Aldersgate Day

20150518-2Actually, I missed this one because it was yesterday, but Aldersgate day was yesterday.  In case you are wondering what it is, I’ve included part of the Wikipedia entry below:

From Wikipedia:

Aldersgate Day is a holiday celebrated by Methodists on May 24 to commemorate the day in 1738 when Anglican priest John Wesley attended a group meeting in Aldersgate, London, where he received an experience of assurance of his salvation.[2][3] This was the pivotal event in Wesley’s life that ultimately led to the development of the Methodist movement in Britain and America.[4]

In the calendars of the British Methodist Church and United Methodist Church the event is publicly commemorated in church serviceson the nearest Sunday to May 24, called Aldersgate Sunday.[5][6]

The “Aldersgate experience”

According to his journal,[7] Wesley found that his enthusiastic gospel message had been rejected by his Anglican brothers. Heavy-hearted, he reluctantly attended a group meeting that evening in a Moravian chapel on Aldersgate Street in London.[8] It was there, while someone was reading from Martin Luther‘s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans, that he felt that his heart was “strangely warmed.”[7] He describes it as:

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.[2][7]

Daniel L. Burnett called this event Wesley’s “Evangelical Conversion”, even though he was already a priest.[4] In 1739 Wesley broke with the Moravians and founded a new society, which would become the Methodist movement.

I’ve included another link from Seedbed – are you worn out?  Here are three things that we can learn from the founder of Methodism, John Wesley – A Strangely Warmed Preacher.


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