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A Class would consist of no more than 20 people. Today an ideal size is between four and twelve. Wesley had three “General Rules of the Methodist Class Meetings” for which each class member was expected to give a verbal account as to their personal progress the past week. These three “General Rules” are:


I. DOING NO HARM

II. DOING GOOD . . . OF EVERY POSSIBLE SORT

III. ATTENDING UPON ALL THE ORDINANCES OF GOD INCLUDING:

A. THE PUBLIC WORSHIP OF GOD

B. THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD, EITHER READ OR EXPOUNDED

C. THE LORD’S SUPPER

D. SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES (Bible Study)

E. FASTING OR ABSTINENCE (Wednesday/Friday until Tea Time)


Thus early Methodists grew weekly “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” The people “called Methodists continually became more and more like Jesus.”