A Sketch of the Life and Labors of George Whitefield by John Charles (J. C.) Ryle PDF

By John Charles (J. C.) Ryle

“A cartoon of the lifestyles and Labors of George Whitefield,” through J. C. Ryle, offers a cartoon of Whitefield’s instances, lifestyles, faith, preaching, and paintings. Whitefield used to be an English Anglican priest who helped unfold the nice Awakening in Britain, and particularly within the British North American colonies. He turned might be the best-known preacher in Britain and the United States within the 18th century, and, simply because he traveled via all the American colonies and drew nice crowds and media insurance, he was once essentially the most well known public figures in colonial the United States. The Anglican Church didn't assign him a pulpit, so he all started preaching in parks and fields in England on his personal, achieving out to those that in most cases didn't attend church. Like Jonathan Edwards, he built a method of preaching that elicited emotional responses from his audiences. yet Whitefield had aura, and his voice (which in response to many debts, may be heard over substantial distances), his small stature, or even his cross-eyed visual appeal (which a few humans took as a mark of divine want) all served to assist make him one of many first celebrities within the American colonies. due to frequent dissemination of print media, might be half all colonists finally heard approximately, examine, or learn anything written by way of Whitefield. He hired print systematically, sending develop males to place up broadsides and distribute handbills asserting his sermons. He additionally prepared to have his sermons released. He first took to preaching within the outdoor on Hanham Mount, Kingswood, in southeast Bristol the place a crowd of 20,000 humans collected to listen to him. Even greater crowds—Whitefield anticipated 30,000—met him in Cambuslang in 1742. Benjamin Franklin attended a revival assembly in Philadelphia and used to be tremendously inspired with Whitefield's skill to bring a message to any such huge team. it truly is envisioned that all through his existence, Whitefield preached greater than 18,000 formal sermons, of which seventy-eight were released.

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Time, at any rate, forbids me to dwell on it a moment longer. But surely I think I have shown enough to justify me in expressing a wish that we had many living ministers in the Church of England like George Whitefield. His Preaching The next part of the subject is one which I feel some difficulty in handling,—I allude to Whitefield's preaching. I find that this point is one on which much difference of opinion prevails. I find many are disposed to think that part of Whitefield's success is attributable to the novelty of gospel doctrines at the time when he preached, and part to the extraordinary gifts of voice and delivery with which he was endowed, and that the matter and style of his sermons were in no wise remarkable.

It awakened sympathies, and touched secret springs in men, which no amount of intellect could have moved. It melted down the prejudices which many had conceived against him. They could not hate the man who wept so much over their souls. They were often so affected as to shed floods of tears themselves. " Once become satisfied that a man loves you, and you will listen gladly to anything he has got to say. And this was just one grand secret of Whitefield's success. And now I will only ask you to add to this feeble sketch, that Whitefield's action was perfect—so perfect that Garrick, the famous actor, gave it unqualified praise—that his voice was as wonderful as his action—so powerful, that he could make thirty thousand people hear him at once; so musical and well-attuned, that men said he could raise tears by his pronunciation of the word "Mesopotamia:" that his fluency and command of extemporaneous language were of the highest order, prompting him always to use the right word and to put it in the right place.

He began to assist his mother in the public-house that she kept. " But God, who ordereth all things in heaven and earth, and called David from keeping sheep to be a king, had provided some better thing for Whitefield than the office of a pot-boy. Family disagreements interfered with his prospects at the Bell Inn. An old schoolfellow stirred up again within him the desire of going to the University. And at length, after several providential circumstances had smoothed the way, he was launched, at the age of eighteen, at Oxford, in a position at that time much more humbling than it is now, as a servitor at Pembroke College.

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