Day three with the Wesleys

I managed to find time to study after work last night due to the fortuitous use of Castleisland as a horse fair yesterday. Got a huge surprise – the third sermon in the book is by Charles not John. As I read the sermon I couldn’t help by imagining him preaching loud and clear with occasional quiet almost whispering to the congregation. There are many points in history I would like to be a part of and this is one of them. I well remember the beginning of the squirm in this time, imagine the squirm back then.

As I write this my house is waking up, I awoke hours ago and continued my studies but the rest of the house remained asleep. Awake, awake o sleeper. I had intended to write a small piece on the sermon but the words wouldn’t lie easy inside of me and so 2.6k words later I get my first pause of the day.

At this moment I see the trinity clearly in their preaching and the Holy Spirit is so present. They could not have preached those words without living in the Spirit.

Of course life is continuing while I study, relationships are broken, new relationships in seedlike transition are beginning. It is with joy I enter into a time of messages with my spouse. As he pointed out last night, there is no food in house. What is food when you can study, I countered. But I have to admit, having missed dinner to study last night I was hungry by bedtime.

I feel like my life outside of study is just a distraction, every aspect is flat and bland compared to reading these Spirit filled words and immersing myself in these two guys work and as a result sitting with the Lord while I study. I must work on this, I must find a balance of out there and in here lest I fall back into old habits of remaining here.

Onward, arise, shine and gather the carriage, to town we must depart!

Day One on Wesley

The idea of learning and being familiar with John Wesley’s sermons, well forty four of them anyway is not something that ever appealed to me. Not because I don’t have a deep respect for John Wesley and his evangelism in the working class areas of the north of England from where I come from. Not because I have any problem studying lengthy documents and gleaning their relevance to today.

No my problem is that it is marketed as a book learning exercise but I (of course) will not be doing it like that. I am coming at them in a spirit of prayer and personal reflection on his ideas that we are made in the image of God to sin and grace, salvation through Christ, assurance, sanctification etc. It will be devotional and confessional rather than theoretical, allowing the sermons to read me, pierce my heart and convict me by the Holy Spirit in those areas of my life that are not of God.

My plan is to read out loud the sermons in plain English and leave a copy here for anyone who wishes to hear them and then write about them, read sermons based on Wesley’s sermons and devote lots of time (twenty two days) to this project.

So with God’s help, with the Spirit flowing freely and in communion with the Living Lord let’s press on.