The most fundamental distinction of Methodist teaching is that people must use logic and reason in all matters of faith. Also important is the acknowledgment of “prevenient,” “justifying,” and “sanctifying” graces. It is taught that people are blessed with these graces at different times though the power of the Holy Spirit. Prevenient grace is present before they are saved from the error of their ways. Justifying grace is given at the time of their repentance and forgiveness by God. Sanctifying grace is received when they have finally been saved from their sins and sins of the world. The Methodist Church puts a great emphasis on missionary work and other forms of spreading the Word of God and His love to others.
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