Scriptural Christianity: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (4 of 44) by James Hargreaves

Scriptural Christianity: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (4 of 44)

byJames Hargreaves, John Wesley

Kobo ebook | November 7, 2013

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Scriptural Christianity is the fourth message from Wesley's 'Forty-Four Sermons'. It was originally preached at St. Mary’s, Oxford, on August 24, 1744. The texts for this sermon are Ezekiel 33:4; ‘If anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head’ & Acts 4:31; ‘They were all filled with the Holy Spirit’.

In this sermon, Wesley traces the history of evangelism and the spread of Christianity as it passed from person to person, and eventually across the world. He also looks to the future, and 'The Fully Christian World To Come'. 

Apparently somewhat controversial when it was preached, this sermon is longer than others in the collection, and was originally published as a separate pamphlet, accompanied by the following note: “It was not my design, when I wrote, ever to print the latter part of the following sermon, but the false and slanderous versions of it that have been published all over the nation leave me no choice but to publish it in full, exactly as it was preached, so that thoughtful people can make up their own minds about it."

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:Scriptural Christianity: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (4 of 44)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 7, 2013Publisher:Hargreaves PublishingLanguage:English

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