Methodism was an 18th century movement founded by John Wesley, a man who sought to reform England's Church from within. The movement, however, was separated from its main body and became an autonomous church. There were approximately 15 million Methodists worldwide at the turn of the 21st century.
According to John Wesley, the Anglican priest who began the Methodist movement, a Methodist is a person who is redeemed by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, filled with God’s love by the power of the Holy Spirit, and is someone who loves the Lord God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength.
The main characteristics of the Methodism are the following:
Brothers John and Charles Wesley are the founders of the religious movement known as Methodism. They were members of the Anglican Church in England. So Methodism originated in England as a movement within the Protestant Church and not as a new religious denomination.
Methodism was characterized by three outstanding phases or emphases: holiness of life, abundance of heart joy, and contagious evangelizing fire, so Methodism represented an important spiritual revival within the ranks of Anglicanism.
They defended a methodical life that had to be governed by rules and principles, and for this reason they were called Methodists, the name by which they are known in today’s world. For the Methodists there are three books of great importance: The Bible, the Hymnal, with hymns written and composed by John and Charles Wesley, and the Book of Discipline, which contains the different covenants agreed by the believers adhered to this movement.
The Methodist movement has its origins in England, and its founders are considered as a group of Christians led by John Wesley, his younger brother Charles Wesley helped by George Whitefield tried to find a way to renew the Church in England in the eighteenth century, through a study focused on the Bible, a methodical approach to Scripture and the relationship and impact that these aspects had with the daily lives of believers.
The importance of Methodism is that it has left us important teachings such as the universality of sin, free salvation for all, the witness of the spirit, and the call to Christian perfection. It is also important because it has neglected radical conversion, giving importance to the witness of the spirit, the moment of entire sanctification and the eschatological urgency of salvation.