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Select a hymn and analyze it theologically, paying particular attention to the doctrines (beliefs and teachings) espoused by these hymns.
For example, hymns on the birth of Christ may focus on the doctrine of the incarnation, the deity of Christ, his saving purpose, the love of God, etc.
Use Jones to help you in your doctrinal analysis. Be smart: pick a hymn that focuses on a doctrine that Jones also teaches, i.e. creation, sin, salvation, Christology, Trinity, etc.
In your analysis, consider the following ideas:
What is Wesley saying/teaching in these hymns?
What doctrines is he teaching?
What does he believe or teach about these doctrines?
How do these hymns use or rely on scripture and Christian teaching?
How do these hymns shape the beliefs and ideas of the church?
What doctrine(s) is Wesley denying or rejecting in these hymns
What is the hymn trying to do: teach, inspire, refute, praise, meditate, etc.?
Here is a possible organization for your paper:
First, introduce and describe/summarize the hymns, 1 page.
Second, carefully analyze the hymns using Jones, 2-3 pages.
Third, offer your own analysis, reflections, conclusion on the hymns, 1 page.
Get approval for your selected hymn by the end of Week 2.
Papers due by the start of the last day of class.
Note: papers should have the following format: (1) 12 point standard font; (2) name, date, course, and title (or title page); (3) paper is double-spaced; (4) one inch
Textbook: Jones, Beth Felker. Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8010-4933-0
Hymn by Charles Wesley: analyze it with respect to Christian doctrine.
1. Come, sinners, to the gospel feast;
let every soul be Jesus’ guest.
Ye need not one be left behind,
for God hath bid all humankind.
2. Sent by my Lord, on you I call;
the invitation is to all.
Come, all the world! Come, sinner, thou!
All things in Christ are ready now.
3. Come, all ye souls by sin oppressed,
ye restless wanderers after rest;
ye poor, and maimed, and halt, and blind,
in Christ a hearty welcome find.
4. My message as from God receive;
ye all may come to Christ and live.
O let his love your hearts constrain,
nor suffer him to die in vain.
5. This is the time, no more delay!
This is the Lord’s accepted day.
Come thou, this moment, at his call,
and live for him who died for all.