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The Jeremiah Option

A sermon given at the Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church Camp Meeting – August 6, 2017.

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14

Well, here we are—our second annual Camp Meeting worship service! They say if you do something once it’s an event, but doing it twice makes it a tradition. This is one tradition of our church that I’m very excited about.

I’m excited about it because it’s actually part of our larger Methodist tradition. When John Wesley began preaching the gospel of grace in 18th century England, there were many in the Church of England who were threatened by this upstart Methodist movement; to the point at which Wesley was banned from preaching in many of the churches. Wesley soon took up the challenge of his friend, George Whitefield, and began to preach outdoors in the fields and market squares. In one famous incident, Wesley was barred from preaching in the church in which he grew up and where his father had been the rector, so he went outside and stood on the one piece of ground he knew that the church leaders could not eject him from—he stood on his father’s grave stone and preached with power. From then on, Methodism became a kind of wilderness, outdoor kind of Christianity—always moving to the frontier and where the people were.

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