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The Puritans stressed edification, and influenced John Wesley (1703-91) in the matter. Wesley wrote a sermon on “The Means of Grace,” in which he treated prayer, Scripture searching, and the Lord’s Supper as the chief means of being built up in the faith. Elsewhere he added fasting and Christian conference (fellowship) to these three chief means of growth in grace.


J. K. Grider, Taller My Soul: the Means of Christian Growth (1964).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

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