In the early half of the 1700’s, John Wesley began preaching outside of churches as an ordained Anglican minister. This was the true beginning of the Methodist Church, and his sermons were preserved and have become the basic standard of the modern Methodist Church. His sermons, preached to anyone who chose to listen, were filled with the message that any person could receive God’s love and forgiveness.
His message that any person can be redeemed in God’s eyes has been touching people ever since, and the modern Methodist Church welcomes any and all people to attend their worship services. The ability to be part of the church is one of the fundamental values that people share, and each member is considered to be part of the church’s administrative structure. Each church is part of the overall body of the faith, and this gives participants a sense of belonging. The Methodist Church is one of the most open churches of any Christian faith.