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".

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John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 29

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.
 
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John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 3

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
 
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John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 30

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.
 

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John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 4

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: 
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John Wesley's A Christian Library Volume 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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 9

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
 
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John Wesley's Sermons

John Wesley
Thanks to: Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Sermons on Several Occasions is a collection of 141 sermons compiled into five series. In his first series, John Wesley presents what the Bible says concerning the way to heaven. In his second series, Wesley sheds light on several important Christian doctrines and practices. The first two series were edited and organized for publication by John Wesley himself. And while one can assume that Wesley is responsible for all of the sermons in this book, it is important to note the circumstances under which the final three series were published.

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Justification By Faith (Sermon 5)

John Wesley
John Wesley in clerical garb with his hands resting on books.

"To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Romans 4:5.

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National Sins and Miseries (Sermon 130)

John Wesley

Preached at St. Matthew's, Bethnal-Green on Sunday, November 12, 1775 for the benefit of the widows and orphans of the soldiers who lately fell, near Boston, in New-England.

"Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: But these sheep, what have they done" 2 Sam. 24:17.

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Of Evil Angels (Sermon 72)

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"We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against wicked spirits in heavenly places." Eph. 6:12.

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Of Former Times (Sermon 102)

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"Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this." Eccles. 7:10.

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Of Good Angels (Sermon 71)

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"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation" Heb. 1:14.

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Of Hell (Sermon 73)

John Wesley

"Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." Mark 9:48.

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Of The Church (Sermon 74)

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"I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Ephesians 4:1-6.

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On a Single Eye (Sermon 118)

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"If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Therefore, if the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" Matt. 6:22, 23.

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On A Single Eye (Sermon 118)

John Wesley

"If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Therefore, if the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" Matt. 6:22, 23.

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On Attending the Church Service (Sermon 104)

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"The sin of the young men was very great." 1 Sam. 2:17.

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