John Wesley (June 17, 1703 – March 2, 1791) was a Christian theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of Methodism. He helped to form and organize small Christian groups that developed personal accountability, discipleship and religious instruction. He also appointed itinerant evangelists to travel and preach like he did and to care for the small groups of people. Under Wesley’s direction, Methodists became leaders in many social issues of the day, including prison reform and abolitionism.
Throughout his life, Wesley remained within the established Anglican church, insisting that the Methodist movement lay well within its tradition. He became widely respected, and by the end of his life, had been described as “the best loved man in England”.
Wesley died on Wednesday March 2, 1791, in his eighty-eighth year. As he lay dying, his friends gathered around him, Wesley grasped their hands and said repeatedly, “Farewell, farewell.” At the end, summoning all his remaining strength, he cried out, “The best of all is, God is with us,” lifted his arms and raised his feeble voice again, repeating the words, “The best of all is, God is with us.”
To celebrate John Wesley’s birthday today, we highlight several titles. John Wesley’s Teachings, Complete 4 Volume Set, the Wesley Study Bible Notes, Parallel Commentary on the New Testament (Also by Charles Spurgeon and Matthew Henry), and Renew My Heart.
Thanks to our partners at the Wesley Center, we also have several other John Wesley Writings available for The Bible Study App.
Thanks to the Wesley Center Online and Wikipedia for the content of this post.