On this date, April 4, 1742, Charles Wesley preached his famous sermon, “Awake, thou that sleepest.” His audience was the University of Oxford and the text he used was Ephesians 5:14 which says”Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”

It was later printed and distributed as a tract and would become Methodism’s most popular tract.

Here is a quote from Charles Wesley’s sermon.

“Awake, thou everlasting spirit, out of thy dream of worldly happiness! Did not God create thee for himself Then thou canst not rest till thou restest in him. Return, thou wanderer! Fly back to thy ark, This is not thy home. Think not of building tabernacles here. Thou art but a stranger, a sojourner upon earth; a creature of a day, but just launching out into an unchangeable state. Make haste. Eternity is at hand. Eternity depends on this moment. An eternity of happiness, or an eternity of misery!”

Awake, thou that sleepest

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