Date of Award
Master of Arts (Christian Studies) - MA (CSt)
Kevin M. Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Free Methodist Church U.S.A., Sacraments, Lord's Supper, Means of grace, Wesleyan tradition, Methodist tradition
As descendants of the Wesleyan heritage, the Free Methodist Church USA maintains the belief that the Sacraments, particularly the Lord’s Supper, function as a means of grace within the church. Given the significant role that the Lord’s Supper played in early Methodist thought and practice, this thesis seeks to discover the level of fidelity the Free Methodist Church USA has when it comes to its understanding of the Lord’s Supper as a means of grace in the Wesleyan tradition. By exploring the current Free Methodist Church USA’s understanding of the sacrament, along with the historical Wesleyan relationship with the Lord’s Supper, this thesis seeks to show how the Free Methodist Church USA can be strengthened in both their Wesleyan heritage and their pursuit of holiness through recovering a robust understanding of the Lord’s Supper as a means of grace.
Bivins, Jarad L., "The Richest Legacy: Recovering the Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace in the Free Methodist Church USA" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 12.