14th edition, printed by Paramore, London, 1791
Wesley preached this sermon shortly after his 'conversion experience', at St. Mary’s Church, Oxford, and before the University, on June 18, 1738. Its central message is summarised by the following extract: ‘It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no-one can boast.’ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The sermon was to form the first of forty-four sermons published by John Wesley in four volumes between 1746-60, but it also continued to be issued in pamphlet format individually. This version, the 14th edition, dates to 1791.