John Wesley was a Church of England cleric and Christian theologian. Wesley is largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as founding the Methodist movement which began when he took to open-air preaching in a similar manner to George Whitefield. In contrast to George Whitefield's Calvinism, Wesley embraced the Arminian doctrines that were dominant in the 18th-century Church of England. Methodism in both forms was a highly successful evangelical movement in the United Kingdom, which encouraged people to experience Jesus Christ personally.
Wesley's teachings, known as Wesleyanism, provided the seeds for both the modern Methodist movement, the Holiness movement, ... more »
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John Wesley Poems
Hymn XII: Come, Ye That Love the Lord
Come, ye that love the Lord, And let your joys be known; Join in a song with sweet accord, While ye surround his throne:
Hymn I: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
O for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer's praise, The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of his grace!
Hymn XXIII: Extended on a Cursed Tree
Extended on a cursed tree, Besmeared with dust, and sweat, and blood, See there, the king of glory see! Sinks and expires the Son of God.
Hymn III: All That Pass By, to Jesus Dra...
All that pass by, To Jesus draw near, He utters a cry, Ye sinners, give ear! From hell to retrieve you He spreads out his hands; Now, now to receive you, He graciously stands.
Hymn XIV: Happy the Man That Finds the G...
Happy the man that finds the grace, The blessing of God's chosen race, The wisdom coming from above, The faith that sweetly works by love.
Hymn XX: Weary Souls, that Wander Wide
Weary souls, that wander wide From the central point of bliss, Turn to Jesus crucified, Fly to those dear wounds of his:
Hymn XVII: Jesus, From Whom All Blessing...
Jesus, from whom all blessings flow, Great builder of thy church below, If now thy Spirit moves my breast, Hear, and fulfil thine own request!
Hymn XI: God, the Offended God Most High
God, the offended God most high, Ambassadors to rebels sends; His messengers his place supply, And Jesus begs us to be friends.
Hymn V: Thy Faithfulness, Lord
Thy faithfulness, Lord, Each moment we find, So true to thy word, So loving and kind! Thy mercy so tender To all the lost race, The vilest offender May turn and find grace.
Hymn XV: Happy the Souls to Jesus Joined
Happy the souls to Jesus joined, And saved by grace alone, Walking in all his ways they find Their heaven on earth begun.
Hymn VI: Sinners, Turn, Why Will Ye Die?
Sinners, turn, why will ye die? God, your Maker, asks you why? God, who did your being give, Made you with himself to live -
Hymn VII: Let the Beasts Their Breath Re...
Let the beasts their breath resign, Strangers to the life divine; Who their God can never know, Let their spirit downward go.
Hymn XVIII: Father, Saviour of Mankind
Father, Saviour of mankind, Who hast on me bestowed An immortal soul, designed To be the house of God;
Hymn XIII: Happy Soul that Free from Har...
Happy soul that free from harms Rests within his Shepherd's arms! Who his quiet shall molest? Who shall violate his rest?
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''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 (1703-1791), British preacher, founder of Methodism. journal entry, Sept. 1, 1778. Reporting the words of "a good man."
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Hymn XII: Come, Ye That Love the Lord
Come, ye that love the Lord,
And let your joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
While ye surround his throne:
Let those refuse to sing
Who never knew our God;
But servants of the heavenly King
May speak their joys abroad.
The God that rules on high,
That all the earth surveys
That rides upon the stormy sky,
And calms the roaring seas-
This awful God is ours,
Our Father and our love;
He will send down his heavenly powers,
To carry us above.
There we shall see his face,
And never, never sin;
There, from the rivers of his ...