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Sermons on Several Occasions, Vol. 2

by John Wesley With Commentary by William Abraham, Editor



ISBN: 9781945935848




ISBN: 9781945935848


Vol. 2 Sermons 16–28

The Methodist handbook of spiritual directionWith helpful notes and reflection questions for readers, William J. Abraham offers John Wesley’s 44 sermons in an easy-to-read format. Abraham reminds us that John Wesley was first and foremost a spiritual director—a theologian of the Christian life. Wesley designated these 44 sermons as one of the doctrinal standards for the Methodist people. They represent the core of his teaching and remain the critical standard for much of global Methodism and are meant to help us grow in faith, hope, and love. Thus, the first fifteen sermons(volume 1)develop the theme of becoming a Christian; the second thirteen (volume 2)deal with being a Christian; and the last sixteen(volume 3)deal with staying a Christian.

In three volumes, volume one works through crucial concepts and experiences the beginner needs to understand and undergo; and they clearly delineate holiness (love for God and neighbor) as the goal of the spiritual life. Volume two provides an exposition of the Sermon on the Mount and thus provides a summation on what the genuine Christian life is in reality. Volume three deals with a network of issues that Christians characteristically face as they continue on their journey. The topics covered include such matters as the place of law in the Christian life, how to avoid bigotry, how to handle misunderstandings of the goal of the Christian life, what to do with spiritual depression, how to tackle self-indulgence as represented by the quest for pleasure, and love of gossip and money.

William J. Abraham, D.Phil. (Oxon.), is the Director of the Wesley House of Studies at Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA.

Wesley’s Foundery Books is an imprint of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. These books are clearly and accessibly written by Methodist/Wesleyan experts, with an emphasis on church life and ministry. Representing the rich diversity of the church, Wesley’s Foundery Books offer a disciplined and balanced approach.GHBEM Publishing is an affiliate member of the Association of University Presses.

As the leadership agency, the mission of General Board of Higher Education and Ministry is to build capacity for United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to discover, claim, and flourish in Christ’s calling in their lives, by creating connections and providing resources to aid in recruitment, education, professional development, and spiritual formation. GBHEM Publishing produces books that engage, nurture, and advocate for the intellectual life of The United Methodist Church.

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