RAW FAITH SERIES: JOHN WESLEY, THE FATHER OF THE METHODIST, FAITH IN JESUS ALONE

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John Wesley was the 15th child of an Anglican priest, Samuel Wesley, born on June 17, 1703, in Epworth, England.

John Wesley grew up studying the scripture for 3hours every day, though he was not born until he met some German preachers on his first missionary trip America.

He was a great English theologian who believed in only Jesus for salvation and the power in godliness.

He believe that Christianity is better in community than isolation.

He abhored the believe that people should be left to live their life in the way they like, all Christians are to be colonised to live an organised life.

No Christian should live without deliberate organization.

He was one of the most resisted preacher that ever lived.

Against the popular thought that he splited from Anglican, he never did but ministry circumstances forced the separation.

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Actually methodism was a revival arm within the Anglican.

He was not charismatic but energetic and fierce in his pursuit in getting men saved.

Getting men to the cross was his main pursuit, he was never materialistic instead he gave more than he ever owned.

John Wesley brought revival to 18th-century England and started the Methodist Movement.
He was a great preacher and a greater organizer.

Wesley made enormous sums from preaching, the sale of his writings made him one of England’s wealthiest men.

John Wesley’s net Worth, the calculation by church researcher over his lifetime is $50M in dollars. In an age when a single man could live comfortably on 30 pounds a year, his annual income reached 1,400 alas he gave out almost that he ever owned.

In 1731 Wesley began to limit his expenses so that he would have more money to give to the poor.

He recorded that one year his income was 30 pounds and his living expenses 28 pounds, so he had 2 pounds to give away. The next year his income doubled, but he still managed to live on 28 pounds, so he had 32 pounds to give to the poor. In the third year, his income jumped to 90 pounds.

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Instead of letting his expenses rise with his income, he kept them to 28 pounds and gave away 62 pounds. In the fourth year, he received 120 pounds. As before, his expenses were 28 pounds, so his giving rose to 92 pounds.

Wesley felt that the Christian should not merely tithe but give away all extra income once the family and creditors were taken care of. He believed that with increasing income, what should rise is not the Christian’s standard of living but the standard of giving.

One year his income was a little over 1400 pounds. He lived on 30 pounds and gave away nearly 1400 pounds. Because he had no family to care for, he had no need for savings. He was afraid of laying up treasures on earth, so the money went out in charity as quickly as it came in. He reports that he never had 100 pounds at any one time.

This was Wesley response to resistance and attack, “The world is my parish”—a phrase that later became a slogan of Methodist missionaries.

Wesley, in fact, never slowed down, and during his ministry he traveled over 4,000 miles annually, preaching some 40,000 sermons in his lifetime.

The organised template of the church can be traced to Wesley approach to ministry which was then called methodist to mock him and his ways.

The seminars and conference that we organise today started with the way John Wesley did his ministry.

The current home cell technique we are using was first formulated by John Wesley to keep his converts spiritual vibrant.

An indication of his organizational genius is that we know exactly how many followers Wesley had when he died: 294 preachers, 71,668 British members, 19 missionaries (5 in mission stations), and 43,265 American members with 198 preachers.

He was one of the most organised preacher that ever lived on this space.

He was also one of the most travelled preacher of all times.

Wesley rode 250,000 miles. He was convinced that it was important for him personally to spread the gospel through relationships and continue to grow closer to God in those relationships. Asked if he would consider walking instead of riding, he replied, “Nay.”

He believed in “social holiness.” we could only grow as Christians in community.

In his preface to the 1739 hymnal, he was adamant that “the gospel of Christ knows of no religion but social; no holiness but social holiness.”

This is one of John believe and moral stance “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.”

Wesley’s 4 scriptural principles on money:

Provide things needful for yourself and your family (I Tim. 5:8).

“Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content” (I Tim. 6:8).

“Provide things honest in the sight of all people” (Rom. 12:17) and “Owe no man anything” (Rom. 13:8).

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10).

In 1744 Wesley wrote, “When I die if I leave behind me ten pounds…you and all mankind can bear witness against me, that I have lived and died a thief and a robber.”

When he died in 1791, the only money mentioned in his will was the miscellaneous coins to be found in his pockets and dresser drawers.

Most of the 30,000 pounds he had earned in his lifetime he had given away.

As Wesley said, “I cannot help leaving my books behind me whenever God calls me hence; but in every other respect, my own hands will be my executors.”

Faith doesn’t encourage greed and material accumulation.

The men of old walk with their heart panting to satisfy God.

No one can own the whole world, we are better off in giving than in greed.

Christianity is not about greed but the creed called contentment.

This faith is to live like our master Jesus, it’s never to be poor but pure in all things.

Faith is not the foundation of greed nor encourage it.

We can reach many in need without greed.

Men who make greed their creed shall be killed.

Faith is restoration mandate is my message, repent, God is not in support of greed.

Faith walk is straight walk.

Blessings.
A.T Joel.

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