The Sermons of George Whitefield

Two-Volume Set

By George Whitefield, Edited by Lee Gatiss


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The Sermons of George Whitefield

Two-Volume Set

By George Whitefield, Edited by Lee Gatiss

George Whitefield was the leading evangelical clergyman of the eighteenth century and one of the driving forces, humanly speaking, of revivals on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet until now, his sermons have been left as an untapped resource for today's church.

Editor Lee Gatiss has thus reproduced 57 sermons that were originally authorized to be published by Whitefield himself in the late 1700s, in addition to two sermons edited by Gillies for Whitefield's Works, and two more that are of great importance. Gatiss includes careful and extensive footnotes detailing the historical and theological background to Whitefield's preaching, which puts the man and his messages into context for a new generation of readers. The text has also been updated for the twenty-first century with modern grammar, spelling, and punctuation—revised in a manner that leaves Whitefield's distinct voice intact and coherent for today’s reader.

Finally, the powerful and passionate preaching that set the world on fire in the Great Awakening is available to all in this two-volume set.


George Whitefield

George Whitefield (1714–1770) was a leading evangelical clergyman of the eighteenth century and a primary catalyst of the First Great Awakening, preaching at least eighteen thousand sermons and twelve thousand talks and exhortations.


Lee Gatiss

Lee Gatiss (PhD, Cambridge University) is the director of Church Society, a lecturer in church history at Union School of Theology, and a research fellow of the Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He also serves as a member of the editorial board of Themelios and editor for the internet journal Theologian. Lee and his wife, Kerry, have three children.

Product Details

Category: Theology
Church Ministry
Format: Printed Caseside
Case Quantity: 10
Page Count: 976
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3245-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3245-0
Size: 5.75” x 8.0”
Weight: 47.3 ounces
Published: August 31, 2012

Table of Contents

1.  The Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent (Genesis 3:15)
2.  Walking with God (Genesis 5:24) 
3.  Abraham’s Offering up his Son Isaac (Genesis 22:12) 
4.  The Great Duty of Family Religion (Joshua 24:15) 
5.  Christ the Best Husband (Psalm 45:10-11) 
6.  Britain’s Mercies and Britain’s Duty (Psalm 105:45) 
7.  Thankfulness for Mercies Received, a Necessary Duty (Psalm 107:30-31)
8.  The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
9.  The Folly and Danger of Not Being Righteous Enough (Ecclesiastes 7:16)
10. A Preservative against Unsettled Notions (Ecclesiastes 7:16)
11. The Benefits of an Early Piety (Ecclesiastes 12:1) 
12. Christ the Believer’s Husband (Isaiah 44:5) 
13. The Potter and the Clay (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
14. The Lord our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6) 
15. The Righteousness of Christ an Everlasting Righteousness (Daniel 9:24)
16. The True Way of Keeping Christmas (Matthew 1:21)


“George Whitefield was undoubtedly one of the greatest preachers of the modern Christian era, yet today he remains strangely neglected, even among evangelical Christians. Lee Gatiss’s excellent edition of Whitefield’s sermons will alleviate some of this undeserved obscurity. Pastors, professors, and laypeople would all do well to reflect on these sermons, which more than any other earthly force helped stir the massive revivals of the Great Awakening.”
Thomas S. Kidd, Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University

“Lee Gatiss has done us a service—dusting off, tidying up, and re-presenting Whitefield’s electric preaching to a new age. Gatiss’s introduction to the sermons is worth the price of the volumes alone. My prayer is that these sermons will raise up, and stir up, a generation to preach with gospel fire. Amen and Amen.”
Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois; author, Journey to Joy: The Psalms of Ascent 

“George Whitefield has impacted my life and ministry more than I could ever measure. I could not be more excited about these sermons being back in print. One can only pray that the same Lord who used these sermons to shake the world so long ago will give us another Great Awakening through them. Whitefield’s own prayer for these sermons would surely accord with what he said when he gave the leadership of the Methodist movement to Wesley, 'Let the name of Whitefield perish, if only the name of Christ be glorified.’”
Jason C. Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis

“I have read some comments on the printed sermons of Whitefield that say these sermons don't translate well to the written medium. Well, I am sure it would have been amazing to hear him preach; but, given that, I find the written sermons to have an intrinsic fervor, power, clarity, and theological pungency that still leaps off the page into the conscience and affections in a gripping and edifying way. This publication is welcome; it will do us good and demonstrates once again that God’s truth transcends all generations and cultures and that God only rarely gives gifts to the church as transparently good as George Whitefield. Thanks to Lee Gatiss and thanks to Crossway.”
Tom J. Nettles, Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, By His Grace and for His Glory