George Whitefield was born in Gloucester in 1714. At eighteen he entered Pembroke College, Oxford, and soon became a member of a religious group that included John Wesley and Charles Wesley. The group became became known as the Holy Club or the Oxford Methodists.
In 1735 John Wesley and Charles Wesley became missionaries in Georgia, America. Whitefield followed three years later and was appointed minister at Savannah. Whitefield and Wesley returned to England and settled in Bristol and gave sermons in the open-air. However, whereas Wesley built a Methodist Chapel in Bristol Whitefield decided to go back to Georgia where he made extensive preaching tours.
When he returned to England, the Countess of Huntington appointed him her chaplain and built and endowed many chapels for him. He made seven evangelistic visits to America and spent the rest of his life in preaching tours of Britain.
Whitefield made the last of his seven evangelistic visits to America in 1769. George Whitefield died near Boston in 1770.
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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 indignation; how ought we thereby to be deterred from evil, or at least engaged to study to repent thereo ...read
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, in one of his epistles, informs us, that "whatsoever was written aforetime was written for our ...read
An Exhortation to the People of God not to be discouraged in their Way.
Hebrews 4:9, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God."
An Exhortation to the People of God not to be discouraged in their Way, by the Scoffs and Contempt of wicked Men.
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 ...read
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 gave him a short, but withal a glorious and exalted character, "That we went about doing good." H ...read
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 ind ...read
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 ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of any man living, fully to conceive, the near ...read
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 Moses, which consisted of troublesome and painful ceremonies; neither do they carry with them that ...read
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 name and show, but little of it in the heart and conversation; indeed, if going to church, and ...read
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 they may not be sinful, or so much as seem to be so. It is true, the devil is tempting us conti ...read
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. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory ...read
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 for him." Chap. 64:4. Could a world lying in the wicked one, be really convinced of this, they wo ...read
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, if not most of them, would be hearers only, and not doers of the word; he spake to them by a p ...read
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, not out of curiosity, but from a sincere desire to know and do your duty. To enter His house ...read
Intercession, every Christian'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 Christian world, we shall find it, in a great measure, owing to a neglect or superficial perfo ...read
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, are fully convinced, that it is appointed for all men once to die, and that ye all really belie ...read
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 Holy Ghost by imposition of hands at confirmation? Others think, these disciples had been alre ...read
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 some, who dissent from, nay, I may add, by others also, who actually are friends to the present e ...read
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 sacred writ, "that he who runs may read;" nay though it is the very hinge on which the salvation of ...read