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Read 1000 pages from any of the readings and answer the question based on the readings as a summary.

Readings:
Runyon, The New Creation, 7-25;
Wesley, “The Image of God” (1733), Sermons, 13–21;
Wesley, “The Circumcision of the Heart” (1733/1748), Sermons, 23–32;
Wesley, “The One Thing Needful” (1734), Sermons, 33–38;
Charles Wesley, “Awake, Thou That Sleepest” (1742), Sermons, 86-95;
Wesley, “Original Sin” (1759), Sermons, 325–334
Runyon, The New Creation, 26-70;
Wesley, “On Working Out Our Own Salvation” (1785), Sermons, 485–492;
Wesley, “The Way to the Kingdom” (1746), Sermons, 123–132;
Wesley, “Salvation by Faith” (1738), Sermons, 39–47;
Wesley, “Justification by Faith” (1746), Sermons, 111–121
Runyon, The New Creation, 82-101, 222-233;
Wesley, “The Law Established Through Faith, Discourse I” (1750), Sermons, 267–276;
Wesley, “The Law Established Through Faith, Discourse II” (1750), Sermons, 277–285;
Wesley, “Of Preaching Christ” (1750), John Wesley, 231–237;
Wesley, “On Sin in Believers” (1763), Sermons, 359–369;
Wesley, “The Repentance of Believers” (1767), Sermons, 405–417;
Wesley, “The Scripture Way of Salvation” (1765), Sermons, 371–380;
Runyon, The New Creation, 91-101;
Wesley, “Christian Perfection” (1741), Sermons, 69–84;
Wesley, “On the Wedding Garment” (1790), Sermons, 559–565;
Wesley, “The Rift with the Moravians” (1739–41), John Wesley, 353–376;
Wesley, “Letter to John Newton” (1765), John Wesley, 77–80;
Wesley, “Thoughts on Christian Perfection” (1760), John Wesley, 283–298;
Wesley, “Cautions and Directions to the Greatest Professors...” (1762), John Wesley, 298–305;
Heitzenrater, Wesley and the People Called Methodists, 97-198.
Wesley, “The Minutes of the Conferences, 1744–1747,” John Wesley, 134–177;
Wesley, “The Rules of the United Societies” (1743) and “The Rules of the Bands” (1738), John Wesley, 177–181;

Justification Readings:
Runyon, The New Creation, 71-81

Regeneration, or New Birth Readings:
Wesley, “The Spirit of Bondage and Adoption” (1746), Sermons, 133–144;
Wesley, “The Marks of the New Birth” (1748), Sermons, 173–182;
Wesley, “The New Birth” (1760), Sermons, 335–345;
Wesley, “The Great Privilege of Those That Are Born of God” (1748), Sermons, 183–191;

Assurance Readings:
Wesley, “Letter to Charles Wesley” (1766), John Wesley, 80–82;
Wesley, “The Witness of the Spirit, Discourse II” (1767), Sermons, 393–403;

Also, answer the following question:
What issues emerged in your reading which have relevance for the vitality of the church, or your own ministry of evangelism?

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Wesley’s sermons relate to many fundamental theological questions. They explain in great detail such basics of the Christian life and practice as justification, new birth, sanctification, and assurance of salvation. All of these questions have been subject to theological debate throughout the history of Christianity. The church I belong to, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, just like other churches of the Wesleyan tradition, are in agreement with how Wesley interpreted these issues. So for me it is critical to understand the dynamics of Wesley’s thought and to verify and confirm the biblical foundation of Wesley’s interpretations.
One of the issues I encountered while going through Wesley’s sermons and other assigned readings is the difference between sin and transgressions. Wesley carefully analyzes this topic in his sermon entitled “Christian Perfection” and in the treatise called “Thoughts on Christian Perfection.” In addition, some aspects of the same issue are also discussed in other sermons, such as “The Marks of the New Birth” and “The New Birth.” Wesley draws a clear line between transgressions, which he regards as an outcome of our human limitations, ignorance, lack of knowledge, or bad habits, and sin, which is a wilful and deliberate act....

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