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Presentation on theme: “Westlandia  Summary: Wesley dreams of a civilization that’s all his own where he can escape his own boring neighborhood. Will planting special seeds.”— Presentation transcript:

2 Westlandia  Summary: Wesley dreams of a civilization that’s all his own where he can escape his own boring neighborhood. Will planting special seeds make his dream a reality?  Reading Goal: Problem and Solution  Team Cooperation Goal: Active Listening

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6. Now this it is certain a man may want, although he can truly say, I am chaste, I am sober, I am just in my dealings, I help my neighbour and use the ordinances Page 283 of God. And however such a man may have behaved in these respects, he is not to think well of his own state, till he experiences something within himself, which he has not yet experienced, but which he may be before-hand, assured he shall, if the promises of God are true. That something is, a living faith: A sure trust and con∣fidence in God, that by the merits of Christ his sins are forgiven, and he reconciled to the favour of God. And from this will spring many other things, which till then he experienced not; as, the love of God shed abroad in his heart, the peace of God which passeth all understanding, and joy in the Holy Ghost, joy though not unfelt, yet unspeakable and full of glory.

Thursd. 18. I endeavoured to cut them off from all false supports and vain dependencies, by explaining and applying that fundamental truth, To him that work∣eth not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted to him for righteousness.

Having frequently been invited to Wells, particu∣larly by Mr. —, who begged me to make his house my home, on Thursday the 9th I went thither, and wrote him word the night before; upon which he pre∣sently went to one of his friends, and desired a messenger might be sent to meet me and beg me “To turn back, otherwise (said he) we shall lose all our trade.” But this consideration did not weigh with him, so that he invited me to his own house: and at eleven I preach∣ed in his ground, on Christ our wisdom, righteousness, sanc∣tification, and redemption, to about 2000 persons. Some of them mocked at first, whom I reproved before all; and those of them who stayed were more serious. Page 286 Several spoke to me after, who were for the present much affected. O let it not pass away as the morn∣ing dew!

JOURNAL From Aug. 12, 1738, to Nov. 1, 1739.

Frid. 15. I had much talk with one who is called a quaker. But he could not receive my saying. I was too strict for him, and talked of such a perfection, as he could not think necessary: being persuaded, there was no harm in costly apparel, provided it was plain and grave: Nor in putting scarlet or gold upon our houses, so it were not upon our clothes.

22. These are a part of my reasous for chusing to abide as yet in the station wherein I now 〈◊〉 . As to the flock committed to your care, whom you have many years fed with the sincere milk of the word, I trust in God, your labour shall not be in vain. Some of them you have seen gathered into the garner. And for yourself, I doubt not, when your warfare is accom∣plished, when you are made perfect thro’ sufferings, you shall follow the children whom God hath given you, full of years and victories. And he that took care of those poor sheep before you was born, will not for∣get them when you are dead.

I dare not say I am a new creature in this respect. For other desires often arise in my heart. But they do not reign. I put them all under my feet through Christ which strengtheneth me. Therefore I believe he is creating me anew in this also, and that he has be∣gun, though not finished, his work.

17. Notwithstanding therefore their present preju∣dice in my savour, I cannot see that I am likely to do that good either at Epworth or any other place, which Page 240 I may hope to do in Oxford. And yet one terr ••• objection lies in the way. “Have you found it so i • fact? What have you done there in fourteen years! Have not your very attempts to do good there, for want either of a particular turn of mind for the busi∣ness you engaged in, or of prudence to direct you 〈◊〉 the right method of doing it, been always unsuccess∣ful? Nay, and brought such contempt upon you as has in some measure disqualified you for any future success? And are there not men in Oxford, who are not only better and holier than you, but who having I reserved their reputation, and being universally e∣steemed, are every way sitter to promote the glory of God in that place?”

I think twenty-nine, in all, had their heaviness turned into joy, this day.