The Spirit Of Bondage And Of Adoption: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (9 of 44) by James Hargreaves

The Spirit Of Bondage And Of Adoption: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (9 of 44)

byJames Hargreaves, John Wesley

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The Spirit Of Bondage And Of Adoption is the ninth message in Wesley's 'Forty-Four Sermons'. The text for this sermon is Romans 8:15; 'You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba Father.”

In this sermon, Wesley describes three states in which humanity can be; the state of 'Natural Man', which is state of false peace due to blindness to the things of God, the state of being 'Under Law', in which the fear of God is learned, and the final state of being 'Under Grace', in which love for God is learned. He also examines the role which sincerity or insincerity can play in these conditions.

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 Spirit Of Bondage And Of Adoption: John Wesley's Sermon In Today's English (9 of 44)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 30, 2014Publisher:Hargreaves PublishingLanguage:English

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