How would we answer his question?

A man walks into a United Methodist Church. He finds his way to the pastor’s office. By some providence of God, the pastor is there working on next Sunday’s sermon.

The man says he has only one question to ask: “What must I do to get to heaven?”

Based on United Methodist doctrine, what answer should the man expect from United Methodists?

(The question, by the way, is what John Wesley wrote he most wanted to know the answer to.)


3 thoughts on “How would we answer his question?

  1. To quote Wesley: “By salvation, I mean, not barely (according to the vulgar notion) deliverance from hell, or going to heaven, but a present deliverance … the renewal f our souls after the image of God in righteousness and true holiness, in justice, mercy, and truth.” (From “A Further Appeal to Men of Reason and Religion”

  2. I’m not sure what the right doctrine is, but I hope the following is what I would say:

    “That is an excellent question; I didn’t catch your name. People around here call me brother John. Ah, nice to meet you Adam. It’s extraordinarily simple, yet not easy. To get to heaven we have to give up control over our lives and trying to get everything right and give it all to Jesus. Well, more simply put we have to put our faith in Jesus and begin the journey in following him. Have you done that? (If no.. would you like to do that now? If yes.. great! That’s where we start I’d love to walk with you in this and connect you to others who’ve gone before you.”

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