Wesley and Men Who Followed

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Weight 1.08 lbs
Dimensions 8.8 × 5.75 × 1.1 in
topic

18th Century, General History, Pastoral Biography

Format

Book

isbn

9780851518350

Original Pub Date

2003

Banner Pub Date

Jul 1, 2003

binding

Cloth-bound

page-count

288

ENDORSEMENT

‘Thrilling history and biography, the bringing to light of forgotten men of extraordinary faith and energy for Christ; shrewd analysis; challenge to the contemporary church. Wesley and Men Who Followed has it all. I enjoyed it greatly – a breath of spiritually fresh air and vitality comes through wonderfully. I found it uplifting, challenging and gratitude-creating – and a great read.’ — SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON

Book Description

John Wesley – Oxford don and itinerant preacher, intellectual and evangelist, author and man of action, upholder of the Church of England yet founder of another world-wide denomination, disagreeing with George Whitefield, yet preaching his funeral sermon-truly a many-sided man. It is not wonder that he has had many biographers. Most books on Wesley have concentrated on his leading role in the Evangelical Revival. Wesley and Men Who Followed is more concerned with the spiritual explanation of a movement which, far from dwindling at his death, increased in momentum, breadth and transforming power. Drawing from original and often little-known Methodist sources, Iain Murray’s thrilling study leads to conclusions that are of great relevance for the contemporary church.

‘Was John Wesley deceived? Have our hymn-writers been deceived in their immortal songs? Was Saul of Tarsus deceived? Have we all been deceived?’ So wrote one unhappy modern Methodist. The evidence Iain Murray provides demonstrates that this was not the case. The result is that Wesley and Men Who Followed points to the key to the recovery of authentic Christianity today.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Principal Abbreviations xv
Part One
Wesley
From Oxford Don to Open-Air Preacher 3
‘Kingdoms on a Blaze’ 25
Understanding Wesley’s Thought 42
The Collision with Calvinism 56
The Leader 80
Part Two
Men Who Followed
William Bramwell: Friendship with God 107
Gideon Ouseley: Methodism in Ireland 137
Thomas Collins: the Spirit of English Methodism 178
Part Three
Against Unquestioning Following
Justification 217
Christian Perfection 232
Part Four
Methodism, with and without the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit and Scripture 249
Author Index 265
General Index 267

 

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