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2/10/2019 Awake Thou that Sleepest

by Deanna DeBruin

Revival: Awake Thou That Sleepest” Romans 13:11-12 We’ve been using the term “revival” to describe what the Wesleys were leading—a revival of Christianity in the 18th and 19th century. They themselves often used a different term: they were seeking to awaken people from their spiritual sleep. Wesley frequently used the term “awakened” for those who […]

2/3/2019 Perfected in Love

by Deanna DeBruin

Perfected in Love James 2:14-18 Who then is a Methodist? In the words of John Wesley, himself, A Methodist is one who has “the love of God shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost given unto him;” one who “loves the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, […]

1/27/2019 Pursuing Grace

by Deanna DeBruin

Revival: Pursuing Grace Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God […]

1/20/2019 A Crisis of Faith

by Deanna DeBruin

Sermon Reflection Revival: A Crisis in Faith Romans 4:3-5 & 5:1-2 Last week we left Wesley with the desire to be an altogether Christian. He hoped to glorify God in everything he did, to be holy in his thoughts, words and deeds. He got up early to pray. He fasted two days a week. He […]

1/13/2019 A Longing for Holiness

by Deanna DeBruin

A Longing for Holiness 1st Peter 1:13-16 and James 1:22-27 Society in the 1700’s was polarized. Rationalism had led people to believe they no longer needed God. The rich struggled with materialism and the poor with lack of necessities. Into this world a priest and Oxford professor named John Wesley came to trust in Christ […]

1/6/2019 Precursors to Revival

by Deanna DeBruin

Who Was John Wesley? John Wesley was born in 1703 in Epworth, England, the 15th child of Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna Wesley. His father was a graduate of the University of Oxford and a Church of England rector. In 1689 Samuel had married Susanna, the 25th child of Samuel Annesley, a Dissenting minister. […]