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In Their Own Words

January 13, 1740

Whitfield Preached with Energy

George Whitefield showed Georgia colonists the preaching form that became so famous during the Great Awakening, as recorded in his journal by William Stephens:

“…Mr. Whitfield’s Name, which of late had made so much Noise in England, could not fail drawing all Sorts of People to Church, who professed Christianity, to hear what Dodlrine it was that he preached: When both in the Morning and Afternoon, he made our Justification by Faith only, the Subject of his Discourse; taking those Words in St. Matthew for his Text, “‘What think you of Christ?” Which he pressed home with great Energy, denouncing Anathema’s on all such as taught otherwise. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 489.