The theological concerns of Charles Wesley are expressed primarily through his repertory of over 9,000 hymns and sacred poems. They include inquiries into the meaning of the Church's sacred rites, festivals, and seasons (e.g., Holy Communion, Baptism, Advent, Christmas, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost) and a host of other concerns, such as conversion, sanctification, perfection, holiness, grace, and love. This volume prepares the reader to read Wesley's poetry, showing the plethora of literary, theological, and societal influences on his thought and writing; and brings together a collection of hymns and sacred poems that are representative of his theological perspectives. The reader is given the opportunity to become better equipped to grasp the meaning of Wesley's profound lyrical theology and its implications for contemporary theology and life.
S.T. Kimbrough, Jr. is a Research Fellow of the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition of the Divinity School of Duke University and founder of The Charles Wesley Society. He is editor of its journal Proceedings of The Charles Wesley Society and author/editor of several books on Charles Wesley including: 'The Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley', 3 vols., and 'The Manuscript Journal of the Reverend Charles Wesley, M.A.', 2 vols.
Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations I: Lyrical Theology 1 Lyrical Theology 2 Lyrical Theology: Theology in Hymns 3 Charles Wesley's Lyrical Theology 4 Literary and Ecclesial Sources Used in Charles Wesley's Poetry 5 The Wesleyan Poetical Sources Used in this Volume II: Poetical Selections (The numbers in parenthesis indicate the numbers of the poetical selections) Part 1: The Glory of the Triune God Praise and Thanksgiving (1-6) God's Nature (7-11) God as mystery (7-9) God as divine energy and divine essence (10-11) Providence (12) Creation (13) Part 2: The Grace of Jesus Christ In Praise of Christ (14-18) Christ's Gracious Life (19-25) Promised coming (19) Birth and incarnation / kenosis (20-25) Life and teaching (26-28) Passion and death (29-35) Resurrection and ascension (36-40) Part 3: The Power of the Holy Spirit In Praise of the Holy Spirit (41-42) The Fruit of the Spirit (45) Prevenient Grace (46-48) Invitation (46-47) Repentance (48) Justifying Grace (49-53) Pardon (49) Assurance (50-53) Sanctifying and Perfecting Grace (54-85) New birth and the new creature (54-61) Holiness of heart (62-70) (Personal transformation) (Participation in the divine nature / theosis) Holiness of life (71-74) Gradual holiness (75-80) Prayer, trust, hope (81-82) Strength in trials (83-85) Part 4: The Community of Faith The Nature of the Church (86-103) Born of the spirit (92) United in christ (93-100) Called to god's mission (101-3) The Book of the Church: Holy Scripture (104-12) The Sacraments and Rites of the Church (113-31) Baptism (113-14) Eucharist / holy communion / lord's supper (115-25) Marriage (126-28) Ordination (129) Funeral and service of death and resurrection (130-31) Particular Times of Worship (132-39) Opening of worship (132-33) Closing of worship (134) Morning (135-37) Evening (138-39) Christian Year and Special Observances (advent , christmas [20-25], passion [29-35], easter [36-39], ascension , pentecost [28, 41], all saints' day [146-48]) Transfiguration (140-141) The love feast (142) Covenant service (143) Part 5: A New Heaven and a New Earth (144-50) Death and Eternal Life (144-45) Communion of the Saints (146-48) Return and Reign of the Lord (149) The Completion of Creation / The City of God (150) Bibliography Index of Biblical References Index of Names Index of First Lines and Titles of Poems Introduction to the Scriptural Index Scriptural Index Subject Index