The Story Behind the Hymn | Charles Wesley


William Barclay once wrote that a person needs to have three conversions: first, to God; second, to other Christians; and third, to the world. Certainly there are these three crucial aspects to our faith—worship, fellowship, and ministry.

Charles Wesley, the prolific Methodist hymnwriter, wrote widely on all three sides of this sacred triangle. Many churches emphasize one of these aspects and neglect one or two of the others.

Some focus on personal growth or outreach but never develop a “body life” in which Christians get to know and love one another.

Others are so absorbed in Christian fellowship that they never do anything to reach out to others. As usual, Wesley’s words are rooted in Scripture.

The New Testament continually weaves these three threads of Christian life together.

Scriptures: Acts 4:23-24; Ephesians 4:7, 11-13; Hebrews 10:25

Themes: Redemption, Fellowship, Church

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