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John Wesley: What is a Methodist?

John Wesley

Things have been quiet on the blog since our move to New York. After our third weekend, we are in a slightly better rhythm, but adjustment takes time. It’s going to be a while before we are fully settled in.

Hopefully later this month I’ll start posting more regularly. Today, however, I wanted to share a paragraph from a new book just published by Crossway which I will review later this week. The book is called Wesley on the Christian Life: THe Heart Renewed in Love by Fred Sanders. Three chapters in, the book is fantastic–I have already been challenged and inspired by Wesley (though I am not a Wesleyan or Methodist).

So here’s the quote. In it, Wesley himself describes the character of a Methodist.

A Methodist is one who has “the love of God shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost given unto him”; one who “loves the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind, and with all his strength.” God is the joy of his heart, and the desire of his soul; which is constantly crying out, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee! My God and my all! Thou art the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever!” (86)

If that’s Methodism, count me in! In fact, it sounds a lot like Christian Hedonism, if you ask me. Let’s pray for this to characterize Methodist and Wesleyan churches today. And for those of us who have perhaps been turned off by Wesley in the past (I’ll be the first to raise my hand), let’s repent and ask God to teach us something through him.


2 replies on “John Wesley: What is a Methodist?”

As one belong of wesleyan/methodist,i believe Jesus who is he in my heart my mind,and my soul,and i know everything,that with Jesus is great possible.


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