Jonathan Edwards Sermons
Jonathan Edwards sermons show why he is known as America’s greatest theologian. His most noted sermon is Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.
Edwards was born in 1703 and died in 1758 of a smallpox inoculation. Though his was a short life, he was a prolific writer and preacher.
He is noted as one of the primary sources of the First Great Awakening – a revival that lasted for several years. He was also a source for a major missions movement after the publishing of his book on The Life of David Brainerd. Other notable works include, Religious Affections, Original Sin, Freedom of the Will, and Concerning the End for Which God Created the World.
Jonathan was the only son amid ten sisters. He was trained by his father and his older sisters. With this training Edwards was able to enter Yale at the age of thirteen.
After graduation, he served as basically an Interim Pastor and then a tutor at Yale. Afterward, he became the teaching pastor of a church in Massachusetts. In this position Edwards made it a habit of studying 12 hours a day.
The Great Awakening began in 1733. The revival was so effective that in a period of just six months nearly 300 were admitted to the church. This peaked Jonathan’s interest. He wondered how it was that a revival was generated and how the Spirit was involved. His findings are recorded in the book, A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God in the Conversion of Many Hundred Souls in Northampton.
Of all the sermons of Jonathan Edwards, the best know is, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, preached in 1741. In this sermon, Edwards spoke of the judgment that was to come for people who didn’t turn their lives toward God through Christ.
Edward’s teaching and preaching have been published in many different forms. They can be easily found on the web. See the links below for some samples.
Jonathan Edwards Sermons – written and audio
Sermons by Jonathan Edwards