship make these complex theological concepts understandable and applicable to contemporary life.

Each chapter includes practical applications of Wesley’s principles, offering readers concrete ways to live out their faith in meaningful and impactful ways.

Stuart also provides a free 11-session study guide, making the book ideal for individual reflection or small group study. The guide includes discussion questions, reflections, and exercises that help readers deepen their understanding and integrate Wesley’s teachings into their daily lives.

The John Wesley Code is more than a historical exploration; it is a call to action. Stuart challenges readers to embrace Wesley’s vision of a faith that matters – a faith that transforms individuals and communities through love, justice, and holiness. By connecting Wesley’s teachings to contemporary issues, Stuart provides a roadmap for living out a vibrant and relevant Christian faith in today’s world.

This book is endorsed by leading scholars and church leaders, who praise it for its depth, clarity, and practical relevance. The John Wesley Code is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their spiritual journey and engage with their faith in transformative ways. Stuart’s insightful and inspiring work is a must-read for all who seek to follow in Wesley’s footsteps and make a meaningful impact in the world.

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Study Guide

Click here for a free 11 session PDF Study Guide to The John Wesley Code It enables small groups to explore the book’s messages in more depth.    

About the Author

Dr James Stuart was born in New York City and received his BA in history from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He served as an officer in the US Navy before pursuing theological studies in the United States, England, Germany and Switzerland. He held a doctorate in systematic theology and social ethics from the University of Zürich, Switzerland.

He  served churches in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Illinois and New Zealand, was the John Wesley Lecturer in Systematic Theology at St John’s Trinity Theological College in Auckland, and has taught at universities in Illinois and Oregon. While serving as chaplain at the University of Canterbury, he lectured in sociology and peace studies. He is the author of two other books, The Many Faces of Christ (1998) and Making Meaning, Finding Health (1999) and has written numerous articles on religion, theology and ethics.

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