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Wesley and the Pentecostals

2 Steven J. Land, Pentecostal Spirituality, p. 35.

3 Larry Wood, The Meaning of Pentecost in Early Methodism: Rediscovering John Fletcher as Wesley’s Vindicator and Designated Successor (Scarecrow Press, 2003), p. 9.

4 Ibid, See chapter 5: “Wesley’s Authorized Interpreter and Designated Successor,” pp. 75-94.

5 Wood, p. 10.

6 Wood, p. 68.

7 Vinson Synan, The Holiness Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. E. Eerdmans publishing Co., 1997), p. 15.

8 Henry H. Knight III says that the holiness message and an emphasis on the Holy Spirit are major points of continuity between Phoebe Palmer and Charles Finney and both Wesley and Pentecostals. “From Aldersgate to Azusa: Wesley and the Renewal of Pentecostal Spirituality.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 8 (April, 1996), pp. 82-98.

9 Charles Finney states in his Lectures on Revivals of Religion (Virginia Beach, VA: 700 Club Press, 1978), p. 108.

10 Editor’s Note: For more information about how issues of racism were real in this period of N. American history and how early Pentecostalism reckoned with these issues, see “Across the Lines: Charles Parham’s Contribution to the Inter-Racial Character of Early Pentecostalism” by Eddie L. Hyatt in Pneuma Review 7:4 (Fall 2004).

11 S.E. Parham, The Life of Charles F. Parham: Founder of the Apostolic Faith Movement (Joplin, MO: Hunter Printing Co., 1930), p. 52.

12 Steven Land, Pentecostal Spirituality, p.49.

This article is Chapter 11, “Wesley and the Pentecostals” from Rediscovering John Wesley (Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2004) by Winfield Bevins. Used by permission of the author.


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About the Author: The Rev. Dr. Winfield H. Bevins serves as the Director of Asbury Seminary’s Church Planting Initiative. He is also the Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas and an adjunct professor at Trinity School for Ministry. He is the author of Plant: A Sower’s Guide to Church Planting (Seedbed, 2016), Rediscovering John Wesley (Pathway Press, 2005), Our Common Prayer: A Field Guide to the Book of Common Prayer (Simeon Press, 2013), Creed: Connect to the Basic Essentials of Historic Christian Faith (NavPress, 2011), and Grow at Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Family Discipleship (Seedbed, 2016). Amazon Author Page Facebook Twitter: @winfieldbevins

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