“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can” John Wesley (1703-1791)
John Wesley is not just a well-known preacher, but also reverence among the great league of impactful and great church leaders and revivalist. He is known to be the founder of the Methodist a charismatic denomination in the Christian faith. While most people know a lot about this charismatic and profoundly successful hero of faith, some little details about him still elude most Christian and even members of the methodic church.
Here are some details you might find interesting.
- John Wesley was born on the 28th of June 1703 in Epworth, England, to the family of Samuel and Susanna Wesley.
- He was the fifteenth child of the nineteen children of his parents. One of his sibling, Charles Wesley, founded the Holy Club, a club that John Wesley once belonged to, before he co-founded the Methodist church with Charles Wesley.
- When he was five, he miraculously escaped a fire incident at his church parish house, this incident left an indelible impression in his life. Wesley described this event with a quote from Zechariah 3:2, “a brand plucked out of fire”
- Wesley entered Christ Church in oxford in1720, where he bagged his Bachelor of Arts degree and also his Master in Arts degree.
- John Wesley was influence by the German Moravians who were on their way to preach to native Indians of America. He noticed how calm they were in the face of travails and tempest, during their journey to the colony of savannah, Georgia.
- His last statement, which he repeated to his family and those around him before he died was “Farewell, Farewell… the best of all is, God is with us” he was entombed at his chapel on City Road, London. He died on the 2nd of March, 1791 at the age of 87.
- John Wesley was listed as the 50th greatest Briton in the BBC’s poll of the 100 greatest Britons in history.
- He has about 400 published and edited works to his name. He wrote on a wide range of topics including theology, marriage, music, abolitionism, etc. He also have literary works to his credit. His “Forty-Four Sermons” and the “Notes on the Testament” form the basis of the Methodist doctrine
- Wesley’s house, chapel which he built in 1778 and personal effects are still intact in City Road London.
- Numerous institutions, schools, hospitals and other institutions are named after this charismatic church leader. The Wesleyan University in Connecticut, United States, was the first institution of higher learning named after John Wesley.
His words “give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergy men or laymen; such alone will shake the gate of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth” would always inspire the people of good to sat a new standard and goals for the advancement of the kingdom.