E166 George Whitefield & American Independence
What united a loosely connected group of individual colonies into a single people with a common identity as Americans? The answer: George Whitefield and the First Great Awakening. After three decades of anointed, tireless preaching, a remarkable 80% of the population of the American colonies experienced Whitefield's ministry at least once. The impact was profound. His preaching served as a great social leveler because everyone, rich or poor, kings or commoners, must be born again. His message was also a great uniter of the people as they found their identity not in race or denominational affiliation, but in Christ. We are living in what some have called "the divided states of America." We need something or someone to restore our common vision and purpose. Only Jesus is big enough. We need a third Great Awakening.
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