Section 3 - Our Doctrinal Standards and General Rules

Section 3 - Our Doctrinal Standards and General Rules

The Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church

[Bibliographical Note: The Articles of Religion are here reprinted from the Discipline of 1808 (when the first Restrictive Rule took effect), collated against Wesley's original text in The Sunday Service of the Methodists (1784). To these are added two Articles: "Of Sanctification" and "Of the Duty of Christians to the Civil Authority," which are legislative enactments and not integral parts of the document as protected by the Constitution (see Judicial Council Decisions 41, 176).]

The Confession of Faith of The Evangelical United Brethren Church

[Bibliographical Note: The text of the Confession of Faith is identical to that of its original in The Discipline of The Evangelical United Brethren Church (1963).]

The Standard Sermons of Wesley

[Bibliographical Note: The Wesleyan "standards" have been reprinted frequently. The critical edition of Wesley's Sermons is included in The Works of John Wesley, vols. 1–4 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1984–87).]

The Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament

[Bibliographical Note: The Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament (1755) is currently in print (Ward's 1976 edition) and is forthcoming as vols. 5–6 of The Works of John Wesley.]

The General Rules of the Methodist Church

[Bibliographical Note: The General Rules are printed here in the text of 1808 (when the fifth Restrictive Rule took effect), as subsequently amended by constitutional actions in 1848 and 1868.]

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2004. Copyright 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.