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John Wesley

John Wesley (1703 - 1791)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker John Wesley in text and pdf format. Was an Anglican cleric and Christian theologian. Wesley is largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as founding the Methodist movement which began when he took to open-air preaching in a similar manner to George Whitefield. In contrast to Whitefield's Calvinism, Wesley embraced the Arminian doctrines that were dominant in the 18th-century Church of England. Methodism in both forms became a highly successful evangelical movement in Britain, which encouraged people to experience Jesus Christ personally.

Wesley helped to organise and form societies of Christians throughout Great Britain, North America and Ireland as small groups that developed intensive, personal accountability, discipleship and religious instruction among members. His great contribution was to appoint itinerant, unordained preachers who travelled widely to evangelise and care for people in the societies. Under Wesley's direction, Methodists became leaders in many social issues of the day, including the prison reform and abolitionism movements.

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The End of Christ's Coming
      "For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." 1 John 3:8. 1. Many eminent writers, heathen as well as Christian, both in earlier and later ages, have employed their utmost labour and art in painting th ... read more

The Fall of Mr Hall
      Being not convinced that I had yet delivered my own soul with regard to that unhappy man, on Tuesday 22 Dec, I wrote once more to Mr. Hall as follows: London, Dec. 22, 1747 Dear Brother, 1. When you was at Oxford with me, fourteen or fifteen years ago, ... read more

The First Fruits of the Spirit
      "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Rom. 8:1 1. By "them which are in Christ Jesus," St. Paul evidently means, those who truly believe in him; those who, "b ... read more

The General Deliverence
      "The earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him that subjected it: Yet in hope that the creature itself also shall be delivered fr ... read more

The General Spread of the Gospel
      "The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters covers the sea." Isa. 11:9. 1. In what a condition is the world at present! How does darkness, intellectual darkness, ignorance, with vice and misery attendant upon it, cover the fac ... read more

The Good Steward
      "Give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward." Luke 16:2. 1. The relation which man bears to God, the creature to his Creator, is exhibited to us in the oracles of God under various representations. Considered as a sinner, ... read more

The Great Assize
      Preached at the Assizes held before the Honorable Sir Edward Clive, Knight, one of the Judges of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas, in St. Paul's Church, Bedford, on Friday, March 10, 1758; published at the request of William Cole, Esq., High Sheriff ... read more

The Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels
      "We have this treasure in earthen vessels." 2 Cor. 4:7. 1. How long was man a mere riddle to himself! For how man~y ages were the wisest of men utterly unable to reveal the myster~y, to reconcile the strange inconsistencies, in him, -- the wonderful m ... read more

The Important Question
      "What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Matthew 16:26 1. There is a celebrated remark to this effect, (I think in the works of Mr. Pascal,) that if a man of low estate would speak of high things, as of what r ... read more

The Lord Our Righteousness
      "This is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our righteousness." Jer. 23:6. 1. How dreadful and how innumerable are the contests which have arisen about religion! And not only among the children of this world, among those who knew not what t ... read more

The Marks of the New Birth
      "So is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 3:8. 1. How is every one that is "born of the Spirit," -- that is, born again, -- born of God? What is meant by the being born again, the being born of God, or being born of the Spirit? What is impl ... read more

The Means of Grace
      "Ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them." Mal. 3:7. I. 1. But are there any ordinances now, since life and immortality were brought to light by the gospel? Are there, under the Christian dispensation, any means ordained of God, ... read more

The Ministerial Office
      [a.k.a. ^PROPHETS AND PRIESTS^ (Sermon 121 in the Bicentennial Edition)] [Respecting this Sermon the following information is given by Mr. Moore, in his "Life of Mr. Wesley," vol. ii., p. 339: -- "I was with Mr. Wesley in London when he published that ... read more

The More Excellent Way
      "Covet earnestly the best gifts; And yet I show to you a more excellent way." 1 Cor. 12:31. 1. In the preceding verses, St. Paul has been speaking of the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost; such as healing the sick, prophesying (in the proper sense ... read more

The Mystery of Iniquity
      "The mystery of iniquity doth already work." 2 Thess. 2:7. 1. Without inquiring how far these words refer to any particular event in the Christian Church, I would at present take occasion from them to consider that important question, -- In what manne ... read more

The Nature of Enthusiasm
      "And Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself." Acts 26:24. 1. And so say all the world, the men who know not God, of all that are of Paul's religion: of every one who is so a follower of him as he was of Christ. It is true, there ... read more

The New Birth
      "Ye must be born again." John 3:7. 1. If any doctrines within the whole compass of Christianity may be properly termed fundamental, they are doubtless these two, -- the doctrine of justification, and that of the new birth: The former relating to that ... read more

The New Creation
      Behold, I make all things new. Rev. 21:5. 1. What a strange scene is here opened to our view! How remote from all our natural apprehensions! Not a glimpse of what is here revealed was ever seen in the heathen world. Not only the modern, barbarous, unciv ... read more

The Quality of Mercy is not Strain'd
      Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 What is the quality of your mercy towards others? Reflect on the truth contained in the following quote from the ‘Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare: “The quality of mercy i ... read more

The Reformation of Manners
      Preached before the Society for Reformation of Manners On Sunday, January 30, 1763 At the Chapel in West-Street, Seven-Dials "Who will rise up with me against the wicked?" Ps. 94:16. 1. In all ages, men who neither feared God nor regarded man have ... read more

The Repentance of Believers
      "Repent ye, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:15. 1. It is generally supposed, that repentance and faith are only the gate of religion; that they are necessary only at the beginning of our Christian course, when we are setting out in the way to the king ... read more

The Reward of Righteousness
      Preached before the Humane Society "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Matt. 25:34. 1. Reason alone will convince every fair inquirer, that God "is a rewarder of them that diligentl ... read more

The Rich Man and Lazarus
      "If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke 16:31. 1. How strange a paradox is this! How contrary to the common apprehension of men! Who is so confirmed in unbelief as not to think, " ... read more

The Righteousness of Faith
      "Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Chr ... read more

The Scripture Way of Salvation
      “Ye are saved through faith.” Ephesians 2:8. 1. Nothing can be more intricate, complex, and hard to be understood, than religion, as it has been often described. And this is not only true concerning the religion of the Heathens, even many of the wises ... read more

The Scripture Way of Salvation
      "Ye are saved through faith." -- Ephesians 2:8. 1. Nothing can be more intricate, complex, and hard to be understood, than religion, as it has been often described. And this is not only true concerning the religion of the Heathens, even many of the wi ... read more

The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption
      "Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father." Romans 8:15. 1. ST. PAUL here speaks to those who are the children of God by faith. "Ye," saith he, who are indee ... read more

The Trouble and Rest of Good Men
      Preached at St. Mary's in Oxford, on Sunday, Sept. 21, 1735. Published at the request of several of the hearers. [This appears to have been the first Sermon that Mr. Wesley ever committed to the press. It was preached about a month before he sailed for ... read more

The Unity of the Divine Being
      "There is one God." Mark 12:32. 1. And as there is one God, so there is one religion and one happiness for all men. God never intended there should be any more; and it is not possible there should. Indeed, in another sense, as the Apostle observes, " ... read more

The Use of Money
      "I say unto you, Make unto yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into the everlasting habitations." Luke 16:9. 1. Our Lord, having finished the beautiful parable of the Prodigal Son, which he had ... read more

The Way Back to God
      The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17 The way back to God has always been and still is, through sacrifice. What can we bring as a sacrifice to our God who in Christ sacrificed ... read more

The Way of the Kingdom
      The kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:15 These words naturally lead us to consider, First, the nature of true religion, here termed by our Lord, "the kingdom of God," which, saith he, "is at hand;" and, Secondly, ... read more

The Wilderness State
      "Ye now have sorrow: But I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." John 16:22. 1. After God had wrought a great deliverance for Israel, by bringing them out of the house of bondage, they did not immediat ... read more

The Wisdom of God's Counsels
      "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!" Rom. 11:33. 1. Some apprehend the wisdom and the knowledge of God to mean one and the same thing. Others believe that the wisdom of God more directly refers to his appointing the end ... read more

The Witness of our own Spirit
      "This is our rejoicing, the testimony of out conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world." (2 Cor. 1:12.) 1. Such is the voice of every true believer i ... read more

The Witness of the Spirit - Part 1
      "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." Rom. 8:16 1. How many vain men, not understanding what they spake, neither whereof they affirmed, have wrested this Scripture to the great loss if not the destructio ... read more

The Witness of the Spirit - Part 2
      "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." Rom. 8:l6 I. 1. None who believe the Scriptures to be the word of God, can doubt the importance of such a truth as this; -- a truth revealed therein, not once only, ... read more

There is a House that Cannot Fall
      “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:25 These words are spoken by Jesus at the very end of the Sermon on the Mount and are par ... read more

Throw Mr Wesley's Hymns Overboard
      Mon 28 1789: I retired to Peckham; and at leisure hours read part of a very pretty trifle, the Life of Mrs. Bellamy. Surely never did any, since John Dryden, study more to make vice pleasing, and damnation shine, than this lively and elegant writer. She h ... read more

True Christianity Defended
      [The following Sermon was found in a mutilated manuscript among ~Mr. Wesley's papers. It is dated June 24, 1741. A Latin copy of the same Discourse has also been discovered. ~Mr. Pawson, with great care, copied the former, and I have supplied the deficie ... read more

Walking by Sight, and Walking by Faith
      "We walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Cor. 5:7. 1. How short is this description of real Christians! And yet how exceeding full! It comprehends, it sums up, the whole experience of those that are truly such, from the time they are born of God till they ... read more

Wandering Thoughts
      “Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Cor. 5:5. 1. But will God so “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” that no wandering thought will find a place in the mind, even while we remain in the bo ... read more

Wandering Thoughts
      "Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." 2 Cor. 5:5. 1. But will God so "bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ," that no wandering thought will find a place in the mind, even while we remain in the ... read more

What is Man?
      "When I consider thy heaven, the work of thy fingers, the moon and stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man?" Psalm 8:3, 4. How often has it been observed, that the Book of Psalms is a rich treasury of devotion, which the wisdom of God has provide ... read more

What is Man?
      "What is man?" Psa. 8:4. 1. Nay, what am I? With God's assistance, I would consider myself. Here is a curious machine, "fearfully and wonderfully made." It is a little portion of earth, the particles of which cohering, I know not how, lengthen into ... read more

Where are Your Roots?
      Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. 2 Kings 19:30 These are wonderfully gracious words spoken by the Lord through the prophet Isaiah to the king of Judah during one of that wayward nation’s returns to t ... read more

You Are the Servant of the Lord
      “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and the light for the Gentiles, to open eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison and to release fr ... read more

You Have a Helper
      I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? Psalm 121:1 This is one of the Psalms that was used by pilgrims as they travelled to Jerusalem for the religious festivals. The journey was long and dangerous with thieves and hijackers a c ... read more

You Have Great Power At Hand
      “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” Matthew 26:53 It is the night on which Jesus is being betrayed, and He has been praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas arrives wi ... read more

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