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John Wesley The Evangelist

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We often think of John Wesley as a church reformer, the founder of a denomination, a social activist, a folk theologian, and a voluminous author, but he was preeminently an itinerant preacher who traveled throughout the British Isles doing the work of an evangelist. Although a High Churchman with a great respect for the liturgy of the Church of England, everywhere he preached he called his hearers to experience justifying and sanctifying grace. Wesleyan intended this soteriological theme to characterize the preaching of all his Methodist preachers. This book shows us that evangelism was the center of Wesley’s ministry and early Methodism. The breadth of this book is remarkable and is lucidly written. For those who have read widely in Wesley Studies they will find interesting details here that have often been overlooked. For example, this book provides us with the fascinating story of why and how Wesley was led to organize Methodism into societies and class meetings. The formative influence of his father and mother were not insignificant in this regard, just as the Pietists played a significant role. This works shows us that Wesley was a man very much engaged in conversation with his peers and that his opinions as well as his theology were formed out a web of deep intrigue involving numerous religious and political figures. Although he was an evangelist who considered the whole world his parish and who believed that God had raised up the Methodists to proclaim scriptural holiness across the land, Wesley took ideas seriously and insisted on a right understanding of the gospel as well as a right relationship with Jesus Christ. The last chapter in this book particularly offers a corrective understanding of the relationship between life and doctrine, showing that Wesley’s evangelism effectively used Christian apologetics. For those who are newcomers to Wesley Studies, this work is reader-friendly and provides a delightful narrative of the main events in Wesley’s life and ministry with the theme of evangelism as the integrating theme.

2 reviews for John Wesley The Evangelist

  1. Dr. Robert E. Coleman

    Few persons have ever lived who exerted more positive influence in their time than John Wesley. His prodigious life and work, spanning most of the eighteenth century, epitomized an evangelical revival that changed the face of England, setting in motion forces of righteousness that continue to have reverberations throughout the world. The passion of his life, giving direction to all he said and did, was a burning desire that every person yield themselves fully to the claims of Christ. He was truly an evangelist aflame for God. John Hong in theses pages captures that passion. He has carefully researched his subject, and with the objectivity of a scholar, tells the story as it is. There is nothing superficial, nothing far-fetched in the account — the facts speak for themselves. Wesley comes alive. You feel the fresh winds of the countryside; you hear the hoofbeats of his horse as he rides across the land preaching the gospel. More than great history, this is combustible reading.

  2. Dr. Dennis F. Kinlaw

    This is a book that every pastor should read….Hong has shown us that evangelism was the center of Wesley’s ministry and early Methodism and that unless we too are engaged in the task of evangelism we are simply passing our time frivolously….The breadth of this book is remarkable and is lucidly written. For those who have read widely in Wesley Studies they will find interesting details here that have often been overlooked….Hong shows us that Wesley was a man very much engaged in conversation with his peers and that his opinions as well as his theology were formed out a web of deep intrigue involving numerous religious and political figures….The last chapter in this book particularly offers a corrective understanding of the relationship between life and doctrine, showing that Wesley’s evangelism effectively used Christian apologetics. For those who are newcomers to Wesley Studies, this work is reader-friendly and provides a delightful narrative of the main events in Wesley’s life and ministry with the theme of evangelism as the integrating theme. This is a scholarly work and well-documented, but it is also inspirational and challenges one to re-examine one’s spiritual priorities.

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