The Righteousness Of Faith: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (6 of 44) by James Hargreaves

The Righteousness Of Faith: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (6 of 44)

byJames Hargreaves, John Wesley

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The Righteousness Of Faith is the sixth message from Wesley's 'Forty-Four Sermons'. The text for this sermon is Romans 10:5-8; ‘Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (to bring Christ down to earth). And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead?’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach.’ 

In this sermon, Wesley contrasts the path to righteousness which was offered in the Old Testament, that is, through the Mosaic Law, with the righteousness which is made available in the New Testament, which is through faith. After detailing the origins and purpose of both dispensations, he then contrasts Law with Faith to show that righteousness through faith is far better.

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:The Righteousness Of Faith: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (6 of 44)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 21, 2013Publisher:Hargreaves PublishingLanguage:English

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