Consider this George Whitefield Sermon to Preach at Events

 

Here is another sermon/pamphlet by George Whitefield to consider preaching at Events.  The Indwelling of the Spirit, the common Privilege of all Believers was first preached on Whitsunday in 1739. Whitefield is convinced that people in his day believe that “most of what is contained in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, was design’d only for our Lord’s first and immediate Followers”…and “many now read the Life, Sufferings, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, in the same Manner as learned Men read Caesar’s Commentaries, or the Conquest of Alexander.” He is concerned how this has changed people’s thoughts on God’s Spirit. Whitefield writes, “for we no sooner mention the Necessity of our receiving the Holy Ghost…but we are look’d upon as…Madmen…represented as wilfully deceiving the established Constitution of the Church.” This sermon is laid out in four sections as transcribed below.


First, I shall briefly shew what is mean by the Word Spirit.
Secondly, I shall shew that this Spirit is the common Privilege of all Believers.
Thirdly, I shall shew the Reason on which the Doctrine is founded.
Lastly, I shall conclude with a general Exhortation, to believe on Jesus Christ, whereby alone we can be qualified to receive the Spirit.


This sermon/pamphlet is 24-pages long and measures 4 ¼ inches wide by 6 ½ inches tall.  It is stab bound with linen thread and printed on laid paper.  You may purchase this sermon/pamphlet for $9.95 from my Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

According to Frank Lambert in his recent book entitled “Inventing the Great Awakening”, the year 1739 was somewhat of a turning point for George Whitefield. Lambert explains: “During spring 1739, Whitefield pieced together his revival style, element by element. Upon returning to London from Georgia in December 1738, Whitefield had alienated many clergymen because of his attacks on their lassitude in preaching and practicing the gospel. Consequently, five pastors announced they would no longer allow him to preach in their pulpits. Forced from churches, he preached outdoors. The first occurrence was in Kingswood near Bristol, where he viewed the ‘poor colliers, who are very numerous…as sheep having no shepherd.’ ” (Lambert, p. 96) In fact, it was not out the norm for Whitefield to preach in a parish church on Sunday morning, and in the open fields on Sunday afternoon. And in fact, Mr. Whitefield followed the exact course of action on Whitsunday, 1739, (which according to our Book of Common Prayer, fell on June 10, of that year). Mr. Whitefield writes the following in his journal for June 10:

“Hasten’d back to Blendon, where more of our Brethren came last Night to see me.—Preached with more Power than ever, and assisted in administering the Sacrament to about 200 Communicants in Bexley Church.—Din’d, gave Thanks, and sung Hyms at Mr. Delamot’s.—Preached with great Power in the Evening on Blackheath, to above 20000 People, and collected sixteen Pounds seven Shillings for the Orphans.” Perhaps, it is not difficult to understand why Mr. Whitefield “Preached with more Power than ever”.

When considering the topic of his sermon. If Whitefield delivered this text with as much passion as it was written, then it doubtless had a strong effect on his audience. His aim seems to be two-fold: first and foremost, to show that his topic was correct Biblically, but secondly, to also show his listeners that his interpretation was not in conflict with the historic doctrines of the Church of England. To illustrate his second point, he quotes several examples from the Book of Common Prayer. On page 10 of his sermon, he says, “And to those, who are to be ordained Priests, the Bishop is to repeat these solemn Words, Receive thou the Holy Ghost, now committed unto thee, by the Imposition of our Hands—And yet, Oh that I had no Reason to speak it, many that use our Forms, and many that have witnessed this good Confession, yet dare talk and preach against the Necessity of receiving the Holy Ghost now, as well as formerly; and not only so, but cry out against those, who do insist upon it, as Madmen, Enthusiasts, Shismaticks {sic}, and Underminers of the Established Constitution.” Whitefield ends this sermon with at least four pages of a gospel invitation to be saved, and for “all to come to Jesus Christ by Faith.” He is indeed preaching in an established Anglican parish church and not in the open fields, but he does not come anywhere close to assuming that all his listeners are born-again Christians.


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