Profiles In Faith: John Wesley

Profile in Faith

John Wesley

June 21, 2020

Romans 5:1-2 The Voice   1 Since we have been acquitted and made right through faith, we are able to experience true and lasting peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King. 2 Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory.

Have you personally ever experienced a life failure that led to a radical change in your life?  Please welcome a brief biographical introduction to John Wesley.  Some are saying, “Isn’t he the founder of the Methodist Church?”  Yes, some are recalling that the term, Methodist, is related to established daily Scriptural principles.  Isn’t he the one rescued from a fire? Yes, he claimed to be “a brand plucked from the fire at the Epworth Manor.”  Lastly, didn’t Wesley led a revival in England?  Yes, this revival lasted over fifty years and said to prevented England from a revolution bloodier than France.”

Did you know that Wesley served as a missionary to the New World in Savannah, Georgia?  Did you know that his mission work was a failure?  On the passage from England to Savannah, Wesley met the Moravians coming to establish a mission in the New World?  One question asked of Wesley during this voyage was, “Do you know Jesus as Your Savior and Lord?”  Wesley responded that he knew Jesus.  Stop for a moment and notice an emptiness in his answer, he made no mention of Lord or Savior.  As the ship crossed that Atlantic Ocean, many times storms were encountered, and many times Wesley observed the calm spirit of the Moravians.  This divine encounter established a stage for Wesley to face Jesus and the conviction of the Holy Spirit in a manner that he never learned or experienced from his daily disciplines, readings, and Bible Study.  These events created within Wesley a conviction between “righteousness of the law” and “righteousness of faith.”

On the morning of May 24, 1738, he opened his Bible to read the words from 2 Peter 1:4: “There are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, even that ye should be partakers of the divine nature.’  That evening Wesley did not wish to attend a service at Aldersgate, but God had a greater conviction.  There he heard a reading from the Reformer Martin Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to Romans. At about 8.45 pm, as he heard Luther’s words, something deep and dramatic took place.  In Wesley’s words: “While he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”

Enjoy this brief introduction to John Wesley.  Pastor Stan