I want to begin this process by explaining the Wesleyan Way of Discipleship. Wesley enunciated this way in Sermon 92: On Zeal when he described a series of concentric circles as a way to understand discipleship.
The first ring out from the center is labeled by Wesley as Holy Tempers. It might more clearly be stated as Holy Habits and Wesley invoked the Apostle Paul and the Fruit of the Spirit as the "habits" that would form in the life of a person that has Jesus at the center of his or her life.
The next ring involves what Wesley refers to as Acts of Mercy (see list above for examples). These are outwardly focused actions in which the Christian, in response to God's love in his or her heart, undertakes on behalf of the Kingdom. If we are in love with Christ, Wesley would say that we would be inclined to demonstrate that love by engaging in these acts of mercy.
The next ring involves Acts of Piety. For Wesley, as we mature in our discipleship, we must also engage in certain actions that will draw us closer to God. This is an inward focused action. We draw closer to God via prayer, reading scripture, the sacraments, etc, (see list above.)
The final ring represents the Church and draws upon a passage from Hebrews 10:24-25 in which we are admonished as members of the church to provoke one another in love. Provoke in this sense does not mean to provoke to anger or agitation, but rather to remind one another of the things that God is doing in our lives and to see if God is likewise doing it in the lives of others.
It will be very important for you to keep this diagram in mind if you plan on following this blog on a regular basis. This diagram IS the basis for this blog and in future posts I will be seeking to provide commentary and to "provoke" you to a deeper relationship with God.
I am just a simple United Methodist pastor. I am an elder in the Holston Annual Conference. This blog is my attempt to share the insights that I have gathered from John Wesley's writings and from others more knowledgable than myself in regards to Wesley. I am not a scholar. Perhaps you could best think of me as a practical theologian.