- All Methodists (regardless of denominational heritage) who have wondered what happened to their once great movement
- Church leaders who are wanting to challenge their congregations with true spiritual empowerment
- Anyone who yearns to be part of an awakened church
- Small groups (each week includes a group discussion guide; DVD sold separately)
In these pages you’ll:
- Be reminded of the unique nature of the Methodist movement
- Find inspiration to reclaim the key Wesleyan doctrine of entire sanctification
- Discover how to embrace this experience of perfect love in your own life
About the Study
Perfect Love: Recovering Entire Sanctification—The Lost Power of the Methodist Movement is a wake-up call to the people called Methodists. According to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, God raised up Methodism in order to spread the central teaching of entire sanctification. The church has offered an unbalanced understanding of the gospel for too long. The promise of forgiveness and pardon through faith in Jesus Christ has been emphasized in many parts of the body of Christ. Initial conversion and new birth are good news indeed! But they are also just the beginning of the life that is promised to us in the Bible. Jesus came not only so that we could be forgiven, but so that we could have life abundantly.
This book calls all Methodists—the spiritual descendants of the Wesleyan revival, regardless of contemporary denominational expression—back to who we have been at our best, in times when we have been a growing, vibrant, and Spirit-filled movement. It is time to retrieve Methodism’s lost treasure, the doctrine of entire sanctification. This doctrine speaks to the radical optimism that through the work of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can move from struggling to survive as Christians to thriving! Perfect Love provides an in-depth explanation of entire sanctification and helps readers pursue all that God has for us.
“I applaud this clear call to awaken ourselves to the blessing and gift of entire sanctification . . .”
General Brian Peddle, The Salvation Army International
“Perfect Love is a clarion call back to a core teaching of the Methodist movement. I moved through its pages with joy and wonder.”
Bishop Mike Lowry, Resident Bishop of the Central Texas Conference, United Methodist Church
“As I read Perfect Love my heart leapt within me. My imagination cannot grasp the enormous outpouring God would do in this generation and those to come if we recover entire sanctification. May it be so Lord!”
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church
“Those across the Methodist family desiring to reclaim our heritage in the pursuit of holiness will find Perfect Love a useful resource and discussion guide.”
Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath, 128th Bishop, The African Methodist Episcopal Church
“In Perfect Love, Kevin Watson calls the larger Wesleyan family to imagine the impact of a renewal of the Wesleyan doctrine of entire sanctification. He reminds us of the promise of the full gospel, namely deliverance from sin and transformation of the affections. I join with the author in praying for a revival of holy love, and the flourishing of pure religion.”
Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns, Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Preview endorsements and the first week of content here.
Sample Video Session
About The Author
Kevin M. Watson is the Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, he is an ordained elder in the Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church. His writing explores the role of small group formation in early Methodism and considers its relevance for contemporary Christianity. Watson blogs at kevinmwatson.com.
- Length: 8 chapters
- Page count: 244
- DVD accompaniment: Optional — 8, 10-minute sessions
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*Church leaders interested in a free preview copy for possible congregational use can email farmteam(at)seedbed.com.