Sunday, 5 April 2009

Piper on George Whitfield

This is worth hearing. Only heard half: The lessons so far?
  1. When we are born again, God uses the talents he has providentially formed in us to that point to his glory. Whitfield was a natural, highly talented orator.
  2. The high example of what it is to take up our cross and follow. It seems undeniable that Whitfield preached over 1000 sermons a year, speaking for between 40 and 60 hours a week. This with little time off, and frequent danger - he was once stoned in Ireland!What a rebuke to our (my) half-heartedness.
  3. The importance of prayer. All this as given, Whitefield was clearly used miraculously by God, bringing thousands ino his kingdom. It was said his voice could be heard up to two miles away (and that's without mikes or amps). The lesson here is that "unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain." No amount of ability can convert hearts. What is needed is an accompanying sovereign work of God's Spirit in giving understanding and faith. God forgive us in the West our prayerlessness.

Top quote: "He could bring tears to the eyes of his hearers even by the way he said Mesopotamia."

Click here to hear the talk.