28 Facts About John Wesley

1. At the age of five, John Wesley was rescued from the burning rectory.

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2. John Wesley was one of the founders of the Methodist church.

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3. John Wesley sought combat with Willow and didn't consider alternatives, the prosecutor said.

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4. In 2002, John Wesley was listed at number 50 on the BBC's list of the 100 Greatest Britons, drawn from a poll of the British public.

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5. John Wesley continues to be the primary theological influence on Methodists and Methodist-heritage groups the world over; the largest bodies being the United Methodist Church, the Methodist Church of Great Britain and the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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6. John Wesley wrote on divine physics, such as in Desideratum, subtitled Electricity made Plain and Useful by a Lover of Mankind and of Common Sense.

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7. John Wesley adapted the Book of Common Prayer for use by American Methodists.

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8. John Wesley was a logical thinker and expressed himself clearly, concisely and forcefully in writing.

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9. John Wesley warned against the dangers of alcohol abuse in his famous sermon, The Use of Money, and in his letter to an alcoholic.

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10. John Wesley travelled widely, generally on horseback, preaching two or three times each day.

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11. For instance, in 1769, John Wesley allowed Crosby to give exhortations.

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12. John Wesley influenced George Whitefield to journey to the colonies, spurring the transatlantic debate on slavery.

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13. John Wesley published a pamphlet on slavery, titled Thoughts Upon Slavery, in 1774.

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14. John Wesley entered controversies as he tried to enlarge church practice.

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15. John Wesley contended that a part of the theological method would involve experiential faith.

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16. John Wesley intended that Coke and Francis Asbury should ordain others in the newly founded Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States.

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17. John Wesley ordained Thomas Coke as superintendent of Methodists in the United States by the laying on of hands, although Coke was already a priest in the Church of England.

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18. John Wesley has links to the Derbyshire town of Chapel-en-le-frith, where he visited four times between 1740 and 1786.

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19. John Wesley had strong links with the North West of England, visiting Manchester on at least fifteen occasions between 1733 and 1790.

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20. John Wesley laid the foundations of what now constitutes the organisation of the Methodist Church.

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21. John Wesley had helped them organise the Fetter Lane Society, and those converted by his preaching and that of his brother and Whitefield had become members of their bands.

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22. Late in 1739 John Wesley broke with the Moravians in London.

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23. John Wesley was unhappy about the idea of field preaching as he believed Anglican liturgy had much to offer in its practice.

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24. John Wesley hesitated to accept Whitefield's call to copy this bold step.

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25. John Wesley allied himself with the Moravian society in Fetter Lane.

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26. John Wesley was influenced by their deep faith and spirituality rooted in pietism.

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27. John Wesley began to seek after holiness of heart and life.

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28. John Wesley married Susanna, the twenty-fifth child of Samuel Annesley, a dissenting minister, in 1689.

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