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  • « How theology affects our view of "revival" | Main | Book Review: The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones »

    A day in the life of George Whitefield

    This extract is taken from pages 226-227 of George Whitefield's Journals

    Sunday, March 4, 1739 - Age 24

    Rose much refreshed in spirit and gave my early attendants a warm exhortation as usual. Went to Newgate and preached with power to an exceedingly thronged congregation. Then hastened to Hanham Mount, three miles from the city, where the miners live altogether. God favoured us in the weather. Over four thousand were ready to hear me and God enabled me to preach with the demonstration of the Spirit.

    The ground not being high enough, I stood upon a table and the sight of the people covering the green fields, and their deep attention, please me much. I hope that same Lord, who fed so many thousands with bodily bread, will feed all their souls with the Bread which cometh down from Heaven, for many came from far.

    At four in the afternoon, I went to the mount on Rose Green and preached to over fourteen thousand souls. God was so good to allow all to be able to hear me. I think it was worth while to come many miles to see such a sight. I spoke with great freedom, but thought all the while, as I do continually, when I ascend the mount, that hereafter I shall suffer, as well as speak, for my Master's sake. Lord, strengthen me for that hour. Lord, I believe (O help my unbelief!) that Thy grace will be more sufficient for me.

    In the evening I expounded at Baldwin Street Society, but could not get up to the room without the utmost difficulty, as the entry and court were much filled with people. Blessed be God, the number of hearers much increases and as my day is, so is my strength. Tonight I returned home much more refreshed in joy and longed to be dissolved and to be with Jesus Christ. This has been a sabbath indeed to my soul!

    Posted by John Samson on February 2, 2008 07:09 PM

    Comments

    Wow, what a day!

    Juan

    Juan,

    yes, and just think what George would have done with a dsl high speed internet connection laptop computer uplinked to a satellite and a blackberry and forbidden to watch any T.V.?

    wow, what a minute and what an hour of power that would have unleashed on the world!

    Come to think about it, we have them now and I don't sense much more power or influence in these days!

    Ah, forget what I said, it still remains with God to change the hearts of men!

    Whitefield is a great guy, an inspiration to us all. The one failing I see in him is how he allowed Wesley to high-jack his ministry in Europe. Because Whitefield was trying to be too mice, we have been saddled with blatant Arminianism. Check out: http://thekingdomcome.com/inconsequential_ideology

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