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Before him loomed the church he knew was comingthe church of the ex-poor. How would they keep the fire burning? How could they preserve trust in true richesthe wealth of faith, works, and fellowship they had once known? How would they replenish and reinvest that rich heritage of faith, so that God's kingdom might come near and God's "will be done on earth as it is in heaven"? Oh, how I wish that Wesley had told us! For we are the church that Wesley feared! Many of us belong to the church of the ex-poor.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.... "What kind of poverty is [Jesus] talking about? If you have a lot of money, you'll probably say spiritual poverty. If you have little or no money, you'll probably say physical poverty. " 6 But why argue over something nobody really wants? Normal folks don't welcome either material or spiritual poverty. If liking either state came naturallyif we really felt blessedwe would want more. The so-called spiritually poor would want to be economically poor too.
How would they keep the fire burning? How could they preserve trust in true richesthe wealth of faith, works, and fellowship they had once known? How would they replenish and reinvest that rich heritage of faith, so that God's kingdom might come near and God's "will be done on earth as it is in heaven"? Oh, how I wish that Wesley had told us! For we are the church that Wesley feared! Many of us belong to the church of the ex-poor. "Wait a minute," you may say. " Well, I'm not either. But the pattern Wesley foresaw is common to many Christian traditions.