Carder, Chapter 8 Overview: Means of Grace – Nurturing Relationship with God



How would you summarize the information in this chapter in one or more sentences?

What statement by Bishop Carder really spoke to your mind or heart as very important for us to understand and remember?


This discussion is on a chapter from Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, by Kenneth Carder (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2009). This book is available from, and other sources.


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3 Responses to Carder, Chapter 8 Overview: Means of Grace – Nurturing Relationship with God

  1. Camille McCaskill says:

    The annoyances of life – busy, secular attractions and temptations of the world– make it difficult for us to maintain faith and be obedient along the continuing journey to grow in discipleship and grace by ourselves.

    2. “God provides food for our journey toward a world transformed by Jesus Christ. This food is a means of grace or an ordinance of God.” (p. 115)

  2. George Newton says:

    Discussion Questions:
    1.To grow as a child of God requires that we be disciplined in doing so. It requires an acceptance on our part that we are too weak on our own with the temptations of the world today. The means of grace as named in the General Rules are crucial to those who desire holiness of heart. Public worship is 1 of 6.
    2. “Worship differs from entertainment in that God is the audience and we are the actors.” Worship is judged by God and what is offered to Him.

  3. Lori Nimke says:

    1. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ and have an ever growing and deeper walk with him one must intentionally practice the presence of God. Wesley describes this intentionality as the means of grace which are: public worship, the sacraments, baptism, holy communion, acts of personal devotion, private and public prayer, searching the scriptures, fasting and Christian conferencing.

    2. “Discipleship in the United Methodist tradition is a process of growth in our awareness of and response to the power and presence of God. Growth requires nourishment and exercise.”

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