Aldersgate Experience

Aldersgate Experience

Sunday nearest May 24
On the evening of May 24, 1738, John Wesley (1703-1791), co-founder of the Methodist Church, visited a house on Aldersgate Street, London, to join a group reading of Martin Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans . At about quarter to nine, just as they were reading Luther's description of the change that God works in man's heart, Wesley underwent a conversion experience. "I felt my heart strangely warmed," he says in his account of the evening. From that time until his death in 1791, Wesley considered it his mission in life to tell people about his experience and to invite them to share his beliefs. The anniversary of this event is commemorated by the Methodist Church on the Sunday nearest May 24.
SOURCES:
DaysCustFaith-1957, p. 127
EncyRel-1987, v. 15, p. 370
RelHolCal-2004, p. 96
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However, he describes Wesley's Aldersgate experience this way: "The context of the conversion was pietistic and presumably Moravian" (27, 29, emphasis mine).
There were still, however, many important embedded narratives of Wesley's own spiritual development, not least the account of his Aldersgate experience on May 24, 1738.
The Aldersgate experience of John Wesley, in which he found his heart strangely warmed, and the pentecostal joy of Charles Wesley in the night that prompted him to write the hymn "Free Grace," both reflected the joy that came after sorrow.