Wesleyan Lectionary: Two sermons on new birth

John Wesley wrote two sermons on new birth that were based on verses from this week’s gospel reading: John 3:1-17.

The Marks of the New Birth

The New Birth

The second sermon ends with what I consider to be John Wesley’s version of the Sinner’s Prayer.

“Lord, add this to all thy blessings, — let me be born again! Deny whatever thou pleasest, but deny not this; let me be ‘born from above!’ Take away whatsoever seemeth thee good, — reputation, fortune, friends, health, — only give me this, to be born of the Spirit, to be received among the children of God! Let me be born, ‘not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever;’ and then let be daily ‘grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!'”

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