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More about Wesley’s Aldersgate experience

January 04, 2016

John Wesley wrote in his diary on May 24, 1738, “I went reluctantly to a prayer meeting in a house on Aldersgate Street.” It was a German prayer meeting in London. He continued, “There at quarter till nine while someone was reading from Martin Luther’s preface to the Book of Romans about the change that happens in the human heart through faith in Christ. I felt my heart strangely warmed and that I trusted Christ and Christ alone for my salvation…”

What was read at that prayer meeting which meant so much to John Wesley? Perhaps it was this passage:

“Faith, however, is a divine work in us which changes us 
and makes us to be born anew of God, John 1 (12-13).
It kills the old Adam and makes us altogether different men,
in heart and spirit and mind and powers; and it brings with it
the Holy Spirit.”

His Aldersgate experience meant so much to John Wesley that he immediately reviewed his entire spiritual journey in the light of this new insight. It was the fulfillment of a long quest. After Aldersgate John Wesley’s life was set on fire to serve God and save souls.

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