The Wesleyan Church
Debra Heights Wesleyan Church is proud to be affiliated with more than 4,000 congregations worldwide as a part of The Wesleyan Church. Named for 18th century preacher John Wesley, whose fiery preaching and methodical pursuit of godliness sparked a revolution in England which spread to the Americas, The Wesleyan Church claims more than 400,000 constituents around the globe. What does it mean to be Wesleyan, though?
The Wesleyan Church is a denomination of the Christian faith. Like Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Nazarenes, and others, we believe Jesus Christ was the Son of God, came to earth as a man some two thousand years ago, and died on a cross to provide salvation for everyone who chooses to believe in Him.
While, on the surface, this means that we're not Catholic, the concept of being a Protestant is actually a little deeper than that. Like the Lutherans, Calvinists (e.g., Baptists, Presbyterians), and even Anglicans who broke off from the Catholic church in the 16th and 17th centuries, Wesleyans believe that Scripture, not the pope, should be the ultimate authority in matters of faith; life-changing faith in Jesus Christ, not mere actions, is the only way to get to heaven; and every believer, not just a few priests, has the ability to approach the throne of God and the responsibility to minister to people around them.
We Emphasize Holiness
Holiness is defined as a separation from sin, or all that stuff that we do even though we know it isn't quite right. As Wesleyans, we believe that Jesus came so that we could be saved from sin itself, not just its consequences. To that end, Wesleyans encourage each other to live our lives as much like Jesus as we possibly can. We recognize, though, that this isn't easy. And so we try to develop methods or disciplines that will help us to do this such as prayer, Bible study, fasting, worship, and more. Really, that's what we're about: helping each other become more like Jesus.