According to John Wesley's sermon of that title, these are 'outward signs, words, or actions, ordained of God, and appointed for this end, to be the ordinary channels whereby He might convey to men, preventing, justifying or sanctifying grace'. The chief means are prayer, whether in private or with the congregation, searching the Scriptures, and receiving the Lord's Supper. According to the Minutes of Conference in 1744, in addition to such instituted means there are also prudential means of grace, such as the meetings of Society, Class and Band. Wesley advocated their use in opposition to the doctrine of 'stillness'.
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