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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.
The Pharisee and the Publican. (Luke 18:14)
Luke 18:14, "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: For every one that exalteth himself, shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted."
Though there be some who dare to deny the Lord Jesus, and d ... read more
The Potter and the Clay. (Jer. 18:1-6)
Jeremiah 18:1-6, "The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the ... read more
The Power of Christ's Resurrection. (Philip. 3:10)
Philippians 3:10, "That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection."
The apostle, in the verses before the text, had been cautioning the Philippians to "beware of the concision," Judaizing teachers, who endeavored to subvert them from the simp ... read more
The Resurrection of Lazarus. (John 11:43-44)
John 11:43-44, "And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let hi ... read more
The Rightousness of Christ an everlasting Righteousness. (Dan. 9:24)
Daniel 9:24,"And to bring everlasting Righteousness"
On reading these words, I cannot help addressing you in the language of the angels to the poor shepherds, who kept watch over their flocks by night, "Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy," s ... read more
The Seed of the Woman, and the Seed of the Serpent. (Gen. 3:15)
Genesis 3:15 And I will put Enmity between thee and the Woman, and between thy Seed and her Seed, it shall bruise thy Head, and thou shalt bruise his Head.
On reading to you these words, I may address you in the language of the holy angels to the sheph ... read more
The Temptation of Christ. (Matt. 4:1-11)
Matthew 4:1-11, Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, com ... read more
The wise and foolish Virgins. (Matt. 25:13)
Matthew 25:13 "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man cometh."
(Text is actually Matt. 25:1-13)
The apostle Paul, in his epistle to the Hebrews, informs us, "That it is appointed for all men once to die; af ... read more
Walking with God. (Gen 5:24)
Genesis 5:24, "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him."
Various are the pleas and arguments which men of corrupt minds frequently urge against yielding obedience to the just and holy commands of God. But, perhaps, one of the most c ... read more
What think ye of Christ? (Matt. 22:42)
Matthew 22:42, "What think ye of Christ?"
When it pleased the eternal Son of God to tabernacle among us, and preach the glad tidings of salvation to a fallen world, different opinions were entertained by different parties concerning him. As to his pers ... read more
why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
Ecclesiastes 7:16, "Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?"
To all the Members of Christ's Holy Church.
Dear Fellow Christians,
The great, and indeed the only motive which prompted me to ... read more
Worldly Business no Plea for the Neglect of Religion. (Matt. 8:22)
Matthew 8:22, "Let the dead bury their dead."
St. Paul preaching at Athens, tells them, that as he passed by and beheld their devotions, he perceived they were in all things too superstitious. But was this apostle to rise, can come publishing the glad ... read more