John Wesley Biography

John Wesley Biography

John Wesley (1703-1791) - Renowned Theologian and Cleric of England Church. Famous Christian Theologian and cleric of Church of England, John Wesley is remembered for his contribution in Methodist Movement.

Born: June 28, 1703, Epworth, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Died: March 2, 1791, London, United Kingdom
Full name: John Wesley
Spouse: Mary Wesley
Siblings: Charles Wesley, Samuel Wesley
Parents: Susanna Wesley, Samuel Wesley

Birth Details

Born on 28th June 1703, John was the son of Samuel Wesley and Susanna Annesley Wesley. His father was Anglican rector of Epworth, Lincolnshire. This place is about 23 miles from Lincoln, England.

Personal Biography

In his emotional as well as educational development, his mother played a very important role. Besides his mother, John continued his studies at Charterhouse School. Later he went to Christ Church, Oxford for hid further studies. He married a widow Mary Vazeille quite late in life. 

Achievements

He got elected fellow of Lincoln College in the year 1726 and was ordained in 1728.

John’s brother Charles founded a holy club where young people who were interested in spiritual growth joined and discussed on several related issues. John Wesley also joined the group and soon became an important part of the group. They were called as Methodists.

Both brothers went to the new colony of Georgia where the high-church views put forward by John aroused lot of hostility.  He came back to England after facing this disappointment.

In 1738, John Wesley experienced something that gave his heart a new hope while attending a small religious meeting in Alders gate Street. After this divine experience he solely devoted his life to evangelism as this experience centered on the realization and renewed faith of Christ. Throughout the country, John Wesley established Methodist societies where he traveled and preached continuously. Although he faced lot of opposition and persecution, he relentlessly continued.   

He appointed un-ordained and itinerant preachers who like him traveled far and wide to evangelize and preach people and at the same time taking care of people of their societies. Apart from spreading salvation, this way he brought more and more people closer to the church.

These societies were formed all over England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He was a brilliant organizer and he used his skill to bring like minded people in contact with each other.  

John Wesley’s aim was to motivate every Christian to perfect love of God and thy neighbor’s. He strived to instill love in the hearts of scores of people. He preached in the fields, chapels, cottages, churches, halls, etc to bring awakening among people. Slowly and gradually doors opened for him.

In 1739, the clergymen and magistrates persecuted Wesley and Methodists on the basis that they were not ordained or licensed by the Anglican Church. They were attacked while giving sermons and some wrote negatively in print but they still continued with their work fervently.

Wesley use to think logically and express specifically, clearly and powerfully in writing. Sermons written by him are depicted by spiritual solemnity and simplicity. They are doctrinal but not dogmatic. Wesley was a confident, powerful and efficient preacher.

On March 2, 1791, John Wesley died leaving behind 135,000 members and 541 itinerant preachers under the name of “Methodists”.

Quotes

“As to matters of dress, I would recommend one never to be first in the fashion nor the last out of it”
- John Wesley

“Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge”
- John Wesley

“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”
- John Wesley

“Every one, though born of God in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees”
- John Wesley

“Giving up witchcraft is, in effect, giving up the Bible”
- John Wesley

“God buries his workmen, but carries on his work”
- John Wesley

“I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.”
- John Wesley

“I'd had the quintessential liberal arts experience, and I came out of college not having a clue of what to do,”
- John Wesley

“Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can”
- John Wesley

“My ground is the Bible. Yea, I am a Bible-bigot. I follow it in all things, both great and small.”
- John Wesley

“My talent is to speak my mind. God won't object if you bury that talent.”
- John Wesley

“No circumstances can make it necessary for a man to burst in sunder all the ties of humanity.”
- John Wesley

“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

“Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason”
- John Wesley

“Sometimes it feels like it's Vaudeville up there on the bench, ... The robe is a costume. I'm on an elevated seat. It could be looked at as staging.”
- John Wesley

“The best of it is, God is with us.”
- John Wesley

“The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.”
- John Wesley

“The Church recruited people who had been starched and ironed before they were washed.”
- John Wesley

“The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities”
- John Wesley

“Think and let think.”
- John Wesley

“Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry”
- John Wesley

“We've very sensitive to neighborhood concerns.”
- John Wesley

“When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.”
- John Wesley

“When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn.”
- John Wesley

“You may be as orthodox as the devil and as wicked”
- John Wesley


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