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George Whitefield (1714 - 1770)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker George Whitefield in text and pdf format. Also known as George Whitfield, was an English Anglican preacher who helped spread the Great Awakening in Britain, and especially in the British North American colonies. He was one of the founders of Methodism and of the evangelical movement generally. He became perhaps the best-known preacher in Britain and America in the 18th century, and because he traveled through all of the American colonies and drew great crowds and media coverage, he was one of the most widely recognized public figures in colonial America.
Whitefield was an astounding preacher from the beginning. Though he was slender in build, he stormed in the pulpit as if he were a giant. Within a year it was said that "his voice startled England like a trumpet blast." At a time when London had a population of less than 700,000, he could hold spellbound 20,000 people at a time at Moorfields and Kennington Common. For thirty-four years his preaching resounded throughout England and America. In his preaching ministry he crossed the Atlantic thirteen times and became known as the 'apostle of the British empire.' He was a firm Calvinist in his theology yet unrivaled as an aggressive evangelist. Though a clergyman of the Church of England, he cooperated with and had a profound impact on people and churches of many traditions, including Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Baptists. Whitefield, along with the Wesleys, inspired the movement that became known as the Methodists. Whitefield preached more than 18,000 sermons in his lifetime, an average of 500 a year or ten a week. Many of them were given over and over again. Fewer than 90 have survived in any form.
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A Penitent Heart, the best New Year's Gift. (Luke 13:3)
Luke 13:3, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
When we consider how heinous and aggravating our offenses are, in the sight of a just and holy God, that they bring down his wrath upon our heads, and occasion us to live under his indignatio ... read more
Abraham's offering up his Son Isaac. (Gen 22:12)
Genesis 22:12 "And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him, for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy Son, thine only Son from me."
FULL TEXT: Genesis 22:1-12
The great Apostle Paul, ... read more
An Exhortation to the People of God not to be discouraged in their Way, by the Scoffs and Contempt of wicked Men. (Hebrews 4:9)
Hebrews 4:9, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God."
When we consider the persecutions they are exposed to, who live righteously and godly in this present world; it is amazing to consider, that the people of this generation should be s ... read more
Blind Bartimeus. (Mark 10:52)
Mark 10:52, "And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way."
When the apostle Peter was recommending Jesus of Nazareth, in one of his sermons to the Jews, he ga ... read more
Britain's Mercies, and Britain's Duty. Preached at Philadelphia, on Sunday, August 24, 1746. and occasioned by the Suppression of the late unnatural Rebellion. (Psalm 105:45)
Psalm 55:45 "That they might observe his statutes and keep his laws."
Men, brethren, and fathers, and all ye to whom I am about to preach the kingdom of God, I suppose you need not be informed, that being indispensably obliged to be absent on your late ... read more
Christ the Believer's Husband. (Isaiah 44:5)
Isaiah 54:5, "For thy Maker is thy Husband."
Although believers by nature, are far from God, and children of wrath, even as others, yet it is amazing to think how nigh they are brought to him again by the blood of Jesus Christ. Eye hath not seen, nor e ... read more
Christ the best Husband: or, an earnest Invitation to Young Women to come and see Christ. Preached to a Society of Young Women, in Fetter-Lane. (Psalm 45:10-11)
Psalm 14:10-11 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear: Forget also thine own people, and thy father's house: So shall the King greatly desire thy beauty, for he is thy Lord, and worship thou him.
This psalm is called the song of loves ... read more
Christ the only Preservative against a Reprobate Spirit. (2 Cor. 13:5)
2 Corinthians 13:5, "Know ye not your ownselves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be Reprobates."
The doctrines of the gospel are doctrines of peace, and they bring comfort to all who believe in them; they are not like the law given by Mose ... read more
Christ the only Rest for the Weary and Heavy Laden. (Matt. 11:28)
Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Nothing is more generally known than our duties which belong to Christianity; and yet, how amazing is it, nothing is less practiced? There is much of it in ... read more
Christ the Support of the Tempted. (Matt. 6:13)
Matthew 6:13, "Lead us not into temptation."
The great and important duty which is incumbent on Christians, is to guard against all appearance of evil; to watch against the first risings in the heart to evil; and to have a guard upon our actions, that ... read more
Christ's Transfiguration. (Luke 9:28-36)
Luke 9:28-36, "And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment [was] white [and] glistering. ... read more
Christ, the Believer's Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption. (1 Cor. 1:30)
1 Corinthians 1:30, "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption."
Of all the verses in the book of God, this which I have now read to you, is, I believe, one of the most ... read more
Christians, Temples of the living God. (2 Cor. 6:16)
2 Corinthians 6:16, "Ye are the Temple of the living God."
Isaiah, speaking of the glory of gospel days, said, "Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth fo ... read more
Directions how to hear Sermons. (Luke 8:18)
Luke 8:18, "Take heed, therefore, how ye hear."
The occasion of our Lord's giving this caution, was this: Perceiving that much people were gathered together to hear him out of every city, and knowing (for he is God, and knoweth all things) that many, ... read more
George Whitefield Quotes
Thus was the King and the Lord of glory judged by man's judgment, when manifest in flesh: far be it from any of his ministers to expect better treatment.
Too many, through want of prudence, are golden apprentices, silver journeymen, and copper master ... read more
How to Listen to a Sermon
Keys for getting the most out of what the preacher says
Jesus said, "Therefore consider carefully how you listen" (Luke 8:18). Here are some cautions and directions, in order to help you hear sermons with profit and advantage.
1. Come to hear them ... read more
Intercession, every Chritian's Duty. (1 Thess. 5:25)
1 Thessalonians 5:25, "Brethren, pray for us."
If we inquire, why there is so little love to be found amongst Christians, why the very characteristic, by which every one should know that we are disciples of the holy Jesus, is almost banished out of the ... read more
Marks of a true Conversion
Matthew 18:3, "Verily, I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
I suppose I may take it for granted, that all of you, among whom I am now about to preach the kingdom of God, ... read more
Marks of having received the Holy Ghost. (Acts 19:2)
Acts 19:2, "Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?"
Two different significations have been given of these words. Some have supposed, that the question here put, is, Whether these disciples, whom St. Paul found at Ephesus, had received the ... read more
Of Justification by Christ. (1 Cor. 6:11)
1 Corinthians 6:11, "But ye are justified"
The whole verse is: "And such were some of you; but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God."
It has been objected by so ... read more
On Regeneration. (2 Cor. 5:17)
2 Corinthians 5:17, "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature."
The doctrine of our regeneration, or new birth in Christ Jesus, though one of the most fundamental doctrines of our holy religion; though so plainly and often pressed on us in sacre ... read more
Persecution every Christian's Lot. (2 Tim. 3:12)
2 Timothy 3:12, "Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution."
When our Lord was pleased to take upon himself the form of a servant, and to go about preaching the kingdom of God; he took all opportunities in public, and ... read more
Preached before the Governor and Council, and the House of Assembly, in Georgia, on January 28, 1770. (Zech. 4:10)
Zech. 4:10, "For who hath despised the Day of small things?"
Men, brethren, and fathers, at sundry times and in diverse manners, God spake to the fathers by the prophets, before he spoke to us in these last days by his Son. And as God is a sovereign ag ... read more
Repentance and Conversion
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19, KJV).
It is a pity that modern preachers do not pay more attention to the method that the apos ... read more
Satan's Devices. (1 Cor. 2:11)
2 Corinthians 2:11, "Lest Satan should get an advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his devices."
The occasion of these words was as follows: In the church of Corinth there was an unhappy person, who had committed such incest, as was not so m ... read more
Saul's Conversion. (Acts 9:22)
Acts 9:22, "But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ."
It is an undoubted truth, however paradoxical it may seem to natural men, that "whosoever will live godly in Chri ... read more
Thankfulness for Mercies received, a necessary Duty. (Psalm 107:30-31)
Psalm 108:30-31 "Then art they glad, because they are at rest, and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness, and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
Numbe ... read more
The Almost Christian. (Acts 26:28)
Acts 26:28, "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."
The chapter, out of which the text is taken, contains an admirable account which the great St. Paul gave of his wonderful conversion from Judaism to Christianity, when he was called to make his ... read more
The Benefits of an early Piety. (Eccles 12:1)
Eccelesiastes 12:1, "Remember now thy Creator in the Days of thy Youth."
The amiableness of religion in itself, and the innumerable advantages that flow from it to society in general, as well as to each sincere professor in particular, cannot but recom ... read more
The Care of the Soul urged as the one thing needful. (Luke 10:42
Luke 10:42, "But one thing is needful."
It was the amiable character of our blessed Redeemer, that "he went about doing good," this great motive, which animated all his actions, brought him to the house of his friend Lazarus, at Bethany, and directed h ... read more
The Conversion of Zaccheus. (Luke 19:9-10)
Luke 19:9-10, "And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house; forasmuch as he also is the Son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Salvation, every where through the whole scripture, is ... read more
The Duty of searching the Scriptures. (John 5:39)
John 5:39, "Search the Scriptures."
When the Sadducees came to our blessed Lord, and put to him the question, "whose wife that woman should be in the next life, who had seven husbands in this," he told them "they erred, not knowing the scriptures." And ... read more
The Eternity of Hell-Torments. (Matt. 25:46)
Matthew 25:46 "These shall go away into everlasting punishment.
To the INHABITANTS of Savannah in Georgia.
My dear Friends,
Though the following sermon has been preached elsewhere, yet as the occasion of my preaching it among you was particular, ... read more
The Extent and Resaonableness of Self-Denial. (Luke 9:23)
Luke 9:23, "And he said unto them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself."
Whoever reads the gospel with a single eye, and sincere intentions, will find, that our blessed Lord took all opportunities of reminding his disciples that his ... read more
The Folly and Danger of not being righteous enough. (Eccles. 7:16)
Ecclesiastes 7:16, "Be not righteous overmuch, neither make thyself over-wise: why shouldst thou destroy thyself?"
Nothing is more frequent, than while people are living in a course of sin, and after the fashion and manner of the world, there is not no ... read more
The Folly and Danger of parting with Christ for the Pleasures and Profits of Life. (Matt. 8:23-34)
Matthew 8:23-34, And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to [him], and awoke him, sa ... read more
The Good Shepherd [A Farewell Sermon] (John 10:27-28)
John 10:27-28, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand."
It is a common, and I believe, generally speaking, my dear hearer ... read more
The Gospel Supper. (Luke 14:22-24)
Luke 14:22-24, "And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the high-ways, and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, t ... read more
The great Duty of Charity recommended. (1 Cor. 13:8)
1 Corinthians 13:8, "Charity never faileth."
Nothing is more valuable and commendable, and yet, not one duty is less practiced, than that of charity. We often pretend concern and pity for the misery and distress of our fellow-creatures, but yet we se ... read more
The great Duty of Family-Religion. (Joshua 24:15)
Joshua 24:15 "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
These words contain the holy resolution of pious Joshua, who having in a most moving, affectionate discourse recounted to the Israelites what great things God had done for them, in the vers ... read more
The heinous Sin of Drunkenness. (Ephesians 5:18)
Ephesians 5:18, "Be not drunk with Wine, wherein is Excess; but be filled with the Spirit."
The persons to whom these words were written, were the inhabitants of Ephesus, as we are told in the Acts, had been worshippers of the great goddess Diana, an ... read more
The Heinous Sin of profane Cursing and Swearing. (Matt. 5:34)
Matthew 5:34, "But I say unto you, Swear not at all."
Among the many heinous sins for which this nation is grown infamous, perhaps there is no one more crying, but withal more common, than the abominable custom of profane swearing and cursing. Our st ... read more
The Holy Spirit convincing the World of Sin, Righteousness, and Judgment. (John 16:8)
John 16:8, "And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment."
These words contain part of a gracious promise, which the blessed Jesus was pleased to make to his weeping and sorrowful disciples. The time wa ... read more
The Indwelling of the Spirit, the common Privilege of all Believers. (John 7:37-39)
John 7:37-39, "In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But ... read more
The Knowledge of Jesus Christ the best Knowledge. (1 Cor. 2:2)
1 Corinthians 2:2, "I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."
The persons to whom these words were written, were the members of the church of Corinth; who, as appears by the foregoing chapter, were not only ... read more
The Lord our Righteousness. (Jer. 23:6)
Jeremiah 23:6, "The Lord our Righteousness"
Whoever is acquainted with the nature of mankind in general, or the propensity of his own heart in particular, must acknowledge, that self-righteousness is the last idol that is rooted out of the heart: being ... read more
The Marriage of Cana (John 2:11)
John 2:11, "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him."
I have more than once had occasion to observe, that the chief end St. John had in view, when he wrote his gospel, w ... read more
The Method of Grace. (Jeremiah 6:14)
Jeremiah 6:14, "They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.
As God can send a nation or people no greater blessing than to give them faithful, sincere, and upright ministers, so th ... read more
The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society
Eccles. 4:9-12, "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe be to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie togeth ... read more
The Observation of the birth of Christ, the Duty of all Christians; or the true Way of keeping Christmas. (Matthew 1:21)
Matthew 1:21, "And she shall bring forth a Son, and then shalt call his Name Jesus: For he shall save his People from their Sins."
The celebration of the birth of Christ hath been esteemed a duty by most who profess Christianity. When we consider the c ... read more