John Wesley

John Wesley

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John Wesley (/ˈwɛsli, ˈwɛzli/;[1] 28 June [O.S. 17 June] 1703 – 2 March 1791) was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness movement and Pentecostalism.

Educated at Charterhouse School and Oxford University, Wesley was elected a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford in 1726 and ordained a priest two years later. Returning to Oxford in 1729 after serving as curate at his father's parish, he led the Holy Club, a club for the purpose of study and the pursuit of a devout Christian life; it had been founded by his brother Charles, and counted John Whitefield among its members. After an unsuccessful ministry of two years at Savannah in the Georgia Colony, Wesley returned to London and joined a religious society led by Moravian Christians. On 24 May 1738 he experienced what has come to be called his evangelical conversion, when he felt his "heart strangely warmed". He subsequently departed with the Moravians, beginning his own ministry.

A key step in the development of Wesley's ministry was, like Whitefield, to travel and preach outdoors. In contrast to Whitefield's Calvinism, however, Wesley embraced the Arminian doctrines that dominated the Church of England at the time. Moving across Great Britain, North America and Ireland, he helped to form and organise small Christian groups that developed intensive and personal accountability, discipleship and religious instruction. Most importantly, he appointed itinerant, unordained evangelists to travel and preach as he did and to care for these groups of people. Under Wesley's direction, Methodists became leaders in many social issues of the day, including prison reform and abolitionism.

Although he was not a systematic theologian, Wesley argued for the notion of Christian perfection and against Calvinism – and, in particular, against its doctrine of predestination. He held that, in this life, Christians could achieve a state where the love of God "reigned supreme in their hearts", giving them outward holiness. His evangelicalism, firmly grounded in sacramental theology, maintained that means of grace were the manner by which God sanctifies and transforms the believer, encouraging people to experience Jesus Christ personally.

Throughout his life, Wesley remained within the established Anglican church, insisting that the Methodist movement lay well within its tradition. Although sometimes maverick in his interpretation and use of church policy, he became widely respected and, by the end of his life, had been described as "the best loved man in England".

Works by this author

Language: English

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 10

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 11

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 12

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 13

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 14

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 15

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 16

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 17

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 18

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 19

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 2

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 20

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 21

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 22

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 23

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 24

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 25

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 26

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 27

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 28

John Wesley
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A
Christian Library
These "Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,"
as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition
of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
English
Type: 
Book

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