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George Whitefield's Published Sermons

These are the sermons of George Whitefield that were published in his Works (1771) edited by John Gillies, additional sermons published just before his death and which he disowned (published in the early 1800s along with the sermons in the Works) and three sermons published in D Macfarlane's Revivals of the Eighteenth Century.

There are at least 25 further sermons that were published during his ministry but never subsequently published and which exist in their originally published forms in libraries around the world. The ones we know of are listed at If you know of any other sermons then we would be grateful for information regarding their location so that we can include them in our planned printed edition of Whitefield's Works.

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Sermons marked with an asterisk (*) were published from Whitefield's original manuscript.

SERMON I. The Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent.

Genesis 3:15. And I will put enmity between thee and the Woman, and between thy Seed and her Seed; it shall bruise thy Head thou shalt bruise his Heel.

SERMON II. Walking with God.

Genesis 5:24. And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

SERMON III. Abraham's offering up his Son Isaac.

Genesis 22:12. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him; for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me.

SERMON IV. The great Duty of Family-Religion.

Joshua 24:15. As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord.

SERMON V. Christ the best Husband: Or an earnest Invitation to Young Women to come and see Christ.

Preached to a Society of Young Women, in Fetter Lane.

Psalm 14:10,11. Hearken, O Daughter, and consider, and incline thine Ear: Forget also thine own People, and thy Father's House: So shall the King greatly desire thy Beauty; for he is thy Lord, and worship thou him.

SERMON VI. Britain's Mercies, and Britain's Duty.

Preached at Philadelphia, on Sunday, 24 August 1746, and occasioned by the Suppression of the late unnatural Rebellion.

Psalm 105:5. That they might observe his Statutes, and keep his Laws.

SERMON VII. Thankfulness for Mercies received, a necessary Duty.

A Farewell Sermon, preached on board the Whitaker, at Anchor near Savannah, in Georgia, Sunday, 17 May 1738.

Psalm 107:30,31. Then are they glad, because they are at rest, and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness, and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!

SERMON VIII. The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society.

Ecclesiastes 6:9,10,11,12. Two are better than One, because they have a good Reward for their Labour. For if they fall, the One will lift up his Fellow: But woe be to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if Two lie together, then they have heat; but how can One be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, Two shall withstand him; and a threefold Cord is not quickly broken.

SERMON IX. The Folly and Danger of being not righteous enough.

Ecclesiastes 7:16. Be not righteous over-much, neither make thyself over-wise; why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

SERMON X. A Preservative against unsettled Notions, and want of Principles in regard to Righteousness and Christian Perfection.

Being a more particular Answer to Doctor Trapp's Four Sermons upon the same Text.

Ecclesiastes 7:16. Be not righteous over-much, neither make thyself over-wise: Why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

SERMON XI. The Benefits of an Early Piety.

Preached at Bow Church, London, before the Religious Societies.

Ecclesiastes 12:1. Remember now thy Creator in the Days of thy Youth.

SERMON XII. Christ the Believer's Husband.

Isaiah 54:5. For thy Maker is thy Husband.

*SERMON XIII. The Potter and the Clay.

Jeremiah 18:1–6. The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hands of the potter, so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

SERMON XIV. The Lord our Righteousness.

Jeremiah 23:6. The Lord our Righteousness.

* SERMON XV. The Righteousness of Christ, and everlasting Righteousness

Daniel 9:24. And to bring in everlasting righteousness.

SERMON XVI. The Observation of the Birth of Christ, the Duty of all Christians; or the true Way of keeping Christmas.

Matthew 1:21. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his Name Jesus: For he shall save his People from their Sins.

* SERMON XVII. The Temptation of Christ.

Matthew 4:1-11. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, &c.

SERMON XVIII. The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing.

Matthew 5:34. But I say unto you, Swear not at all.

SERMON XIX. Christ the Support of the Tempted.

Matthew 6:13. Lead us not into Temptation.

SERMON XX. Worldly business no Plea for the Neglect of Religion.

Matthew 8:22. Let the dead bury their dead.

SERMON XXI. Christ the only Rest for the Weary and Heavy-Laden.

Matthew 11:28. Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

SERMON XXII. The Folly and Danger of Parting with Christ for the Pleasures and Profits of Life.

Matthew 8:23. to the end. And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. &c.

* SERMON XXIII. Marks of a true Conversion

Matthew 18:3. Verily, I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

SERMON XXIV. What think ye of Christ?

Matthew 22:42. What think ye of Christ?

SERMON XXV. The wise and foolish Virgins.

Matthew 25:13. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man cometh.

SERMON XXVI. The Eternity of Hell-Torments.

Matthew 25:46. These shall go away into everlasting punishment.

SERMON XXVII. Blind Bartimeus.

Mark 10:52. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

SERMON XXVIII. Directions how to hear Sermons.

Luke 8:18. Take heed, therefore, how ye hear.

SERMON XXIX. The Extent and Reasonableness of Self-Denial.

Luke 9:23. And he said unto them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself.

* SERMON XXX. Christ's Transfiguration.

Luke 9:28-36. And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray, &c.

SERMON XXXI. The Care of the Soul urged as the one thing needful.

Luke 10:42. But one thing is needful.

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SERMON XXXII. A Penitent Heart, The Best New Year's Gift.

Luke 13:3. Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

SERMON XXXIII. The Gospel Supper.

Luke 14:22, 23, 24. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden, shall taste of my supper.

SERMON XXXIV. The Pharisee and Publican.

Luke 18:14. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: For every one that exalteth himself, shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.

SERMON XXXV. The Conversion of Zaccheus.

Luke 19:9,10. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house; forasmuch as he also is the son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

SERMON XXXVI. The Marriage of Cana.

John 2:11. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

SERMON XXXVII. The Duty of searching the Scriptures.

John 5:39. Search the Scriptures.

SERMON XXXVIII. The Indwelling of the Spirit, the common Privilege of all Believers.

John 7:37-39. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of he Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive.

SERMON XXXIX. The Resurrection of Lazarus.

John 11:43,44. And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

SERMON XL. The Holy Spirit convincing the World of Sin, Righteousness, and Judgement.

John 16:8. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement.

SERMON XLI. Saul's Conversion.

Acts 9:22. But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

SERMON XLII. Marks of having received the Holy Ghost.

Acts 19:2. Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?

SERMON XLIII. The Almost Christian.

Acts 26:28. Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

SERMON XLIV. Christ the Believer's Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption.

1 Corinthians 1:30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

SERMON XLV. The Knowledge of Jesus Christ, the best Knowledge.

1 Corinthians 2:2. I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and. him crucified.

SERMON XLVI. Of Justification by Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:11. But ye are justified. The whole verse is: And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God.

SERMON XLVII. The great Duty of Charity recommended.

1 Corinthians 13:8. Charity never faileth.

SERMON XLVIII. Satan's Devices.

2 Corinthians 2:11. Lest Satan should get an advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

SERMON XLIX. On Regeneration.

2 Corinthians 5:17. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.

* SERMON L. Christians, Temples of the Living God.

2 Corinthians 6:16. Ye are the Temple of the living God.

SERMON LI. Christ the only Preservative against a Reprobate Spirit.

2 Corinthians 13:5. Know ye not your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates.

SERMON LII. The heinous Sin of Drunkenness.

Ephesians 5:18. Be not drunk with Wine, wherein is Excess; but be filled with the Spirit.

SERMON LIII. The Power of Christ's Resurrection,

Philippians 3:10. That I may know Him, and the Power of his Resurrection.

SERMON LIV. Intercession every Christian's Duty.

1 Thessalonians 5:25. Brethren, pray for us.

SERMON LV. Persecution every Christian's Lot.

2 Timothy 3:12. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer Persecution.

SERMON LVI. An Exhortation to the People of God not to be discouraged in their Way, by the Scoffs and Contempt of wicked Men.

Hebrews 4:9. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

* SERMON LVII. A Caution Against Despising the Day of Small Things.

Preached before the Governor, and Council, and the House of Assembly, in Georgia, on January 28, 1770.

Zechariah 4:10. For who hath despised the day of small things?

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SERMON LVIII. A Faithful Minister's Parting Blessing.

Revelation 22:21. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, be with you all. Amen.

SERMON LIX. Christ the Believer's Refuge.

Psalm 46:1-6. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof, Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

SERMON LX. Soul Prosperity.

3 John 2. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper, and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

SERMON LXI. The Gospel a Dying Saint's Triumph.—A Funeral Sermon.

Mark 16:15,16. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.

SERMON LXII. Repentance and Conversion.

Acts 3:19. Repent ye, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

SERMON LXIII. Glorifying God in the Fire; or, the Right Improvement of Afflictions.

Isaiah 24:15. Wherefore, glorify ye the Lord in the fires.

SERMON LXIV. The Beloved of God.

Deuteronomy 33:12. And of Benjamin, he said, The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.

SERMON LXV. The Furnace of Affliction.

Isaiah 48:10. I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

SERMON LXVI. The Lord Our Light.

Isaiah 60:19,20. The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee, but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down, neither shall thy moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

SERMON LXVII. Self-Inquiry Concerning the Work of God.

Numbers 23:23. According to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!

SERMON LXVIII. The Burning Bush.

Exodus 3:2,3. And he looked, and behold the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed; and Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

SERMON LXIX. Soul Dejection.

Psalm 42:5. Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, for the help of his countenance.

SERMON LXX. Spiritual Baptism.

Romans 6:3,4. Know you not, that so many of us as were baptised into Jesus Christ, were baptised into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

SERMON LXXI. Neglect of Christ, the Killing Sin.

John 5:40. And ye will not come to me, that ye may have life.

SERMON LXXII. All Men's Place.

Ecclesiastes 6:6. Do not all go to one place?

SERMON LXXIII. God a Believer's Glory.

Isaiah 60:19. And thy God thy Glory.

SERMON LXXIV. Jacob's Ladder.—A Farewell Sermon.

Genesis 28:12, &c. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed. And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth; and thou shalt spread abroad to the west and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee, and in thy seed, shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land: for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

SERMON LXXV. The Good Shepherd.—a Farewell Sermon.

John 10:27, 28. 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.

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SERMON 76. The Duty of a Gospel Minister.

Luke 4:18,19. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

SERMON 77. The Method of Grace

Jeremiah 6:14. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.

SERMON 78. The Kingdom of God.

Romans 14:17. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.