George Whitefield Presented by Anna Rupp

Biographical Background Information

  • George Whitefield was born in Gloucester, England on December 27, 1714
  • George's father, Thomas, was a merchant and an innkeeper
  • His mother's name was Elizabeth
  • George was the fifth son Elizabeth and Thomas had and the seventh child overall

Childhood Experiences

  • When George was two, his father passed away, leaving his mother struggling to support the family
  • When he was fifteen years old, George persuaded his mother to let him leave school to work to support his family
  • One of his hobbies when he was younger was to read plays consistently. He even skipped school to practice for performances

Religious Beliefs

  • George was a leader in the Anglican church
  • When he was under the influence of John and Charles Wesley while he was in the Holy Club, he experienced a "new birth"
  • 1733 he converted to Christ

Educational Background

  • George went to The Crypt School for elementary school
  • He left school at fifteen to work
  • He went to Pembroke College, Oxford, by waiting on wealthier students

Call to the Mission Field

  • While George was a part of the Holy Club, he experienced a new birth, and decided to become a missionary to the colony across the Atlantic Ocean called the new Georgia colony

Contributions and Work Done in the Mission Field

  • He turned two nations back to God
  • He spent a duration of twenty four years in the British Isles and about nine years more in America speaking to ten million people
  • He preached almost each day to thousands of people in the colonies; especially New England
  • He made fifteen missions to Scotland. Cambulsang in 1742 to the "Preaching Braes" was the most well-known
  • He also made two trips to Ireland, and one trip each to Bermuda, Gibraltar, and the Netherlands
  • In 1738 he served as chaplain in the Georgia colony in Savannah

Significant Achievements

  • People call him the "marvel of the age"
  • Some people fell as though he was the greatest evangelist of all time
  • He was also known as the "great awakener"
  • He was the most traveled preacher of the gospel up to his time
  • Responsible for the great awakening

Bible Verses/ Quotes by or about Missionary

  • "When our Lord says, we must by converted and become as little children, I suppose He means also, that we must be sensible of our weakness, comparatively speaking, as a little child"
  • "Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you."
  • "Nothing is more generally known that our duties which belong to Christianity; and yet, how amazing is it, nothing is less practiced?"
  1. Bible Verses(a few that he quoted)
  • John 5:39-"You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,"
  • Isaiah 54:5-"For your Maker is your husband- the Lord Almighty is his name- the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth."
  • Matthew 22:42-"'What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?' 'The son of David,' they replied."
  • 1 Corinthians 1:30-"It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption."

Work Cited

  • Galli, Mark, and Ted Olsen. "George Whitefield." Christianity Today. N.p., N.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017
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  • "George Whitefield." Georgia Encyclopedia. N.p. n.d. Web 23 Apr. 2017
  • Dallimore, A.A. "George Whitefield." Theopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017
  • "George Whitefield, 1714-1770, English Evangelist" Believer's Web N.p., 13 Mar. 2003. Web. 23 Apr. 2017
  • "George Whitefield." The Digital Puritan. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017
  • "George Whitefield Quotes." BrainyQuote. N.p., n.d. Web 23 Apr. 2017
  • "The George Whitefield Collection." Bible Bulletin Board. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017

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