Write a vision, and make it plain upon a tablet so that a runner can read it.
John Wesley insisted that religion be plain.
That is, he was intent on embodying a faith that was accessible to all, not just the erudite overly-educated clergy, or the sanctimonious saints who had never left the church.
He often called this “pure religion,” by which he meant a faith that was unencumbered with unnecessary complexities.
Now, one doesn’t need to read much of Wesley to realize that while he insisted on a simple religion, his faith was anything but simplistic. The Wesleyan way of faith holds together many complex tensions in profoundly paradoxical ways (i.e. personal piety and social holiness, evangelical fervor and sacramental practices, just to name a couple).
But the vision is simple: make an invitation and entry for all to find their way into the mystery of God’s love.
For Wesley, making that path into the heart of God plain was what drove him to start new chapels, cell groups and missions. The plain truth was that there were many people (perhaps most people) who were living outside of the simple and profound truth that God loved them deeply and wanted to be in relationship with them in such a way that they were made whole.
That simple vision still drives the great-great-great grandchildren of the Wesleyan moment in North Carolina. Noticing who is not in communion, we are compelled like Father Wesley to create plain paths for others to find their way into the mystery of God’s love.
“As a partner with lmpact10, you are a critical part of making the way to God plain.”
I invite you and your congregation to pray through your call to make a way into communion plain for those around you.
May the invitation and entry into communion be so plain through your life and ministry that the world sprinting past can see it, and find their way in.
C. Greg Moore. Executive Director NFC