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A Note From

Pastor Louie Gallo:

 

 


  

ALDERSGATE  EXPERIENCE

Know Your Methodist Heritage

By Pastor Louie

 

            These photos are of the tablets       

 indicating the dates of conversion of

 Charles and John Wesley.  In his journal

 written on January 24, 1738, John Wesley

 wrote, “I WENT TO AMERICA TO

    CONVERT THE INDIANS; but oh!

        WHO SHALL CONVERT ME?”  

On May 21, 1738, Charles, then suffering from a serious illness, experienced conversion. Three days later, that same experience came to John.  At the age of 34, John Wesley attended an evening worship service at       Aldersgate Street in London which moved him deeply.  In his journal, Wesley described his “Aldersgate            experience:” John found himself crying out, Lord, help my unbelief! However, he felt dull within and little motivated even to pray for his own salvation. On this day, May 24, 1738, at age 34, he opened his Bible at about five in the morning and came across these words, “There are given unto us exceeding great and precious                 promises, even that ye should partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)”.  That evening he attended a meeting at Aldersgate Street, London. Someone read from Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to Romans. About 8:45pm “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.” As time went on, John Wesley was powerfully used by the Lord to reform England. His Methodist movement became a national force. John rode as many as 20,000 miles a year preaching as only a man filled with the Holy Spirit can preach, telling the Gospel to all who would listen. Wherever he preached, lives changed and manners and morals altered for            the better.

In the United Methodist Church, we call this experience of John Wesley on May 24, 1738, his                      Aldersgate experience or his heartwarming experience. In the Biblical parlance, it is called the born-again experience. This experience determined John Wesley’s idea of how conversion should take place. He believed that a person should be able to tell the exact circumstances and the time and place of his conversion. This became the rule of the Methodist Society he founded in Bristol in 1739.  John Wesley made it clear that only converted persons should belong to the Methodist society. The new converts were expected to go out and convert other  people. To the converts, Wesley issued society tickets that should be renewed quarterly. This was Wesley’s          simple way of weeding out members whose conversion proved to have been temporary or not genuine at all. 

May is the month for all Wesleyan Methodists to remember the Aldersgate experience of John Wesley.       In the Philippines, the “Aldersgate Movement” in the United Methodist Church is a very powerful ministry                  reminding all United Methodists to make a personal spiritual inventory and see where they are in their                relationship with Jesus. I believe that the Lord has sent me and Beng here to this church to remind you of your “ALDERSGATE EXPERIENCE”.  How is it with your soul? How is your personal relationship with Jesus?          Remember the words of Jesus in John 3:3 when Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

 

  The Good Lord bless us all!

 

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