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    John Wesley said many things that have stood the test of time. Wesley's love of God and his neighbor shows through his sermons which we have all chosen to embrace as Methodists. Though all of his sermons have lines that are full of meaning, let's share some personal favorites...here are a couple of mine:

    “Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.”

    “We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”

    “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.”

    Let's hear some of yours!
    Last edited by hoohaa; 04-12-14, 11:22 PM.
    "...forgetting what lies behind and reaching foward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." - The Apostle Paul

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    Let's hear your favorite John Wesley quotes!
    hooha,

    Too many to choose from but I like this from his sermon, The Almost Christian, regarding
    the unchristian motive of fear of punishment.

    "Oderunt peccare boni, virtutis amore;

    Oderunt peccare mali, formidine poenae.

    [Good men avoid sin from the love of virtue; Wicked men avoid sin
    from a fear of punishment.]

    So that, if a man only abstains from doing evil
    in order to avoid punishment, Non pasces in cruce corvos, [Thou shalt not be hanged.],
    saith the Pagan; there, "thou hast thy reward." But even he will not allow such a
    harmless man as this to be so much as a good heathen. If, then, any man, from the
    same motive, viz., to avoid punishment, to avoid the loss of his friends, or his
    gain, or his reputation, should not only abstain from doing evil, but also do ever
    so much good; yea, and use all the means of grace; yet we could not with any propriety
    say, this man is even almost a Christian. If he has no better principle in his heart,
    he is only a hypocrite altogether."

    JohnR

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    • #3
      Originally posted by hoohaa View Post
      John Wesley said many things that have stood the test of time. Wesley's love of God and his neighbor shows through his sermons which we have all chosen to embrace as Methodists. Though all of his sermons have lines that are full of meaning, let's share some personal favorites...here are a couple of mine:

      “Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.”

      “We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”

      “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.”

      Let's hear some of yours!


      "Are not many of you conscious, that you never came thus far; that you have not been even almost a Christian; that you have not come up to the standard of heathen honesty; at least, not to the form of Christian godliness?-

      John Wesley
      The Almost Christian
      One of the ekklēsia

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      • #4
        "One day, after Whitefield's decease, John Wesley was timidly approached by one of the godly band of Christian sisters who had been brought under his influences and who loved both Whitefield and himself:

        "' Dear Mr. Wesley, may I ask you a question?'

        "' Yes, of course, madam, by all means.'

        "' But, dear Mr. Wesley, I am very much afraid what the answer will be.'

        "' Well, madam, let me hear your question, and then you will know my reply.'

        "At last, after not a little hesitation, the inquirer tremblingly asked, ' Dear Mr. Wesley, do you expect to see dear Mr. Whitefield in heaven?'

        "A lengthy pause followed, after which John Wesley replied with great seriousness, 'No, madam.' "His inquirer at once exclaimed, 'Ah, I was afraid you would say so.'

        "To which John Wesley added, with intense earnestness, ' Do not misunderstand me, madam; George Whitefield was so bright a star in the firmament of God's glory, and will stand so near the throne, that one like me, who am less than the least, will never catch a glimpse of him.'"
        New-Protestant Reformation ~ Dec 2009 - ____

        I'm a Christian. An Evangelical, Reformed, Independent Fundamental Baptist; a New Calvinist...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bruisermiller View Post
          "One day, after Whitefield's decease, John Wesley was timidly approached by one of the godly band of Christian sisters who had been brought under his influences and who loved both Whitefield and himself:

          "' Dear Mr. Wesley, may I ask you a question?'

          "' Yes, of course, madam, by all means.'

          "' But, dear Mr. Wesley, I am very much afraid what the answer will be.'

          "' Well, madam, let me hear your question, and then you will know my reply.'

          "At last, after not a little hesitation, the inquirer tremblingly asked, ' Dear Mr. Wesley, do you expect to see dear Mr. Whitefield in heaven?'

          "A lengthy pause followed, after which John Wesley replied with great seriousness, 'No, madam.' "His inquirer at once exclaimed, 'Ah, I was afraid you would say so.'

          "To which John Wesley added, with intense earnestness, ' Do not misunderstand me, madam; George Whitefield was so bright a star in the firmament of God's glory, and will stand so near the throne, that one like me, who am less than the least, will never catch a glimpse of him.'"
          Hi Bruiser,
          Would you happen to have a source reference?
          I'd like to read more of what you offer here.

          Thanks again, Nic
          1Co 1:30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
          1Co 1:31 so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nic View Post
            Hi Bruiser,
            Would you happen to have a source reference?
            I'd like to read more of what you offer here.

            Thanks again, Nic
            You can google the quote, it's pretty well known. Although I've heard it the other way around: Whitefield being asked about whether he would see Wesley in the hereafter.
            Wesleyan-Holiness, Church of the Nazarene

            It is time the Church Jesus Christ overcame the disjunctions created by the 16th-century Reformation... ++William Greathouse

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            • #7
              Originally posted by martureo View Post
              You can google the quote, it's pretty well known. Although I've heard it the other way around: Whitefield being asked about whether he would see Wesley in the hereafter.
              Well thank you, that's interesting that it can be had just as well in the reverse, perhaps it's more legend or rumor than an actual quote.

              I will see what I can find, thanks again.

              By his graces, Nic
              1Co 1:30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
              1Co 1:31 so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

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              • #8
                “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”

                “Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.”

                “Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.”

                AMEN!!!
                "...forgetting what lies behind and reaching foward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." - The Apostle Paul

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hoohaa View Post
                  John Wesley said many things that have stood the test of time. Wesley's love of God and his neighbor shows through his sermons which we have all chosen to embrace as Methodists. Though all of his sermons have lines that are full of meaning, let's share some personal favorites...here are a couple of mine:

                  “Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.”

                  “We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”

                  “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.”

                  Let's hear some of yours!
                  "The right and true Christian faith is" (to go on the words of our
                  own Church), "not only to believe that Holy Scripture and the Articles
                  of our Faith are true, but also to have a sure trust and confidence
                  to be saved from everlasting damnation by Christ. It is a sure trust
                  and confidence which a man hath in God, that, by the merits
                  of Christ, his sins are forgiven, and he reconciled to the favour
                  of God; whereof doth follow a loving heart, to obey his commandments."
                  From Wesley's sermon The Almost Christian

                  JohnR

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