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Rev. John Wesley - Preacher
Rev. John Wesley - Preacher

John Wesley  -  (1703-1791), preacher, theologian and founder of the Methodist Church

The Wesley family was made famous by the two brothers, John and Charles, who worked together in the rise of Methodism in the British Isles during the 18th century. They were among the ten children surviving infancy born to Samuel Wesley (1662 - 1735), Anglican rector of Epworth, Lincolnshire, and Susanna Annesley Wesley, daughter of Samuel Annesley, a dissenting minister.

John Wesley was born June 28, 1703, died Mar. 2, 1791, and was the principal founder of the Methodist movement. His mother was important in his emotional and educational development. John's education continued at Charterhouse School and at Oxford, where he studied at Christ Church and was elected (1726) fellow of Lincoln College. He was ordained in 1728.

After a brief absence (1727 - 29) to help his father at Epworth, John returned to Oxford to discover that his brother Charles had founded a Holy Club composed of young men interested in spiritual growth. John quickly became a leading participant of this group, which was dubbed the Methodists. His Oxford days introduced him not only to the rich tradition of classical literature and philosophy but also to spiritual classics like Thomas a Kempis's Imitation of Christ, Jeremy Taylor's Holy Living and Dying, and William Law's Serious Call.

In 1735 both Wesleys accompanied James Oglethorpe to the new colony of Georgia, where John's attempts to apply his then high-church views aroused hostility. Discouraged, he returned (1737) to England; he was rescued from this discouragement by the influence of the Moravian preacher Peter Boehler. At a small religious meeting in Aldersgate Street, London, on May 24, 1738, John Wesley had an experience in which his "heart was strangely warmed." After this spiritual conversion, which centered on the realization of salvation by faith in Christ alone, he devoted his life to evangelism. Beginning in 1739 he established Methodist societies throughout the country. He traveled and preached constantly, especially in the London-Bristol-Newcastle triangle, with frequent forays into Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. He encountered much opposition and persecution, which later subsided.

Late in life Wesley married Mary Vazeille, a widow. He continued throughout his life a regimen of personal discipline and ordered living. He died at 88, still preaching, still traveling, and still a clergyman of the Church of England. In 1784, however, he had given the Methodist societies a legal constitution, and in the same year he ordained Thomas Coke for ministry in the United States; this action signaled an independent course for Methodism.

Studies/Messages
Teacher Title Date
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Rev. John Wesley The Question, "What Is an Arminian?" Answered by a Lover of Free Grace 9/29/2010
Rev. John Wesley Self-Denial Sermon 48 8/18/2010
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Rev. John Wesley A Plain Account of Christian Perfection Part 5 8/12/2010
Rev. John Wesley A Plain Account of Christian Perfection Part 4 8/12/2010
Rev. John Wesley A Plain Account of Christian Perfection Part 3 8/12/2010
Rev. John Wesley A Plain Account of Christian Perfection Part 2 8/12/2010
Rev. John Wesley A Plain Account of Christian Perfection Part 1 8/12/2010
Rev. John Wesley The Means of Grace Sermon 16 8/12/2010
Rev. John Wesley The Duty of Constant Communion Sermon 101 8/12/2010
Rev. John Wesley Upon Our Lord's Sermon on the Mount, 7, Sermon 27 8/12/2010
Rev. John Wesley Scriptural Christianity Sermon 4 8/12/2010
Rev. John Wesley On Working Out Our Own Salvation, Sermon 85 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley Salvation by Faith, Sermon 1 6/25/2010
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Rev. John Wesley The Repentance of Believers, Sermon 14 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley Satan's Devices, Sermon 42 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley The Way to the Kingdom, Sermon 7 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley The Signs of the Times, Sermon 66 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley Wandering Thoughts, Sermon 41 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley The Difference between Walking by Sight, and Walking by Faith, Sermon 113 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley On Grieving the Holy Spirit, Sermon 138 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley Of the Church, Sermon 74 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley Of Hell, Sermon 73 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley The Marks of the New Birth, Sermon 18 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley The New Birth, Sermon 45 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley The Imperfection of Human Knowledge, Sermon 69 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley In What Sense We Are to Leave the World, Sermon 81 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley The First Fruits of the Spirit, Sermon 8 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley On Temptation, Sermon 82 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley Justification by Faith, Sermon 5 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley Christian Perfection, Sermon 40 6/25/2010
Rev. John Wesley The Almost Christian, Sermon 2 6/25/2010
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