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John Wesley's Sermons

 

 

John Wesley (28 June [O.S. 17 June] 1703 2 March 1791) 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 writing and preachings provided the seeds for both the modern Methodist movement and the Holiness movement, which encompass numerous denominations across the world. In addition, he refined Arminianism with a strong evangelical emphasis on the Reformed doctrine of justification by faith.

Wesley helped to organize and form societies of Christians throughout England, Scotland, Wales 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 evangelize and care for people in the societies. Young men who acted as their assistants were called "exhorters" who functioned in a similar fashion to the twelve apostles after the ascension of Jesus.

Under Wesley's direction, Methodists became leaders in many social issues of the day, including the prison reform and abolitionism movements. Wesley's contribution as a theologian was to propose a system of opposing theological stances. His greatest theological achievement was his promotion of what he termed "Christian Perfection", or holiness of heart and life. Wesley held that, in this life, Christians could come to a state in which the love of God, or perfect love, reigned supreme in their hearts. His evangelical theology, especially his understanding of Christian perfection, was firmly grounded in his sacramental theology. He continually insisted on the general use of the means of grace (prayer, scripture, meditation, Holy Communion, etc.) as the means by which God sanctifies and transforms the believer.

John Wesley was among the first to preach for slaves rights, attracting significant opposition.

Throughout his life, Wesley remained within the Church of England and insisted that his movement was well within the bounds of the Anglican tradition. His maverick use of church policy put him at odds with many within the Church of England, though toward the end of his life he was widely respected and referred to as "the best loved man in England."

 

Title Index

[Text from the 1872 edition, Thomas Jackson, editor)

 


Almost Christian, The (Sermon 2) -- Acts 26:28
Awake, Thou That Sleepest (Sermon 3) -- Ephesians 5:14
Call to Backsliders, A (Sermon 86) -- Psalm 77:78
Case of Reason Impartially Considered, The (Sermon 70) -- 1 Corinthians 14:20
Catholic Spirit (Sermon 39) -- 2 Kings 10:15
Cause and Cure of Earthquakes, The (Sermon 129) -- Psalm 46:8
Causes of the Inefficiency of Christianity (Sermon 116) -- Jeremiah 8:22
Caution against Bigotry, A (Sermon 38) -- Mark 9:3839
Christian Perfection (Sermon 40) -- Philippians 3:12
Circumcision of the Heart, The (Sermon 17) -- Romans 2:29
Cure of Evil Speaking, The (Sermon 49) -- Matthew18:1517
Danger of Riches, The (Sermon 87) -- 1 Timothy 6:9
Duty of Constant Communion, The (Sermon 101) -- Luke 22:19
Duty of Reproving our Neighbor, The (Sermon 65) -- Leviticus 19:17
End of Christ's Coming, The (Sermon 62) -- 1 John 3:8
First Fruits of the Spirit, The (Sermon 8) -- Romans 8:1
Free Grace (Sermon 128) -- Romans 8:32
General Deliverance, The (Sermon 60) -- Romans 8:1922
General Spread of the Gospel, The (Sermon 63) -- Isaiah 11:9
God's Approbation of his Work (Sermon 56) -- Genesis 1:31
God's Love to Fallen Man (Sermon 59) -- Romans 5:15
Good Steward, The (Sermon 51) -- Luke 21:2
Great Assize, The (Sermon 15) -- Romans 14:10
Great Privilege of Those that are Born of God (Sermon 19) -- 1 John 3:9
Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels, The (Sermon 124) -- 2 Corinthians 9:7
Heaviness through Manifold Temptations (Sermon 47) -- 1 Peter 1:6
Human Life a Dream (Sermon 121) -- Psalm 73:20
Imperfection of Human Knowledge (Sermon 69) -- 1 Corinthians 13:9
Important Question, The (Sermon 84) -- Matthew 16:26
In What Sense We Are to Leave the World (Sermon 81) -- 2 Corinthians 6:1718
Israelite Indeed, An (Sermon 90) -- John 1:47
Justification by Faith (Sermon 5) -- Romans 4:5
Law Established through Faith, 1, The (Sermon 35) -- Romans 3:31
Law Established through Faith, 2, The (Sermon 36) -- Romans 3:31
Lord Our Righteousness, The (Sermon 20) -- Jeremiah 23:6
Marks of the New Birth, The (Sermon 18) -- John 3:8
Means of Grace, The (Sermon 16) -- Malachi 3:7
Ministerial Office, The (Sermon 115) -- Hebrews 5:4
More Excellent Way, The (Sermon 89) 1 Corinthians 12:31
Mystery of Iniquity, The (Sermon 61) -- 2 Thessalonians 2:7
National Sins and Miseries (Sermon 130) -- 2 Samuel 24:17
Nature of Enthusiasm, The (Sermon 37) -- Acts 26:24
New Birth, The (Sermon 45) -- John 3:7
New Creation, The (Sermon 64) -- Revelation 21:5
Of Evil Angels (Sermon 72) -- Ephesians 6:12
Of Former Times (Sermon 102) Ecclesiastes 7:10
Of Good Angels (Sermon 71) -- Hebrews 1:14
Of Hell (Sermon 73) -- Mark 9:48
Of the Church (Sermon 74) -- Ephesians 4:1-6
On Attending the Church Service (Sermon 104) -- 1 Samuel 2:17
On Charity (Sermon 91) -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
On Conscience (Sermon 105) -- 2 Corinthians 1:12
On Corrupting the Word of God (Sermon 136) -- 2 Corinthians 2:17
On Dissipation (Sermon 79) -- 1 Corinthians 7:35
On Divine Providence (Sermon 67) -- Luke 12:7
On Dress (Sermon 88) -- 1 Peter 3:3-4
On Eternity (Sermon 54) -- Psalm 90:2
On Faith (Sermon 106) -- Hebrews 11:6
On Faith (Sermon 122) -- Hebrews 11:1 [Wesley's Last Sermon]
On Family Religion (Sermon 94) -- Joshua 24:15
On Friendship with the World (Sermon 80) -- James 4:4
On God's Vineyard (Sermon 107) -- Isaiah 5:4
On Grieving the Holy Spirit (Sermon 138) -- Ephesians 4:30
On Knowing Christ after the Flesh (Sermon 117) -- 2 Corinthians 5:16
On Laying the Foundation of the New Chapel (Sermon 132) -- Numbers 23:23
On Living Without God (Sermon 125) -- Ephesians 2:12
On Love (Sermon 139) -- 1 Corinthians 13:3
On Mourning the Dead (Sermon 135) -- 2 Samuel 12:23
On Obedience to Parents (Sermon 96) -- Colossians 3:20
On Obedience to Pastors (Sermon 97) -- Hebrews 13:17
On Patience (Sermon 83) -- James 1:4
On Perfection (Sermon 76) -- Hebrews 6:1
On Pleasing all Men (Sermon 100) -- Romans 15:2
On Predestination (Sermon 58) -- Romans 8:2930
On Public Diversions (Sermon 140) -- Amos 3:6
On Redeeming the Time (Sermon 93) -- Ephesians 5:16
On Riches (Sermon 108) -- Matthew19:24
On Schism (Sermon 75) -- 1 Corinthians 12:5
On Sin in Believers (Sermon 13) -- 2 Corinthians 5:17
On Temptation (Sermon 82) -- 1 Corinthians 10:13
On Visiting the Sick (Sermon 98) -- Matthew 25:36
On Working Out Our Own Salvation (Sermon 85) -- Philippians 2:1213
On Worldly Folly (Sermon 119) -- Luke 22:20
On Zeal (Sermon 92) -- Galatians 4:18
On the Danger of Increasing Riches (Sermon 126) -- Psalm 62:10
On the Death of the Rev. Mr. Whitefield (Sermon 53) -- Numbers 20:10
On the Death of Rev. Mr. John Fletcher (Sermon 133) -- Psalm 37:37
On the Deceitfulness of the Human Heart (Sermon 123) -- Jeremiah17:9
On the Discoveries of Faith (Sermon 110) -- Hebrews 11:1
On the Education of Children (Sermon 95) -- Proverbs 22:6
On the Fall of Man (Sermon 57) -- Genesis 3:19
On the Holy Spirit (Sermon 141) -- 2 Corinthians 3:17
On the Omnipresence of God (Sermon 111) -- Jeremiah 23:24
On the Resurrection of the Dead (Sermon 137) -- 1 Corinthians 15:35
On A Single Eye (Sermon 118) -- Matthew 6:2223
On the Trinity (Sermon 55) -- 1 John 5:7
On the Wedding Garment (Sermon 120) -- Matthew 22:12
Original Sin (Sermon 44) -- Genesis 6:5
Original, Nature, Property, and Use of Law (Sermon 34) -- Romans 7:12
Reformation of Manners, The (Sermon 52) -- Psalm 94:16
Repentance of Believers, The (Sermon 14) -- Mark 1:15
Reward of Righteousness, The (Sermon 99) -- Matthew 25:34
Rich Man and Lazarus, The (Sermon 112) -- Luke 16:31
Righteousness of Faith, The (Sermon 6) -- Romans 10:58
Salvation by Faith (Sermon 1) -- Ephesians 2:8
Satan's Devices (Sermon 42) -- 2 Corinthians 2:11
Scriptural Christianity (Sermon 4) -- Acts 4:31
Scripture Way of Salvation, The (Sermon 43) -- Ephesians 2:8
Self-Denial (Sermon 48) -- Luke 9:23
Sermon on the Mount, 1 (Sermon 21) -- Matthew 5:14
Sermon on the Mount, 2 (Sermon 22) -- Matthew 5:57
Sermon on the Mount, 3 (Sermon 23) -- Matthew 5:812
Sermon on the Mount, 4 (Sermon 24) -- Matthew 5:1316
Sermon on the Mount, 5 (Sermon 25) -- Matthew 5:1720
Sermon on the Mount, 6 (Sermon 26) -- Matthew 6:115
Sermon on the Mount, 7 (Sermon 27) -- Matthew 6:1618
Sermon on the Mount, 8 (Sermon 28) -- Matthew 6:1923
Sermon on the Mount, 9 (Sermon 29) -- Matthew 6:2434
Sermon on the Mount, 10 (Sermon 30) -- Matthew 7:112
Sermon on the Mount, 11 (Sermon 31) -- Matthew 7:1314
Sermon on the Mount, 12 (Sermon 32) -- Matthew 7:1520
Sermon on the Mount, 13 (Sermon 33) -- Matthew 7:2127
Signs of the Times, The (Sermon 66) -- Matthew 16:3
Some Account of the Late Work of God . . . (Sermon 131) -- Ezekiel 1:16
Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption, The (Sermon 9) -- Romans 8:15
Spiritual Idolatry (Sermon 78) -- 1 John 5:21
Spiritual Worship (Sermon 77) -- 1 John 5:20
Trouble and Rest of Good Men, The (Sermon 127) -- Job 3:17
True Christianity Defended (Sermon 134) -- Isaiah 1:21
Unity of the Divine Being, The (Sermon 114) -- Mark 12:32
Use of Money, The (Sermon 50) -- Luke 16:9
Walking by Sight, and Walking by Faith (Sermon 113) -- 2 Corinthians 5:7
Wandering Thoughts (Sermon 41) -- 2 Corinthians 10:5
Way to the Kingdom, The (Sermon 7) -- Mark 1:15
What is Man? (Sermon 103) -- Psalm 8:34
What is Man? (Sermon 109) -- Psalm 8:4
Wilderness State, The (Sermon 46) -- John 16:22
Wisdom of God's Counsels, The (Sermon 68) -- Romans 11:33
Witness of Our Own Spirit, The (Sermon 12) -- 2 Corinthians 1:12
Witness of the Spirit, 1, The (Sermon 10) -- Romans 8:16
Witness of the Spirit, 2, The (Sermon 11) -- 2 Corinthians 1:12