Sermon Notes

The Means of Grace
Sermon 1872 Edition

John Wesley Sermon Project General Editors: Ryan N. Danker and George Lyons
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Malachai 3:7 “You are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.”

Wesley asked in this sermon, “But, are there any ordinances now, since life and immortality were brought to light by the gospel? Are there any means ordained of God, as the usual channels of his grace?”

John Wesley proposed that Christ ordained three certain outward means for conveying his grace into the souls of men. These are the channels of God’s grace:

1. Prayer
2. Searching the Scriptures
3. Receiving the Lord’s Supper

Wesley proposed that God gave direction in the ‘oracles of God’ (that is, the Holy Writ or Scripture) for all who desire and wait for the grace of God for salvation using the text from Matthew 7:7-8.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Wesley preached that the Lord directs us to use these means and promised in Luke 11:13 to give good gifts to God’s children. …”If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (King James Version)

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