John Wesley

aeb04cdb01b3569f00de5d29f3b1495620150518-2                                                                                John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield were very influential in the beginning of the Methodist Church. John Wesley said many famous  quotes during his life of preaching. You may have heard of a few of them. He was a prolific writer and his many sermons were long and reached many people. Below are just some of them.

“Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can”

“Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.”

“It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people. ”

“God grant that I may never live to be useless!”

“I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God’s creational intentions.”

“Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding differences.john_wesley_logo_2_color_vectorizedredflame

“Thanksgiving is inseparable from true prayer; it is almost essentially connected with it. One who always prays is ever giving praise, whether in ease or pain, both for prosperity and for the greatest adversity. He blesses God for all things, looks on them as coming from Him, and receives them for His sake- not choosing nor refusing, liking or disliking,anything, but only as it is agreeable or disagreeable to His perfect will.” john-wesley-quotes-dfvtnxtq

“You have one business on earth – to save souls.” – John Benjamin Wesley

“Think and let think.”

“In using all means, seek God alone. In and through every outward thing, look only to the power of His Spirit, and the merits of His Son. Beware you do not get stuck in the work itself; if you do, it is all lost labor. Nothing short of God can satisfy your soul. Therefore, fix on Him in all, through all, and above all…Remember also to use all means as means-as ordained, not for their own sake…”

“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; alone will shake the gates of hell.”

“By salvation I mean not barely according to the vulgar notion deliverance from hell or going to heaven but a present deliverance from sin a restoration of the soul to its primitive health its original purity a recovery of the divine nature the renewal of our souls after the image of God in righteousness and true holiness in justice mercy and truth.”

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.”

John Wesley said all these things and more.manning1c

“I want to know one thing, the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this end He came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. Give me that book! At any price give me the Book of God!”

“When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me”. – John Wesley

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

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“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.” – 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.”

“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”

“We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.”

“Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!”

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

“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?”

“I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit.” dsc_03922

“Thanksgiving is inseparable from true prayer; it is almost essentially connected with it. One who always prays is ever giving praise, whether in ease or pain, both for prosperity and for the greatest adversity. He blesses God for all things, looks on them as coming from Him, and receives them for His sake- not choosing nor refusing, liking or disliking,anything, but only as it is agreeable or disagreeable to His perfect will.”

“In using all means, seek God alone. In and through every outward thing, look only to the power of His Spirit, and the merits of His Son. Beware you do not get stuck in the work itself; if you do, it is all lost labor. Nothing short of God can satisfy your soul. Therefore, fix on Him in all, through all, and above all…Remember also to use all means as means-as ordained, not for their own sake…”

“with all prayer (Eph. 6:18)” All sorts of prayer- public, private, mental, vocal. Do not be diligent in one kind of prayer and negligent in others… let us use all.”

“Only the soul and the body are the natural constituent parts of men and women. The SPIRIT is not in the fundamental nature of humans but is the supernatural gift of God, TO BE FOUND IN CHRISTIANS ONLY.”

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

I value all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity” John Benjamin Wesley.

Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. “Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.” (I’ve heard this one before) Many of these early leaders rode on horseback and some became known as circuit riders. john wesleyJohn Wesley and his ministry had a great impact on our country and the westward expansion. Methodist Churches were planted in every new settlement along the way. It is now nearly three hundred years since his birth but celebrations are planned worldwide. The reluctant Anglican Priest had built a new denomination in America and the Methodist Theology has spread to nearly every country around the globe since. He is remembered still today and so is his brother Charles Wesley who may have been the greatest hymm writer of all time.

The great hymm writer

The great hymm writer

Charles Wesley, the Song Writer. The brother of John Wesley. He wrote 8,989 hymns, 10 times the volume composed by the only other candidate (Isaac Watts) who could conceivably claim to be the world’s greatest hymn writer. Charles composed some of the most memorable and lasting hymns of the church: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “And Can It Be,” “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” “Soldiers of Christ, Arise,” and “Rejoice! the Lord Is King!” , “O Thou who came from above”, “Servants of God”, All praise to our redeeming Lord”, and  “Jesus the name high over all”.

john-wesley-quote-ways-trinity-reveals-gods-loveWesleyDoAllcatchonfireThanks for visiting this page about John and Charles Wesley. The churches today continue their work and remember their words and music. Grace United Methodist Church at 193 Union Street in Bangor is a Mission Church heavily involved in caring for the poor and homeless in our Westside neighborhood. Please pray for those in need of food and spirituality. You may donate here if you are able. Thanks and may God Bless You for your kindness.

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