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Episode 45: John Wesley- The Origins of Methodism

Adam Ramdin
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Today the Methodist church spans the globe, yet its birth was unintentional and its roots go back to a Bible study group at Oxford University. However some would say its roots go back even further, to the Wesley brothers’ godly upbringing in Epworth, England.

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Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA

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  • November 22, 2017
    8:00 AM
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John Wesley was born in seventeen zero three just before the industrial revolution took place during a time when England was a firmly Anglican country he was born in the small village in the law of England where his father served as the rector of this here is the family home where he would have grown up and spent his childhood. His mother born nineteen children in total and the most famous of the others was Charles Wesley both of the parents were spiritual people and ran the whole according to strict rules no eating in between meals and once a week they had an interview with their mother for the purpose of spiritual instruction. John and his brother Charles came here to study up to university for the enrolled at Christ College many of the great movements of this world have been born at universities and although he did not know it at the time John Wesley was about to be part of this phenomenon he graduated from Christ College with a bachelor's and then with a Masters before he was elected a fellow at Lincoln college where he was given his own room and a salary his room can still be seen today preserved as he left it he left for about a year or so to go back to everywhere at the request of his father before returning back here to University. It was on his return that he found his for the child had to. For the small club for the purpose of Bible study and in pursuit of Christian life each member took to lead holy lives pray daily take communion weekly and visit prisons regularly the group was incredibly practical preaching educate and relieving jail debtors where possible and caring for the sick they would fast every Wednesday and on each day they would meet from six to nine pm and the name that they were called was the holy club however this is not what they became known by seventeen thirty three an unknown author wrote in a powerfully and describe them in the Oxford Methodist and slowly just name began to stick it was also here that John Wesley path would cross with another man who would go on to have a huge impact George Whitfield. Feel graduated from Pembroke College and when he finished university rather than settle in a parish he immediately began preaching becoming an itinerant preacher and evangelist he travelled all over England in particular in Bristol where he spent some time with John Wesley and they both did open their preaching. Both the Wesley's and what Bill would spend time in America but with differing results in their ministries John Wesley went to Georgia but he did not go very well and he returned home to England George Whitfield travelled to America on seven different occasions had much success and was well liked he was involved in the great awakening that took place in the seventeen hundred a great religious revival and it's also remembered as one of the first that preached to those insulate. The roots of this. Movement Methodism go back to a small group Bible study with a handful of students on the universe. The campus Zachariah before the last ten says Do not despise the day of small things never underestimate the impact of a small movement with humble beginnings the Wesley's and Whitfield did not stop the holy club because they wanted to found a church or troubled the world but because they wanted to change their life and the lives of those around them I pray that you may seek to make a difference wherever you are we have a whole world all schools do not despise the day of small things.

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