Francis Asbury and His Influence

“My desire is to live more to God today than yesterday, and to be more holy in this hour that the last.” This was one of the statements of Francis Asbury.

So, who is Francis Asbury?

A Methodist preacher in England, and a contemporary of John Wesley.
A minister who volunteered to travel to the American colonies to preach and never returned to England.
Lived from 1745 to 1816.
Was reported to be an extraordinary preacher.
For 32 years he led all the Methodists in America.
One of the first bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church, now the United Methodist Church, in USA.
Like Wesley, he preached in all kinds of settings, often outdooors, anywhere a crowd would assemble to hear him.
As an itinerant he rode horseback about 6,000 miles a year, preaching nearly every day.
As a Methodist he preached about the need of personal heart-felt conversion and also the deeper life of sanctification and holiness.
A godly man whose influence is still felt today.

Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, are named after him. (I am a graduate of the Seminary, class of 1968.)

The Francis Asbury Society also has its headquarters in Wilmore. The message of this society is as follows:
God created every man and woman to encounter him in such a radical way that our lives become totally, 100% surrendered to him, resulting in pure love towards him and towards others. Absolute surrender and obedience to Jesus Christ: we call it holiness.
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A statue of Asbury was erected in Washington, D.C., in 1921.

The statue is located on Mount Pleasant Street in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood in the northwest quadrant of the city. (The above photo is by Mr. T in DC’s Photostream.)

Note again the Asbury quote at the beginning of this blog. What is your overarching desire in life?

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