The Way of the Kingdom-John Wesley

  The Way of the Kingdom    The kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15       These words naturally lead us to consider, First, the nature of true religion, here termed by our Lord, “the kingdom of God,” which, saith he, “is at hand;” and, Secondly, the way thereto, which […]

The Use of Money-John Wesley

  The Use of Money  “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.” Luke 16:9.       1. Our Lord, having finished the beautiful parable of the Prodigal Son, which he had particularly addressed to those who murmured at his […]

The Unity of the Divine Being-John Wesley

  The Unity of the Divine Being    “There is one God.” Mark 12:32.       1. And as there is one God, so there is one religion and one happiness for all men. God never intended there should be any more; and it is not possible there should. Indeed, in another sense, as the Apostle observes, “there […]

The Trouble and Rest of Good Men-John Wesley

  The Trouble and Rest of Good Men   Preached at St. Mary’s in Oxford, on Sunday, Sept. 21, 1735.      Published at the request of several of the hearers.      [This appears to have been the first Sermon that Mr. Wesley ever committed to the press. It was preached about a month before he sailed for Georgia; and published […]

The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption-John Wesley

  The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption    “Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15.       1. ST. PAUL here speaks to those who are the children of God by faith. “Ye,” saith he, who are indeed […]

The Scripture Way of Salvation-John Wesley

  The Scripture Way of Salvation   ‘Ye are saved through faith.’       Ephesians 2:8.      1. Nothing can be more intricate, complex, and hard to be understood, than religion, as it has been often described. And this is not only true concerning the religion of the Heathens, even many of the wisest of them, but concerning the religion […]

The Righteousness of Faith-John Wesley

  The Righteousness of Faith   “Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, […]

The Rich Man and Lazarus-John Wesley

  The Rich Man and Lazarus   “If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke 16:31.       1. How strange a paradox is this! How contrary to the common apprehension of men! Who is so confirmed in unbelief as not to think, “If one came […]

The Reward of Righteousness-John Wesley

  The Reward of Righteousness  Preached before the Humane Society      “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Matt. 25:34.       1. Reason alone will convince every fair inquirer, that God “is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” This alone teaches him to say, “Doubtless […]

The Repentance of Believers-John Wesley

  The Repentance of Believers      “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15.       1. It is generally supposed, that repentance and faith are only the gate of religion; that they are necessary only at the beginning of our Christian course, when we are setting out in the way to the kingdom. And this may seem […]

The Reformation of Manners-John Wesley

  The Reformation of Manners  Preached before the Society for Reformation of Manners      On Sunday, January 30, 1763      At the Chapel in West-Street, Seven-Dials      “Who will rise up with me against the wicked?” Ps. 94:16.       1. In all ages, men who neither feared God nor regarded man have combined together, and formed confederacies, to carry on the works […]

The New Creation-John Wesley

  The New Creation  Behold, I make all things new. Rev. 21:5.       1. What a strange scene is here opened to our view! How remote from all our natural apprehensions! Not a glimpse of what is here revealed was ever seen in the heathen world. Not only the modern, barbarous, uncivilized Heathens have not the […]

The New Birth-John Wesley

  The New Birth  “Ye must be born again.” John 3:7.       1. If any doctrines within the whole compass of Christianity may be properly termed fundamental, they are doubtless these two, — the doctrine of justification, and that of the new birth: The former relating to that great work which God does for us, in […]

The Nature of Enthusiasm-John Wesley

  The Nature of Enthusiasm   “And Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself.” Acts 26:24.       1. And so say all the world, the men who know not God, of all that are of Paul’s religion: of every one who is so a follower of him as he was of Christ. It […]

The Mystery of Iniquity-John Wesley

  The Mystery of Iniquity   “The mystery of iniquity doth already work.” 2 Thess. 2:7.       1. Without inquiring how far these words refer to any particular event in the Christian Church, I would at present take occasion from them to consider that important question, — In what manner the mystery of iniquity hath wrought among […]

The More Excellent Way-John Wesley

  The More Excellent Way   “Covet earnestly the best gifts; And yet I show to you a more excellent way.” 1 Cor. 12:31.       1. In the preceding verses, St. Paul has been speaking of the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost; such as healing the sick, prophesying (in the proper sense of the word; that […]

The Ministerial Office-John Wesley

  The Ministerial Office   [a.k.a. ^PROPHETS AND PRIESTS^ (Sermon 121 in the Bicentennial Edition)]      [Respecting this Sermon the following information is given by Mr. Moore, in his “Life of Mr. Wesley,” vol. ii., p. 339: — “I was with Mr. Wesley in London when he published that Sermon. He had encouraged me to be a man […]

The Means of Grace-John Wesley

The Means of Grace   “Ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.” Mal. 3:7.       I. 1. But are there any ordinances now, since life and immortality were brought to light by the gospel? Are there, under the Christian dispensation, any means ordained of God, as the usual channels of his grace? […]

The Marks of the New Birth-John Wesley

  The Marks of the New Birth   “So is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8.       1. How is every one that is “born of the Spirit,” — that is, born again, — born of God? What is meant by the being born again, the being born of God, or being born […]

The Lord Our Righteousness-John Wesley

  The Lord Our Righteousness    “This is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.” Jer. 23:6.       1. How dreadful and how innumerable are the contests which have arisen about religion! And not only among the children of this world, among those who knew not what true religion was, but even among […]

The Important Question-John Wesley

  The Important Question  “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Matthew 16:26       1. There is a celebrated remark to this effect, (I think in the works of Mr. Pascal,) that if a man of low estate would speak of high things, as of what […]

The Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels-John Wesley

  The Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels  “We have this treasure in earthen vessels.” 2 Cor. 4:7.       1. How long was man a mere riddle to himself! For how man~y ages were the wisest of men utterly unable to reveal the myster~y, to reconcile the strange inconsistencies, in him, — the wonderful mixture of good […]

The Great Assize-John Wesley

  The Great Assize  Preached at the Assizes held before the Honorable Sir Edward Clive, Knight, one of the Judges of His Majesty’s Court of Common Pleas, in St. Paul’s Church, Bedford, on Friday, March 10, 1758; published at the request of William Cole, Esq., High Sheriff of the county, and others. “We shall all […]

The Good Steward-John Wesley

  The Good Steward    “Give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.” Luke 16:2.       1. The relation which man bears to God, the creature to his Creator, is exhibited to us in the oracles of God under various representations. Considered as a sinner, a fallen creature, he is there represented […]

The General Spread of the Gospel-John Wesley

  The General Spread of the Gospel   “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters covers the sea.” Isa. 11:9.       1. In what a condition is the world at present! How does darkness, intellectual darkness, ignorance, with vice and misery attendant upon it, cover the face of the earth! […]

The General Deliverence-John Wesley

  The General Deliverence    “The earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him that subjected it: Yet in hope that the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the […]

The First Fruits of the Spirit-John Wesley

  The First Fruits of the Spirit   “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Rom. 8:1       1. By “them which are in Christ Jesus,” St. Paul evidently means, those who truly believe in him; those who, “being justified by […]

The End of Christ’s Coming-John Wesley

  The End of Christ’s Coming   “For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8.       1. Many eminent writers, heathen as well as Christian, both in earlier and later ages, have employed their utmost labour and art in painting the beauty of virtue. […]

The Duty of Reproving our Neighbor-John Wesley

  The Duty of Reproving our Neighbor     “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.” Lev. 19:17.       A great part of the book of Exodus, and almost the whole of the book of Leviticus, relate to the ritual or ceremonial […]

The Danger of Riches-John Wesley

  The Danger of Riches    “They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful desires, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1 Tim. 6:9.       1. How innumerable are the ill consequences which have followed from men’s not knowing, or not considering, this great truth! And how […]

The Circumcision of the Heart-John Wesley

  The Circumcision of the Heart   Preached at St. Mary’s, Oxford, before the University, on January 1, 1733. “Circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter.” Romans 2:29.       1. It is the melancholy remark of an excellent man, that he who now preaches the most essential duties of Christianity, […]

The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes-John Wesley

  The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes   [First published ~in the year 1750.]      “O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord; what destruction he hath brought upon th~e earth!” Ps. 46:8.       O~f all the judgments which the righteous God inflicts on sinners here, the most dreadful and destructive is an earth~quake. This he has […]

The Case of Reason Impartially Considered-John Wesley

  The Case of Reason Impartially Considered   ‘Brethren, be not children in understanding: Howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.’       1 Cor. 14:20.      1. It is the true remark of an eminent man, who had made many observations on human nature, ‘If reason be against a man, a man will always be […]

The Almost Christian-John Wesley

  The Almost Christian    ‘Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.’       Acts 26:28.      AND many there are who go thus far: ever since the Christian religion was in the world, there have been many in every age and nation who were almost persuaded to be Christians. But seeing it avails nothing before God to go […]

Spiritual Worship-John Wesley

  Spiritual Worship   “This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20.       1. In this Epistle St. John speaks not to any particular Church, but to all the Christians of that age; although more especially to them among whom he then resided. And in them he speaks to the whole Christian Church in […]

Spiritual Idolatry-John Wesley

  Spiritual Idolatry   “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21.       1. There are two words that occur several times in this Epistle, — _paidia_ and _teknia_, — both of which our translators render by the same expression, little children. But their meaning is very different. The former is very properly rendered little children; […]

Some Account of the Late Work of God…-John Wesley

  Some Account of the Late Work of God…   THE LATE WORK OF GOD IN NORTH AMERICA      “The appearance was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.” Ezek. 1:16.       1. Whatever may be the primary meaning of this mysterious passage of Scripture, many serious Christians, in all ages have applied it in […]

Signs of the Times-John Wesley

  Signs of the Times  “Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” Matthew 16:3.       1. The entire passage runs thus: “The Pharisees also, with the Sadducees, came, and tempting, desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said, […]

Sermon on the Mount, 9-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 9    “‘No man can serve two masters; For either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.       “‘Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall […]

Sermon on the Mount, 8-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 8   “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal; For where your treasure […]

Sermon on the Mount, 7-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 7   “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou […]

Sermon on the Mount, 6-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 6  “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: Otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.       “Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in […]

Sermon on the Mount, 5-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 5    “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you: Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be […]

Sermon on the Mount, 4-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 4  “Ye are the salt of the earth. But if the salt hath lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and trodden under foot of men. “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set […]

Sermon on the Mount, 3-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 3  “Blessed are the pure in heart: For they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers: For they shall be called the children of God. “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and […]

Sermon on the Mount, 2-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 2   “Blessed are the meek: For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: For they shall obtain mercy.” Matt. 5:5-7       I. 1. When “the winter is past,” when “the time of singing is […]

Sermon on the Mount, 13-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 13    “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name […]

Sermon on the Mount, 12-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 12  “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil […]

Sermon on the Mount, 11-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 11  “Enter ye in at the strait gate: For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in threat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find […]

Sermon on the Mount, 10-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 10    “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is […]

Sermon on the Mount, 1-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 1   “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: And when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: For they […]

Self-Denial-John Wesley

  Self-Denial   “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23       1. It has been frequently imagined, that the direction here given related chiefly, if not wholly, to the Apostles; at least, to the Christians of […]

Scriptural Christianity-John Wesley

  Scriptural Christianity   [This Sermon was originally published in a separate pamphlet, accompanied by the following address “to the reader,” to which was affixed the author’s signature: “It was not my design, when I wrote, ever to print the latter part of the following Sermon: But the false and scurrilous accounts of it which have […]

Satan’s Devices-John Wesley

  Satan’s Devices     “We are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Cor. 2:11.       1. The devices whereby the subtle god of this world labours to destroy the children of God — or at least to torment whom he cannot destroy, to perplex and hinder them in running the race which is set before them — […]

Original, Nature, Property, and Use of Law-John Wesley

  Original, Nature, Property, and Use of Law   “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” Rom. 7:12       1. Perhaps there are few subjects within the whole compass of religion so little understood as this. The reader of this Epistle is usually told, by the law St. Paul means the […]

Original Sin-John Wesley

  Original Sin    ‘And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.’       Gen. 6:5.      1. How widely different is this from the fair pictures of human nature which men have drawn in all ages! The writings of many […]

On Zeal-John Wesley

  On Zeal    “It is good to be always zealously affected in a good thing.” Gal. 4:18.       1. There are few subjects in the whole compass of religion, that are of greater importance than this. For without zeal it is impossible, either to make any considerable progress in religion ourselves, or to do any considerable […]

On Worldly Folly-John Wesley

  On Worldly Folly  “But God said unto him, Thou fool!” Luke 12:20.       But one of these fools is commonly wiser in his own eyes “than seven men that can render a reason.” If it were possible for a Christian, for one that has the mind which was in Christ, to despise any one, he […]

On Working out Own Salvation-John Wesley

  On Working out Own Salvation    “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; For it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Phil. 2:12-13.       1. Some great truths, as the being and attributes of God, and the difference between moral good and evil, were […]

On Visiting the Sick-John Wesley

  On Visiting the Sick   “I was sick, and ye visited me.” Matt. 25:36.       1. It is generally supposed, that the means of grace and the ordinances of God are equivalent terms. We commonly mean by that expression, those that are usually termed, works of piety; viz., hearing and reading the Scripture, receiving the Lord’s […]

On the Wedding Garment-John Wesley

  On the Wedding Garment   “How camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? Matt. 22:12.       1. In the verses preceding the text we read, “After these things, Jesus spake to them again in parables, and said, A certain king made a supper for his son. And when the king came in to see […]

On the Trinity-John Wesley

  On the Trinity   Some days since I was desired to preach on this text. I did so yesterday morning. In the afternoon I was pressed to write down and print my sermon, if possible, before I left Cork. I have wrote it this morning; but I must beg the reader to make allowance for […]

On the Single Eye-John Wesley

  On the Single Eye     “If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Therefore, if the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matt. 6:22, 23.       1. “Simplicity and purity,” says […]

On the Resurrection of the Dead-John Wesley

  On the Resurrection of the Dead  Written in the year 1732      [This Sermon was originally written by Benjamin Calamy, D.D., Vicar of St. Lawrence, Jewry, London. It occurs, p. 275, in a volume of Sermons which bears his name, published in 1704; and is here abridged and revised by ~Mr. Wesley.~ — EDIT.] “But some […]

On the Omnipresence of God-John Wesley

  On the Omnipresence of God  “Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.” Jer. 23:24.       1. How strongly and beautifully do these words express the omnipresence of God! And can there be in the whole compass of nature a more sublime subject? Can there be any more worthy the consideration of every […]

On the Holy Spirit-John Wesley

  On the Holy Spirit Preached at St. Mary’s, Oxford, on Whitsunday~, 1736. “Now the Lord is that Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:17.       The Apostle had been showing how the gospel ministry was superior to that of the law: The time being now come when types and shadows should be laid aside, and we should be […]

On the Fall of Man-John Wesley

  On the Fall of Man   “Dust thou are, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Gen. 3:19.       1. Why is there pain in the world; seeing God is “loving to every man, and his mercy is over all his works?” Because there is sin: Had there been no sin, there would have been no pain. […]

On the Education of Children-John Wesley

  On the Education of Children    “Train up a child in the way wherein he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6.       1. We must not imagine that these words are to be understood in an absolute sense, as if no child that had been trained up […]

On the Discoveries of Faith-John Wesley

  On the Discoveries of Faith  “Now~ faith is the ev~idence of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1.       1. For many ages it has been allowed by sensible men, _N~ihil est in intellectu quod non fuit prius in sensu_: That is, “There is nothing in the understanding which was not first perceived by some of the […]

On the Death of Rev. Mr. John Fletcher-John Wesley

  On the Death of Rev. Mr. John Fletcher   Preached on Occasion of      THE DEATH OF THE REV. MR. JOHN FLETCHER,      Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire      To the Reader      It was a consciousness of my own inability to describe in a manner worthy of the subject such a person as Mr. Fletcher, which was one great reason of my not […]

On the Death of Mr. Whitefield-John Wesley

  On the Death of Mr. Whitefield   Preached at the Chapel in Tottenham-Court Road and at the Tabernacle, near Moorfields, on Sunday, November 18, 1770.      “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!” Num. 23:10.       1. “Let my last end be like his!” How many of you join […]

On the Danger of Increasing Riches-John Wesley

  On the Danger of Increasing Riches    “If riches increase, set not thine heart upon them.” Ps. 62:10.       1. From that express declaration of our Lord, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven,” we may easily […]

On Temptation-John Wesley

  On Temptation   “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor. 10:13. […]

On Sin in Believers-John Wesley

  On Sin in Believers   “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” 2 Cor. 5:17.       I. 1. Is there then sin in him that is in Christ? Does sin remain in one that believes in him? Is there any sin in them that are born of God, or are they wholly […]

On Schism-John Wesley

  On Schism  “That there might be no schism in the body.” 1 Cor. 12:25.       1. If there be any word in the English tongue as ambiguous and indeterminate in its meaning as the word Church, it is one that is nearly allied to it, — the word Schism. it has been the subject of […]

On Riches-John Wesley

  On Riches    “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24.       1. In the preceding verses we have an account of a young man who came running to our Lord, and kneeling down, not in […]

On Redeeming the Time-John Wesley

  On Redeeming the Time On Redeeming the Time “Redeeming the time.” Eph. 5:16. 1. “See that ye walk circumspectly,” says the Apostle in the preceding verse, “not as fools, but as wise men, redeeming the time;” saving all the time you can for the best purposes; buying up every fleeting moment out of the […]

On Public Diversions-John Wesley

  On Public Diversions   “Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in the city, and the Lord hath not done it?” Amos 3:6.       It is well if there are not too many here who are too nearly concerned in these words of the Prophet; […]

On Predestination-John Wesley

  On Predestination  “Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son: — Whom he did predestinate, them he also called. And whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” Romans 8:29, 30.       Our beloved brother Paul,” says St. Peter, […]

On Pleasing all Men-John Wesley

  On Pleasing all Men    “Let every man please his neighbour for his good to edification.” Rom. 15:2.       1. Undoubtedly the duty here prescribed is incumbent on all mankind; at least on every one of those to whom are entrusted the oracles of God. For it is here enjoined to everyone without exception that names […]

On Perfection-John Wesley

  On Perfection   “Let us go on to perfection.” Heb. 6:1.       The whole sentence runs thus: “Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection: Not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God;” which he had just before termed, “the first principles […]

On Patience-John Wesley

  On Patience   “Let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4.       1. “My brethren,” says the Apostle in the preceding verse, “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.” At first view, this may appear a strange direction; seeing most temptations are, “for the […]

On Obedience to Pastors-John Wesley

  On Obedience to Pastors   “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: For they watch over your souls, as they that shall give account, that they may do this with joy, and not with grief: For that is unprofitable for you.” Heb. 13:17.       1. Exceeding few, not only among nominal Christians, […]

On Obedience to Parents-John Wesley

  On Obedience to Parents  ~~ “Children, obey your parents in all thin~gs.” Col. 3:20       1. It has been a subject of controversy for many years, whether there are any innate principles in the mind of man. But it is allowed on all hands, if there be any practical principles naturally Unplanted in the soul, […]

On Mourning the Dead-John Wesley

  On Mourning the Dead  Preached at Epworth, January 11, 1726, at the Funeral of John Griffith: A Hopeful Young Man.      “Now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” 2 Sam. 12:23.       The resolution of a wise and […]

On Love-John Wesley

  On Love Preached at Savannah, February 20, 1736      “Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.” 1 Cor. 13:3.       [1.] There is great reason to fear that it will hereafter be said of most of you […]

On Living without God-John Wesley

  On Living without God  “Without God in the world.” Eph. 2:12.       1. Perhaps these words might be more properly translated, Atheists in the world. This seems to be a little stronger expression than “without God in the world,” which sounds nearly negative, and does not necessarily imply any more than the having no fellowship […]

On Laying the Foundation of the New Chapel-John Wesley

  On Laying the Foundation of the New Chapel   Preached on Monday, April 21, 1777      ON LAYING THE FOUNDATION OF THE NEW CHAPEL, NEAR THE CITY-ROAD, LONDON.      “According to this time it shall be said, — What hath God wrought!” Num. 23:23.       1. We need not now inquire, in what sense this was applicable to the children […]

On Knowing Christ after the Flesh-John Wesley

  On Knowing Christ after the Flesh   “Henceforth know we no man after the flesh; yea, though we did kno~w Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.” 2 Cor. 5:16.       1. I have long desired to see something clearly and intelligibly wrote on these words. This is doubtless a point […]

On Grieving the Holy Spirit-John Wesley

  On Grieving the Holy Spirit  Written in the year 1733      “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Eph. 4:30.       There can be no point of greater importance to him who knows that it is the Holy Spirit which leads us into all truth and into all […]

On God’s Vineyard-John Wesley

  On God’s Vineyard   “What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?” Isa. 5:4.       The vineyard of the Lord, taking the word in its widest sense, may include the whole world. All […]

On Friendship with the World-John Wesley

  On Friendship with the World   “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of this world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore desireth to be a friend of the world is an enemy of God.” Jam. 4:4.       1. There is a passage in St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, which has been […]

On Family Religion-John Wesley

  On Family Religion   “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Josh. 24:15.       1. In the foregoing verses we read that Joshua, now grown old, “gathered the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges and officers; and they presented themselves […]

On Faith-John Wesley

  On Faith   “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” Heb. 11:6.       1. But what is Faith? It is a divine “evidence and conviction of things not seen;” of things which are not seen now, whether they are visible or invisible in their own nature. Particularly, it is a divine evidence and conviction of […]

On Eternity-John Wesley

  On Eternity   “From everlasting to everlasting thou art God.” Psalm 90:2       1. I would fain speak of that awful subject, — eternity. But how can we grasp it in our thought? It is so vast, that the narrow mind of man is utterly unable to comprehend it. But does it not bear some affinity […]

On Dress-John Wesley

  On Dress  “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of — wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God […]

On Divine Providence-John Wesley

  On Divine Providence     “Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Luke 12:7.       1. The doctrine of divine providence has been received by wise men in all ages. It was believed by many of the eminent Heathens, not only philosophers, but orators and poets. Innumerable are the testimonies concerning it which are […]

On Dissipation-John Wesley

  On Dissipation “This I speak — that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.” 1 Cor. 7:35.       1. Almost in every part of our nation, more especially in the large and populous towns, we hear a general complaint among sensible persons, of the still increasing dissipation. It is observed to diffuse itself more […]

On Corrupting the Word of God-John Wesley

   Preached about the year 1728      “We are not as many, who corrupt the word of God: But as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” 2 Cor. 2:17.       [1.] Many have observed, that nothing conduces more to a Preacher’s success with those that hear him, than a […]

On Conscience-John Wesley

  On Conscience   “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience.” 2 Cor. 1:12.       1. How few words are there in the world more common than this, Conscience! It is in almost every one’s mouth. And one would thence be apt to conclude, that no word can be found which is more generally […]

On Charity-John Wesley

  On Charity   “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, and […]

On Attending the Church Service-John Wesley

  On Attending the Church Service    “The sin of the young men was very great.” 1 Sam. 2:17.       1. The corruption, not only of the heathen world, but likewise of them that were called Christians, has been matter of sorrow and lamentation to pious men, almost from the time of the apostles. And hence, as […]

Of the Church-John Wesley

  Of the Church    “I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called […]

Of Hell-John Wesley

  Of Hell    “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:48.       1. Every truth which is revealed in the oracles of God is undoubtedly of great importance. Yet it may be allowed that some of those which are revealed therein are of greater importance than others, as being more immediately […]

Of Good Angels-John Wesley

  Of Good Angels   “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Heb. 1:14.       1. Many of the ancient Heathens had (probably from tradition) some notion of good and evil angels. They had some conception of a superior order of beings, between men and God, […]

Of Former Times-John Wesley

  Of Former Times  “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.” Eccles. 7:10.       1. It is not easy to discern any connexion between this text and the context; between these words and either those that go before or those […]

Of Evil Angels-John Wesley

  Of Evil Angels   “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against wicked spirits in heavenly places.” Eph. 6:12.       1. It has been frequently observed that there are no gaps or chasms in the creation of God, but that all the […]

National Sins and Miseries-John Wesley

  National Sins and Miseries   Preached at St. Matthew’s, Bethnal-Green,      On Sunday, November 12, 1775,      For the benefit of the Widows and Orphans of the Soldiers who lately fell, near Boston, in New-England.      “Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: But these sheep, what have they done?” 2 Sam. 24:17.       1. The chapter begins, “And again […]

Law Established through Faith, 1-John Wesley

  Law Established through Faith, 1   “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: Yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31.       1. St. Paul, having the beginning of this Epistle laid down his general proposition, namely, that “the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to every one that […]

Justification by Faith-John Wesley

  Justification by Faith   “To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:5. 1. How a sinner may be justified before God, the Lord and Judge of all, is a question of no common importance to every child of man. It contains the […]

In What Sense We Are to Leave the World-John Wesley

  In What Sense We Are to Leave the World    “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And I will be to you a Father, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor. […]

Imperfection of Human Knowledge-John Wesley

  Imperfection of Human Knowledge   “We know in part.” 1 Cor. 13:9.       1. The desire of knowledge is an universal principle in man, fixed in his inmost nature. It is not variable, but constant in every rational creature, unless while it is suspended by some stronger desire. And it is insatiable: “The eye is not […]

Human Life a Dream-John Wesley

  Human Life a Dream    “Even like as a dream when one awaketh; so shalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city.” Ps. 73:20.       1. Anyone that considers the foregoing verses will easily observe that the Psalmist is speaking directly of the wicked, that prosper in their wickedness. It is very common […]

Heaviness through Manifold Temptations-John Wesley

  Heaviness through Manifold Temptations   “Now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” 1 Pet. 1:6.       1. In the preceding discourse I have particularly spoken of that darkness of mind into which those are often observed to fall who once walked in the light of God’s countenance. Nearly related […]

Great Privilege of Those that are Born of God-John Wesley

  Great Privilege of Those that are Born of God    “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” 1 John 3:9.       1. It has been frequently supposed, that the being born of God was all one with the being justified; that the new birth and justification were only different expressions, denoting the same thing: […]

God’s Love to Fallen Man-John Wesley

  God’s Love to Fallen Man  “Not as the offence, so also is the free gift.” Rom. 5:15.       1. How exceeding common, and how bitter, is the outcry against our first parent for the mischief which he not only brought upon himself, but entailed upon his latest posterity! It was by his wilful rebellion against […]

God’s Approbation of his Works-John Wesley

  God’s Approbation of his Works   “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” Gen. 1:31.       1. When God created the heavens and the earth, and all that is therein, at the conclusion of each day’s work it is said, “And God saw that it was good.” Whatever […]

Free Grace-John Wesley

  Free Grace   To The Reader:       Nothing but the strongest conviction, not only that what is here advanced is ‘the truth as it is in Jesus,’ but also that I am indispensably obliged to declare this truth to all the world, could have induced me openly to oppose the sentiments of those whom I esteem […]

Duty of Constant Communion-John Wesley

  Duty of Constant Communion   The following discourse was written above five-and-fifty years ago, for the use of my pupils at Oxford. I have added very little, but retrenched much; as I then used more words than I do now. But, I thank God, I have not yet seen cause to alter my sentiments in […]

Christian Perfection-John Wesley

  Christian Perfection   ‘Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect.’       Phil. 3:12.      1. There is scarce any expression in Holy Writ which has given more offence than this. The word perfect is what many cannot bear. The very sound of it is an abomination to them. And whosoever preaches perfection (as the […]

Causes of the Inefficiency of Christianity-John Wesley

  Causes of the Inefficiency of Christianity   “~Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daugh~ter of my people recovered?” Jer. 8:22~~.       1. This question, as here proposed by the Prophet, relates only to a particular people, — the children of Israel. But I […]

Catholic Spirit-John Wesley

  Catholic Spirit    ‘And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him, and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered: It is. If it be, give me thine hand.’       2 Kings 10:15.      1. […]

Case of Reason Impartially Considered-John Wesley

  Case of Reason Impartially Considered   “Brethren, be not children in understanding: Howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” 1 Cor. 14:20.       1. It is the true remark of an eminent man, who had made many observations on human nature, “If reason be against a man, a man will always be […]

Awake, Thou That Sleepest-John Wesley

  Awake, Thou That Sleepest    ‘Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.’       Eph. 5:14.      IN discoursing on these words, I shall, with the help of God, –       First. Describe the sleepers, to whom they are spoken:       Secondly. Enforce the exhortation, ‘Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the […]

An Israelite Indeed-John Wesley

  An Israelite Indeed     “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile.” John 1:47.       1. Some years ago a very ingenious man, Professor Hutcheson of Glasgow, published two treatises, The Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue. In the latter of these he maintains that the very essence of virtue is, the love […]

A Caution against Bigotry-John Wesley

  A Caution against Bigotry   “And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name: and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not.” Mark 9:38, 39.       1. In the preceding verses we read, that after the Twelve had […]

A Call to Backsliders-John Wesley

  A Call to Backsliders   ‘Will the Lord absent himself for ever? And will he be no more entreated? Is his mercy clean gone for ever? And is his promise come utterly to an end for evermore?’       Ps. 77:7, 8.      1. Presumption is one grand snare of the devil, in which many of the children of […]

What is Man 2?-John Wesley

  What is Man 2?     “What is man?” Psa. 8:4.       1. Nay, what am I? With God’s assistance, I would consider myself. Here is a curious machine, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” It is a little portion of earth, the particles of which cohering, I know not how, lengthen into innumerable fibres, a thousand times finer […]

What is Man?-John Wesley

  What is Man?  “When I consider thy heaven, the work of thy fingers, the moon and stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man?” Psalm 8:3, 4.       How often has it been observed, that the Book of Psalms is a rich treasury of devotion, which the wisdom of God has provided to supply the […]

Wandering Thoughts-John Wesley

  Wandering Thoughts  ‘Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.’       2 Cor. 5:5.      1. But will God so ‘bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,’ that no wandering thought will find a place in the mind, even while we remain in the body? So some have vehemently maintained; yea, have […]

Walking by Sight, and Walking by Faith-John Wesley

  Walking by Sight, and Walking by Faith   “We walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor. 5:7.       1. How short is this description of real Christians! And yet how exceeding full! It comprehends, it sums up, the whole experience of those that are truly such, from the time they are born of God till […]

True Christianity Defended-John Wesley

  True Christianity Defended  [The following Sermon was found in a mutilated manuscript among ~Mr. Wesley’s papers. It is dated June 24, 1741. A Latin copy of the same Discourse has also been discovered. ~Mr. Pawson, with great care, copied the former, and I have supplied the deficiencies out of the latter. On collating both […]

The Witness of the Spirit – Part 2-John Wesley

  The Witness of the Spirit – Part 2    “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Rom. 8:l6       I. 1. None who believe the Scriptures to be the word of God, can doubt the importance of such a truth as this; — a truth revealed therein, not […]

The Witness of the Spirit – Part 1-John Wesley

  The Witness of the Spirit – Part 1   “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Rom. 8:16       1. How many vain men, not understanding what they spake, neither whereof they affirmed, have wrested this Scripture to the great loss if not the destruction of their souls! […]

The Witness of our own Spirit-John Wesley

  The Witness of our own Spirit   “This is our rejoicing, the testimony of out conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world.” (2 Cor. 1:12.)       1. Such is the voice of every true believer in Christ, so […]

The Wisdom of God’s Counsels-John Wesley

  The Wisdom of God’s Counsels    “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” Rom. 11:33.       1. Some apprehend the wisdom and the knowledge of God to mean one and the same thing. Others believe that the wisdom of God more directly refers to his appointing the ends of […]