Justification By Faith: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (5 of 44) by James Hargreaves

Justification By Faith: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (5 of 44)

byJames Hargreaves, John Wesley

Kobo ebook | November 20, 2013

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Justification By Faith is the fifth message from Wesley's 'Forty-Four Sermons'. The text for this sermon is Romans 4:5;‘People are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.’

While the message of this sermon is similar to Sermon 1: Salvation By Faith, Wesley here approaches the subject from the angle of the Biblical word 'Justification', discussing the question from a different perspective, whilst always pointing his hearers back to the inability of humanity to ever be 'good enough', and the therefore central role of faith in receiving the grace of God.

John Wesley led one of the greatest Christian revivals in the history of England, and his open air preaching saw many thousands of conversions all across Great Britain. The ‘Forty-Four Sermons’ which he compiled for use by Methodist Local Preachers remains a timeless classic, and a definitive collection of core Wesleyan doctrine, along with his Notes on the New Testament. 

Forty-Four Sermons was first published in 1759, over 250 years ago, and since then the English language has changed and evolved to the point that his works can no longer be easily read and understood in their original dialect. Therefore to preserve Wesley’s message and to allow it to come to life for a new generation, this project has been undertaken. 

The sermons are translated sentence by sentence, carefully and prayerfully. The aim has been to communicate both word-for-word and thought-for-thought, choosing clarity of communication in simple English over archaic sentence structure where necessary, and preferring the original word order when there is no difference.

Wesley used the King James Bible in his original sermons, whereas to remain consistent with the word-for-word and thought-for-thought method used in these translations, the New International Version and New Living Translation have been used instead. The complete original sermon is also included. Each sermon will be translated and published in order, from 1 to 44, and when the series is completed, they will be published as one volume.

Title:Justification By Faith: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (5 of 44)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 20, 2013Publisher:Hargreaves PublishingLanguage:English

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