Select Sermons of George Whitfield With an Account of His Life by J.C. Ryle (Whitefield)

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‘What can be more profitable, next to the Bible itself, than to read something of the life of such a man as George Whitefield and to read his own words? The famous essay by Bishop Ryle is certainly the best short account of Whitefield that has ever been done, and it is good that it should be thus reprinted. At the same time this volume provides samples of the great preacher’s sermons. It is a judicious and representative selection.’ — D.M. LLOYD-JONES

Whitefield was not only the greatest preacher and orator of the eighteenth century, he was also one of its most saintly characters, if not the saintliest of all. Certainly there was no more humble or lovable man amongst them. What can be more profitable, next to the Bible itself, than to read something of the life of such a man and to read his own words!


Table of Contents: 

  J. C. Ryle   
I: Whitefield’s Birth-place and Parentage-Educated at Gloucester Grammar School – Enters Pembroke College, Oxford – Season of Spiritual Conflict – Books which were made useful to him – Ordained by Bishop Benson – First Sermon – Preaches in London – Curate of Dummer, Hants – Goes to America – Returns in a Year – Preaches in the open air – Is excluded from most London Pulpits-Extent of his Labours for thirty-one years – Dies at Newbury Port. America, in 1770 – Interesting circumstances of his Death 11
II: Estimate of good that Whitefield did – Testimonies to his direct Usefulness – Indirect good that he did – Peculiar character of his Preaching – Witnesses to his real power as a Preacher – Simplicity, Directness, Power of Description, Earnestness, Pathos, Action, Voice, and Fluency, his leading Excellencies – Inner Life, Humility, Love to Christ, Laboriousness, Self-denial, Disinterestedness, Cheerfulness, Catholicity – Conclusion 27
  R. Elliot   
  The Method of Grace 75
  They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace. Jer.6.14  
  Christ the Believer’s Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption 96
  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. 1 Cor 1.30  
  The Lord our Righteousness 116
  The Lord our Righteousness. Jer 23.6  
  The Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent 139
  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 heel. Gen 3.15  
  Walking with God 162
  And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. Gen 5.24  
  The Good Shepherd-a Farewell Sermon 183
  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. John 10.27, 28



George Whitefield (1714-1770) was an 18th Century Evangelist in England and the American colonies.