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In response to requests for salvation help, John Wesley formed the people called “Methodists” around three general rules. These rules were developed in 1743 and are a simple and concise description of basic Christian practices. The Rules are a guide to help the Church and its individual members grow in holiness of heart and life. The General Rules are the Methodist rule of life.

Wesley’s General Rules

“It is therefore expected … that they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation,

First: By doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind, especially that which is most generally practiced …

Secondly: By doing good; by being in every kind merciful after their power; as they have opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all people …

Thirdly: By attending upon all the ordinances of God (Sometimes called “Means of Grace”); such are: The public worship of God. The ministry of the Word, either read or expounded. The Supper of the Lord. Family and private prayer. Searching the Scriptures. Fasting or abstinence.”

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