John Wesley and the Aldersgate Experience in kiwiconnexion

John Wesley and the Aldersgate Experience in kiwiconnexion

Hi, I’m David Bell. Welcome to this episode of Through the Year
with John Wesley from #kiwiconnexion Today we celebrate the heart-warming experience
of Aldersgate Street. It’s a show-stopper for Methodism world-wide. On 24 May, 1738, in John Wesley’s own words, “In the evening I went very unwillingly
to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to
the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God
works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone,
for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had
taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death. Unquote. And so Methodists every year, usually on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of May, pause
to reflect on Wesley’s Aldersgate experience. Yet here’s the strangest thing. After that, he hardly ever mentions it. Instead he lives it. He doesn’t preach at folk to repeat his experience. Instead he encourages each and everyone to
experience Christ in their own personal, unique way. And thus he can say, well our opinions differ,
but if your heart is right with God give me your hand. His brother Charles had a similar experience
just three days before John’s. The two brothers, who had already journeyed
far and wide, now set out on a new adventure of Christian
life and witness. It was to shape not just the church but history
itself. You can learn more about this in the next
video, Through the Year with John Wesley, an overview.

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