Below is a free library of resources for your journey. Use these resources in your devotional life, to engage the Wesleyan and Christian tradition, and as tools for strengthening your personal and communal faith and practice.
- “The Character of a Methodist” by John Wesley.
Arguably one of the most important pamphlets Wesley ever wrote. It speaks to the true nature of not only faithful Methodists, but of faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
- John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes on the Bible
It was Wesley’s hope that persons who did not have a formal theological education could use his Explanatory Notes as a resource for digging deeper into Holy Writ. This extensive work provides insight into Scripture–though it should be read with an eye toward context. John Wesley is commenting upon these texts from a specific time and place: though his observations are, more often than not, incredibly relevant for today.
- John Wesley’s Sermons on Several Occasions
These are the published sermons of Wesley, published by Wesley himself. They are considered as one of the Doctrinal Standards of the United Methodist Church. Wesley said of this work that “every serious [person] who peruses these, will therefore see, in the clearest manner, what these doctrines are which I embrace and teach as the essentials of true religion.”
The published Journal of John Wesley provided here is a condensed journal published so that Methodists might begin to know and understand the motivations and daily routine of their founder.
- A Short History of Methodism by John Wesley
- Advice to the People Called Methodists by John Wesley
- Preface to St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans by Martin Luther
John Wesley wrote on May 24, 1738, “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society of Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. 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.”
- The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
This book was transformational not only for John Wesley and the early Methodist movement, but for Christians throughout the past centuries. Wesley believed this work to be so important that he translated it for general use by his preachers.
Taylor’s Rules for Holy Living and Dying motivated Wesley to begin documenting his life in a journal. He did this to help account for his day so that his entire life might be in service to the Lord.
- A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law
Law deplores pious hypocrisy and corruption in the Church. It is this thought that heavily influences John and Charles Wesley in their work to help reform the Anglican Church of their time—and, perhaps, the United Methodist Church of our own time.
Adopted first by the 1996 General Conference, this document seeks to describe the United Methodist understanding of baptism.
Adopted first by the 2004 General Conference, this document seeks to describe the United Methodist understanding and practice of Holy Communion.