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 more especially in private, to caution his disciples against seeking great things for themselve ...read
Preached before the Governor and Council, and the House of Assembly, in Georgia
January 28, 1770.
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 agent, and his sacred Spirit bloweth when and where it listeth, surely he ma ...read
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 apostles followed in preaching Jesus Christ! The success and divine authority of their discourses ...read
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 much as named among the Gentiles, in taking his father's wife; but either on account of his wealth ...read
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 Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution." And therefore it is very remarkable, that our blessed Lord ...read
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!
Numberless marks does man bear in his soul, that he is fallen and estranged from God; but nothing gi ...read
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 defense before Festus a Gentile governor, and king Agrippa. Our blessed Lord had long since fo ...read
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 recommend it to the choice of every considerate person, and make, even wicked men, as they wish to d ...read
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 his behavior there. Though it was a season of recess from public labor, our Lord brought the sen ...read
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 said to be the free gift of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Not only free, because God is ...read
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 if we would know whence all the errors, that have over-spread the church of Christ, first aros ...read
The Eternity of Hell-Torments. (Matt. 25:46)
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, as you seemed to give an uncommon attention to it in public, and afterwards expressed your satisfaction in it to me, when I came to visit you in your own houses, I ...read
The Extent and Reasonableness 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 kingdom was not of this world; that his doctrine was a doctrine of the cross; and that their p ...read
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 notice taken of them; neither are their ways displeasing to their companions and carnal relations ...read
The Folly and Danger of parting with Christ for the Pleasures and Profits of Life
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, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little fait ...read
The Good Shepherd [A Farewell Sermon] (John 10:27-28)
A Farewell Sermon (The last sermon which Whitefield preached in London, on Wednesday, August 30th, 1769, before his final departure to America.)
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 com ...read
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, that none of those men which were bidden, shall taste of my supper."
Though here is a large a ...read
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 seldom commiserate their condition so much as to relieve them according to our abilities; but unl ...read
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 verse immediately preceding the text, comes to draw a proper inference from what he had been delive ...read
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, and, in all probability, worshipped the God Baccbus also; at the celebration of whose festivals, ...read