Empowering quotes from John Wesley, the iconic Anglican clergyman, evangelist, and co-founder of the Methodist movement in the Church of England.
1. What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.
2. The best thing of all is God is with us.
3. When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can, does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!
4. I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England.
5. Give me one hundred men who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergyman or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon the earth.
6. 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 the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.
7. It is no marvel that the devil does not love field preaching! Neither do I; I love a commodious room, a soft cushion, a handsome pulpit. But where is my zeal if I do not trample all these underfoot in order to save one more soul?
8. Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?
9. You have one business on earth – to save souls.
10. Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.
11. A man of one book, a student of many.
12. Suffer all, and conquer all.
13. I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship and the whole world for my mission field.
14. Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
15. Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.
16. We should be continually laboring to cut off all the useless things that surround us; and God usually retrenches the superfluities of our souls in the same proportion as we do those of our bodies.
17. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!
18. We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.
19. God grant that I may never live to be useless!
20. Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then give all you can.
21. Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.
22. The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
23. Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can.
24. Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. “Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.
25. Condemn no man for not thinking as you think. Let every one enjoy the full and free liberty of thinking for himself. Let every man use his own judgment, since every man must give an account of himself to God. Abhor every approach, in any kind or degree, to the spirit of persecution, if you cannot reason nor persuade a man into the truth, never attempt to force a man into it. If love will not compel him to come, leave him to God, the judge of all.
26. Prayer is where the action is.
27. When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.
28. Let your words be the genuine picture of your heart.
29. Give me 100 men that hate nothing but sin, and love Jesus Christ, and we’ll shake England for God.
30. Get all you can without hunting your soul, your body, or your neighbor. Save all you can, cutting off every needless expense. Give all you can. Be glad to give, and ready to distribute; laying up in store for yourselves a good foundation against the time to come, that you may attain eternal life.