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Wesley's influence

John Wesley (June 28, 1703-March 2, 1791) is credited, along with his brother Charles, as founding the Methodist movement, which began as a highly successful evangelical movement in the United Kingdom and the United States.

John Wesley continues to be the primary theological interpreter for the United Methodist Church, the Methodist Church of Great Britain and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Wesleyan teachings also serve as a basis for the Holiness Movement, which includes denominations like the Wesleyan Church, the Free Methodist Church, the Church of the Nazarene, the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and several smaller groups. Pentecostalism, parts of the Charismatic Movement and neo-Charismatic churches are also offshoots of Wesleyan theology. A logical thinker who expressed himself clearly, concisely and forcefully, Wesley's sermons are characterized by spiritual earnestness and simplicity. His sermons and his work Notes on the New Testament (1755) are doctrinal standards for the United Methodist Church.

More information is also available on John Wesley, his brother Charles Wesley, and their times.

Sermon Library

Sermon: A talk on a religious or moral subject, especially one given during a church service and based on a passage from the Bible.

cross and flame United Methodist symbol John Wesley's sermons

Following are links to Wesley's sermons in the order of their delivery (per the numbering of sermons from the 1872 edition of Wesley’s published sermons edited by Thomas Jackson), and the biblical text used for them. The United Methodist Church has John Wesley sermons on-line. (Note: This link is the alphabetized title index to 141 sermons; the links below are to the specific sermon.)

Sermon title Order of delivery Scripture reference
Salvation by Faith 1 Ephesians 2:8
The Almost Christian 2 Acts 26:28
Awake, Thou That Sleepest 3 Ephesians 5:14
Scriptural Christianity 4 Acts 4:31
Justification by Faith 5 Romans 4:5
The Righteousness of Faith 6 Romans 10:5-8
The Way to the Kingdom 7 Mark 1:15
The First Fruits of the Spirit 8 Romans 8:1
The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption 9 Romans 8:15
The Witness of the Spirit (I) 10 Romans 8:16
The Witness of the Spirit (II) 11 Romans 8:16
The Witness of Our Own Spirit 12 2 Corinthians 1:12
On Sin in Believers 13 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Repentance of Believers 14 Mark 1:15
The Great Assize 15 Romans 14:10
The Means of Grace 16 Malachi 3:7
The Circumcision of the Heart 17 Romans 2:29
The Marks of the New Birth 18 John 3:8
The Great Privilege of Those that are Born of God 19 1 John 3:9
The Lord Our Righteousness 20 Jeremiah 23:6
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 1 21 Matthew 5:1-4
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 2 22 Matthew 5:5-7
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 3 23 Matthew 5:8-12
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 4 24 Matthew 5:13-16
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 5 25 Matthew 5:17-20
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 6 26 Matthew 6:1-15
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 7 27 Matthew 6:16-18
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 8 28 Matthew 6:19-23
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 9 29 Matthew 6:24-34
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 10 30 Matthew 7:1-12
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 11 31 Matthew 7:13-14
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 12 32 Matthew 7:15-20
Upon Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, 13 33 Matthew 7:21-27
The Original, Nature, Property and Use of the Law 34 Romans 7:12
The Law Established through Faith, 1 35 Romans 3:31
The Law Established through Faith, 2 36 Romans 3:31
The Nature of Enthusiasm 37 Acts 26:24
A Caution Against Bigotry 38 Mark 9:38-39
Catholic Spirit 39 2 Kings 10:15
Christian Perfection 40 Philippians 3:12
Wandering Thoughts 41 2 Corinthians 10:5
Satan’s Devices 42 2 Corinthians 2:11
The Scripture Way of Salvations 43 Ephesians 2:8s
Original Sin 44 Genesis 6:5
The New Birth 45 John 3:7
The Wilderness State 46 John 16:22
Heaviness Through Manifold Temptations 47 1 Peter 1:6
Self-Denial 48 Luke 9:23
The Cure of Evil Speaking 49 Matthew 18:15-17
The Use of Money 50 Luke 16:9
The Good Steward 51 Luke 16:2
The Reformation of Manners 52 Psalm 94:16
On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield 53 Numbers 23:10
On Eternity 54 Psalm 90:2
On the Trinity 55 1 John 5:7
God’s Approbation of His Work 56 Genesis 1:31
On the Fall of Man 57 Genesis 3:19
On Predestination 58 Romans 8:29-30
God’s Love to Fallen Man 59 Romans 5:15
The General Deliverance 60 Romans 8:19-22
The Mystery of Iniquity 61 2 Thessalonians 2:7
The End of Christ’s Coming 62 1 John 3:8
The General Spread of the Gospel 63 Isaiah 11:9
The New Creation 64 Revelation 21:5
The Duty of Reproving our Neighbor 65 Leviticus 19:17
The Signs of the Times 66 Matthew 16:3
On Divine Providence 67 Luke 12:7
The Wisdom of God’s Counsels 68 Romans 11:33
The Imperfection of Human Knowledge 69 1 Corinthians 13:9
The Case of Reason Impartially Considered 70 1 Corinthians 14:20
Of Good Angels 71 Hebrews 1:14
Of Evil Angels 72 Ephesians 6:12
Of Hell 73 Mark 9:48
Of the Church 74 Ephesians 4:1-6
On Schism 75 1 Corinthians 12:25
On Perfection 76 Hebrews 6:1
Spiritual Worship 77 1 John 5:20
Spiritual Idolatry 78 1 John 5:21
On Dissipation 79 1 Corinthians 7:35
On Friendship with the World 80 James 4:4
In What Sense We Are to Leave the World 81 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
On Temptation 82 1 Corinthians 10:13
On Patience 83 James 1:4
The Important Question 84 Matthew 16:26
On Working Out Our Own Salvation 85 Philippians 2:12-13
A Call to Backsliders 86 Psalm 77:7-8
The Danger of Riches 87 1 Timothy 6:9
On Dress 88 1 Peter 3:3-4
The More Excellent Way 89 1 Corinthians 12:31
An Israelite Indeed 90 John 1:47
On Charity 91 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
On Zeal 92 Galatians 4:18
On Redeeming the Time 93 Ephesians 5:16
On Family Religion 94 Joshua 24:15
On the Education of Children 95 Proverbs 22:6
On Obedience to Parents 96 Colossians 3:20
On Obedience to Pastors 97 Hebrews 13:17
On Visiting the Sick 98 Matthew 25:36
The Reward of the Righteous 99 Matthew 25:34
On Pleasing All Men 100 Romans 15:2
The Duty of Constant Communion 101 Luke 22:19
Of Former Times 102 Ecclesiastes 7:10
What is Man? 103 Psalm 8:3-4
On Attending the Church Service 104 1 Samuel 2:17
On Conscience 105 2 Corinthians 1:12
On Faith 106 Hebrews 11:6
On God’s Vineyard 107 Isaiah 5:4
On Riches 108 Matthew 19:24
What is Man? 109 Psalm 8:4
On the Discoveries of Faith 110 Hebrews 11:1
On the Omnipresence of God 111 Jeremiah 23:24
The Rich Man and Lazarus 112 Luke 16:31
The Difference Between Walking by Sight and Walking by Faith 113 2 Corinthians 5:7
The Unity of the Divine Being 114 Mark 12:32
The Ministerial Office 115 Hebrews 5:4
Causes of the Inefficacy of Christianity 116 Jeremiah 8:22
On Knowing Christ After the Flesh 117 2 Corinthians 5:16
On a Single Eye 118 Matthew 6:22-23
On Worldly Folly 119 Luke 12:20
On the Wedding Garment 120 Matthew 22:12
Human Life a Dream 121 Psalm 73:20
On Faith 122 Hebrews 11:1
The Deceitfulness of the Human Heart 123 Jeremiah 17:9
The Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels 124 2 Corinthians 9:7
On Living Without God 125 Ephesians 2:12
On the Danger of Increasing Riches 126 Psalm 62:10
The Trouble and Rest of Good Men 127 Job 3:17
Free Grace 128 Romans 8:32
The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes 129 Psalm 46:8
National Sins and Miseries 130 2 Samuel 24:17
The Late Work of God in North America 131 Ezekiel 1:16
On Laying the Foundation of the New Chapel, Near the City-Road, London 132 Numbers 23:23
On the Death of the Rev. Mr. John Fletcher 133 Psalm 37:37
True Christianity Defended 134 Isaiah 1:21
On Mourning the Dead 135 2 Samuel 12:23
On Corrupting the Word of God 136 2 Corinthians 2:17
On the Resurrection of the Dead 137 1 Corinthians 15:35
On Grieving the Holy Spirit 138 Ephesians 4:30
On Love 139 1 Corinthians 13:3
On Public Diversions 140 Amos 3:6
On the Holy Spirit 141 2 Corinthians 3:17