Thursday, 12 May 2016

John Wesley's Aldersgate Experience - the strangest thing!

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." 

 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.