John Wesley’s ‘Aldersgate experience’

by Richard on May 24, 2010

On this day, 1738, John Wesley wrote in his journal:

In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.

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Rick O'DOnnell 05.25.10 at 1:05 am

I’ve always smiled at the “went very unwillingly” bit in this passage. How many of us (men in particular) have said, “Yes, dear, I’ll go with you” to church, to prayer group, to Sunday school…sighing inside while reluctantly leaving our ordinary pleasures to find, often much later on, that those ordinary pleasures pale in the light of what we find in spite of of ourselves. God bless the women who continue to drag men, oft unwillingly, to their salvation.

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Pam 05.25.10 at 2:23 am

Ah, the good old days of 1 Tim 2:11-15!

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dh 06.04.10 at 9:51 pm

Thank God that Wesley by his Faith in God received the drawing from God to Wesley to Himself.

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John Bernard 02.02.12 at 10:06 pm

I am sure in those days it was difficult to find a connection to God, as wars and conquering were all the rage. So for a man to be a true man in that time and expose his soul is remarkable.

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