The Life & Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival – Volume 2
The 2nd volume of this incomparable biography, covering 1741-1770. Tells of the great doctrinal conflict with the Wesleys and serious division within Methodist ranks, followed by preaching tours of Scotland which were immensely fruitful.
Despite their doctrinal clashes, John Wesley did Whitefield’s funeral and there declared: “Have we ever read of heard of any person since the Apostles who testified to the gospel of the grace of God so widely, and to so large a part of the world?”
God’s accomplishments through George Whitefield are to this day virtually unparalleled. Even during his lifetime, Whitefield was considered “the most brilliant and popular preacher the modern world has ever known.” In the wake of his fearless preaching, revival swept across the British Isles, and the Great Awakening transformed the American colonies.
When Whitefield died at age 55, he had preached 30,000 sermons. His hearers included not only the poor and the uneducated, but prominent English aristocrats and American statesmen such as David Hume and Benjamin Franklin.
Christians today continue to take courage from Whitefield’s humility and deep spirituality. A founder of Methodism, he yielded his leadership to John Wesley rather than risk splitting the movement, thus revealing his fervent commitment to the gospel of Christ rather than to personal plans or hopes.
Contents of Volume 2:
- Introduction: On the Common Concept of Relations between Wesley and Whitefield
Part IV: The Controversy
- 1) Wesley enters into the Leadership of the Movement
- 2) Whitefield meets the supreme trial of his life
- 3) Whitefield’s Reply to Wesley’s Sermon
- 4) Rebuilding the Work
Part V: The Calvinistic Evangelist of Two Continents
- 5) Scotland
- 6) Marriage
- 7) Storming Satan’s Strongholds
- 8) Cambuslang
- 9) Seeking Reconciliation with Wesley
- 10) Organizing the Work
- 11) Trials and Triumps
- 12) The Great Awakening
- 13) Healing the Wounds of the Work in America
- 14) Laboring in the Gospel under a crushing load of debt
- 15) Bermuda
- 16) Dissensions and Rivalries in England
Part VI: The Helper of All the Revival
- 17) “Let the name of Whitefield perish!”
- 18) The Gospel to the Great
- 19) A Closer look at one year of Whitefield’s life
- 20) The Loss of Howell Harris
- 21) The Evangelical party in the Church of England
- 22) Whitefield’s Moravian Letter: right or wrong?
- 23) Helping Wesley
- 24) Two New Tabernacles
- 25) The fifth visit to America
- 26) The death of John Cennick
- 27) Tottenham Court Road Chapel
- 28) At the mercy of the mob in Ireland
- 29) Sunshine and shadow
Part VII: The Years of Failing Strength
- 30) The invalid
- 31) To America again – the sixth visit
- 32) Whitefield and Franklin
- 33) Last labors in Britain
- 34) Whitefield as seen through the eyes of a young assistant
- 35) Last labors in America
Part VIII: Death and Commemoration
- 36) Absent from the body, present with the Lord
- 37) The memory of the just
- 38) The measure of the man
- Supplement: A Letter to Rev. Mr. John Wesley in Answer to his sermon entitled ‘Free Grace’.
About the Author
Arnold A. Dallimore (1911-1998) was born in Canada of British parents. He was pastor of the Baptist Church at Cottam, Ontario, for almost twenty-four years. During his studies at Central Baptist Seminary, Toronto, he was awakened to a life-long interest in the great evangelist George Whitefield, whose biography he was to write (2 volumes, published by the Trust). He also wrote biographies of Edward Irving, the forerunner of the charismatic movement, Susannah Wesley and C. H. Spurgeon.