Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wesley: to stir up all parties

Thursday, May 24, 2018
    Feast of John and Charles Wesley, Priests, Poets, Teachers, 1791 & 1788
    [Jesus:] “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
    —John 4:24 (NIV)
    I met the society and explained to them ... the original design of the Methodists, viz., not to be a distinct party, but to stir up all parties, ... to worship God in spirit and in truth; but the Church of England in particular, to which they belonged from the beginning. With this view I have uniformly gone on for fifty years, never varying from the doctrine of the Church at all; nor from her discipline, of choice, but of necessity.
    ... John Wesley (1703-1791), The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, v. IV, New York: J. & J. Harper, 1826, entry for Sunday, April 12, 1789, p. 264 (see the book)
    See also John 4:23-24; Isa. 60:1; Matt. 10:34-36; 25:6; John 4:31-34; Eph. 5:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lift my heart to the true worship of You.
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