26. John and Charles Wesley

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. John R. Tyson

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch26

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Tyson, J. R. (2011) John and Charles Wesley, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch26

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. United Theological Seminary (Dayton), USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778



  • John and Charles Wesley, first encountering - Pauline Scripture texts in their home, the Anglican manse of Epworth, England;
  • The Oxford Methodists, earning other nicknames - “Bible maggots” or “Bible moths”;
  • The Early Sermons, John Wesley preparing and preaching sermons - ordained in 1725;
  • Paul, Martin Luther and the Wesleys' conversions - The Moravian missionary Peter Böhler, becoming John's spiritual director;
  • revival Sermons - Sermons of John Wesley;
  • understanding of Christian perfection - a kind of Christian maturity, enabling one to live a life of victory over outward and inward sin;
  • Sermons of Charles Wesley - Charles Wesley, well enough to abandon his sickbed, witnessing to his friends about his newly found doctrine;
  • The sermon, all the more audacious - written to be preached “before the University at Oxford”;
  • Charles Wesley's hymns - and The Wesleyan hymns, in the context of the Methodist revival;
  • John and Charles Wesley - deeply affected by Pauline Scripture texts


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Early Sermons

  • Paul, Martin Luther, and the Wesleys' Conversions

  • Revival Sermons

  • Charles Wesley's Hymns

  • Conclusion

  • References