John Wesley

(28 June 1703 - 2 March 1791 / Epworth, England)

John Wesley
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John Wesley was a Church of England 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 George Whitefield's Calvinism, Wesley embraced the Arminian doctrines that were dominant in the 18th-century Church of England. Methodism in both forms was a highly successful evangelical movement in the United Kingdom, which encouraged people to experience Jesus Christ personally.

Wesley's teachings, known as Wesleyanism, provided the seeds for both the modern Methodist movement, the Holiness movement, ... more »

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  • ''Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.''
    John Wesley (1703-1791), British preacher, founder of Methodism. journal entry, Sept. 1, 1778. Reporting the words of "a good man."
  • ''My ground is the Bible. Yea, I am a Bible-bigot. I follow it in all things, both great and small.''
    John Wesley (1703-1791), British preacher, founder of Methodism. The Journal of John Wesley, entry, June 5, 1766, ed. Nora Ratcliff (1940).
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  • Peter Parker (2/1/2011 10:27:00 AM)

    Peter Parker. Most of the hymns listed were written by Charles, not John. The hymn 'Behold the Saviour of Mankind' was written by their father Samuel Sr.

  • Allen Evans (9/29/2007 2:43:00 PM)

    He did not write 'O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing'
    His brother Charles Wesly wrote it.

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