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Christian nominality in methodism

A Bester

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 25, No 1 (2004), 1-13. doi: 10.4102/ve.v25i1.257

Submitted: 03 October 2004
Published:  05 October 2004


The paper explores “discipleship” in the discipline of  “Building  up  the local church”. The empirical research indicates a perceived difference in what it means to be a disciple and what it means to be a Christian with the increasing  belief  that  discipleship  is an optional extra to the Christian calling and even a “higher form” of Christian development. The causes of nominal Christianity within Methodism and how this has resulted  in  a misunderstanding of true discipleship are considered. The paper opens a way forward for the local church to overcome nominal Christianity and to enable the process of making disciples and practising discipleship.

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A Bester, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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