Tomorrow is my birthday. I mention it for a couple of reasons. First, I’m not planning on celebrating any more birthdays after this one. Second, last night I actually got to go out on a date. This is unfortunately not a frequent occurrence in our house. After a nice dinner and a little bit of window shopping, we headed downtown for a movie premiere!
Yes, you read that right. I don’t live in California but I went to a movie premier last night. Wesley is the story of John Wesley’s early ministry. It was filmed here using a lot of local actors (hence the location of the premiere). The lead was played by Burgess Jenkins, who happens to be a friend of my husband. (Well actually my husband is better friends with his older brother, but why quibble?)
I confess, I was a bit skeptical about how good this independent, low-budget film could turn out. I was pleasantly surprised. The script was good, the story interesting, and the acting, while not Oscar-winning, was WAY above what I’ve seen in many of the Christian films. (I’m not trying to be cruel, but I’ve found some of them painful to watch.)
And most exciting was the message that the film conveyed. John Wesley was an Anglican priest who had no understanding of the gospel. He was working hard to earn his salvation, but he had no assurance of his own salvation. It was a failed missionary journey to Georgia, meeting with the Moravians, and other influences that led him to true faith in Christ and an understanding that justification is by faith in Christ, not our works.
After seeing the movie, I am very interested in learning more about John Wesley’s life and ministry. I know that I will have disagreements with some of his theology, but I think that there may be fewer than I previously thought. I’ll try to mention any good resources for studying John and Charles Wesley that I discover.