John Wesley (1703-1791) was an Anglican cleric and Christian theologian who was the founder of the Methodist movement. Wesley was a brilliant organiser and formed societies divided into classes and bands for intensive accountability and religious instruction. Methodists, under Wesley’s direction, became leaders in many social justice issues of the day including prison reform and abolitionist movements. Toward the end of his life he was widely respected.
“Confess your faults one to another and pray one for another…”
“Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
Spanning some fifty-five years, John Wesley’s voluminous Journal records the daily tribulations experienced in travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles in the 18th century. These selections present an engrossing portrait of Wesley during the course of his travels and evangelical activities, illuminating the preacher’s views and opinions on a host of contemporary matters. Begun as a public vindication of his early spiritual and pastoral work in Oxford and America, Wesley’s journal became a means of keeping far-flung outposts of Methodism in touch with one another, a device for administering encouragement and rebukes, and a textbook of the experiential religion Wesley spent his life proclaiming. Wesley’s eclectic interests and passion for rational analysis also make the Journal a rich source for any reader interested in observing the conditions and values of Augustan society–particularly those of the lower classes–through the eyes of a well-educated and intelligent gentleman of the time.
As believed and taught by the Reverend Mr. John Wesley, from the year 1725, to the year 1777.
A sermon. “I say unto you, Make unto yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into the everlasting habitations.”