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Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love (Theologians on the Christian Life)

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John Wesley was one of the most important figures behind the founding of modern evangelicalism. From playing a crucial role in the Great Awakening to inspiring a renewal movement within the Church of England, Wesley’s historical significance is undeniable and his legacy challenges us today regardless of our particular denominational affiliation or theological perspective. Offering an approachable introduction to his life and writings, Fred Sanders invites us to learn from Wesley’s reliance on the Spirit, passion for holiness, and zeal for the gospel in this winsome portrait of an extraordinary Christian leader.

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Key Features

  • Critically analyzes, quotes, and applies these four major Christian influences
  • Questions what the Christian life is supposed to look like
  • Challenges readers to live their convictions

Top Highlights

“Justification and regeneration must be distinguished from each other precisely so they can be held together; they must be understood to be different if they are to be recognized as inseparable. Justification, says Wesley, is a doctrine ‘relating to that great work which God does for us, in forgiving our sins,’ while regeneration relates to ‘the great work which God does in us, in renewing our fallen nature.’ Justification is for us, regeneration in us.” (Pages 77–78)

“Justification is the imputing of righteousness to the believer, and regeneration is the implanting of righteousness into that same believer.” (Page 79)

“He puts works in their place, completely locked out of justification, but constitutive of the response that the justified will make to grace.” (Page 157)

“He was possessed of one central truth, that man is justified by faith and perfected in love” (Page 15)

“He learned to judge everything on a sliding scale, comparing himself not to any objective standard, but to the people around him. ‘What I now hoped to be saved by,’ he reflected later, ‘was not being so bad as other people.” (Page 29)

Praise for the Print Edition

Fred Sanders feels the heartbeat of Wesleyan theology. His scholarship never lacks evangelical integrity or practical realism. Here is stimulating reading from a gifted teacher. Everyone who loves the gospel will resonate with the message of this book.

—Robert E. Coleman, Distinguished Senior Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Sanders offers a welcoming portrait of Wesley that is too even-handed and well substantiated to be his own fabrication. If the purpose of this series is to display the resources of the past for the present, then Wesley on the Christian Life is a home run.

Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

I recommend this book to all those ‘restless and Reformed’ brothers and sisters who need to understand this part of the church, as well as all those pastors and laity across the country who are longing for a guide to reintroduce Wesley to ‘the people called Methodist.

Timothy C. Tennent, president and professor of world Christianity, Asbury Theological Seminary

Readers are in for a treat here. Lively and thoughtful, appreciative but not uncritical, this book shows compellingly why even those who would not call themselves Wesleyan have a great deal to benefit from John Wesley.

—Michael Reeves, Theologian-at-Large, Wales Evangelical School of Theology

  • Title: Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love
  • Author: Fred Sanders
  • Series: Theologians on the Christian Life
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Wesley, John, 1703-1791
  • Resource ID: LLS:WSLYCHRSTNG2013
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-06-08T17:05:02Z

Fred Sanders (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is a systematic theologian and professor at the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. He is the author of several books, including Wesley on the Christian Life, The Deep Things of God, and Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective.


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