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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
  10          STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.

All these things have the Methodist Preacher done, and to-day the
concensus of all the country is, that they will part with many things,
before they will give up the true Itinerant.  But to do all this it has
required men with the spirit of the Master, who were the true followers
of Paul, Luther, Wesley, Coke, Asbury, McKindre, Allen, Rush,
Quinn, Ward and a host of others whose names  are legion.  We
will now consider the origin and development of Methodism--What
does it mean ? Where did it come from? What is its duty? And
what is it doing for mankind?
     The term "Methodist" was first applied to the Wesley's and
their associates in 1729.  The "Holy Club" at Oxford, of which
Charles Wesley, then twenty-one years of age, was the founder, was
composed of but four members, viz., Mr. John Wesley, who was fellow of
Lincoln College; Mr. Charles Wesley. student of Christ Church; Mr.
Morgan Commoner, of Christ Church, the son of an Irish gentleman,
and Mr. Kirkham, of Merton College. They were all young, earnest
students and sympathetic religious inquirers.
    They met four evenings a week for reading the Greek Testament
and the Ancient Classics, and on Sunday evenings for studying divinity.
Their rigid adherance to method in their religious habits led to the ap-
propriation to them by outsiders of the name "Methodists." The
reference to them under this appellation was made in jest by a fellow
student.
     Charles Wesley dated his conversion on May 21, 1738; John's
conversion took place three days later, viz., May 24, 1738. The first
class meeting was held in Bristol on Thursday evening, April 4, 1739;
the first division of Methodist Society into classes was made at
Bristol, February 15, 1742.
     The first Methodist United Society was organized by Mr. John
Wesley,in London,in the latter end of the year of 1736, and consisted
of eight or ten persons. One hundred years from that date the
British Conference celebrated the Centennial Anniversary of Wesleyan
Methodism, the special Thanksgiving service being held by direction
of the Conference on Friday, October 25, 1839.
    Mr. Wesley's first sermon in the Old Foundry, London, after its
being regularly opened as a place for public worship, was preached




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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