Wesley's Notes on the Bible

Wesley's Notes on the Bible

by John Wesley
     
 
Speaking about evangelical Christianity in the 18th century without discussing John Wesley would be like trying to drive a car without wheels. Wesley was a pietist, preacher, and pioneer of Methodism who is known not only for his organizational skills, but his ability to convict Christians of their need to live a sanctified Christian life. His Notes on the Bible is

Overview

Speaking about evangelical Christianity in the 18th century without discussing John Wesley would be like trying to drive a car without wheels. Wesley was a pietist, preacher, and pioneer of Methodism who is known not only for his organizational skills, but his ability to convict Christians of their need to live a sanctified Christian life. His Notes on the Bible is required reading for Methodist clergy, and a must have on the bookshelf of any Methodist or person who desires to walk the walk of Christian life.

Andrew Hanson
CCEL Intern

This edition features an artistic cover, a new promotional introduction, an index of scripture references, links for scripture references to the appropriate passages, and a hierarchical table of contents which makes it possible to navigate to any part of the book with a minimum of page turns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013012219
Publisher:
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Publication date:
09/08/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
10 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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