All of the sermon audio here is somehow linked to the Wesleyan Pentecostal tradition, which focuses on the work of the Holy Spirit in personal Biblical sanctification. Teachings offered by Puritans and Anglicans are likely from John Wesley’s “A Christian Library” or selected Puritan preachers featured by The Banner of Truth Trust, mentioned in Mack Tomlinson’s In Light of Eternity: The Life of Leonard Ravenhill, or mentioned by Gary Wilkerson’s David Wilkerson: The Cross, The Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed.
George Wishart (d. 1546), John Knox (d. 1572), and Covenanters: audio teachings here.
Richard Sibbes (d. 1635), was an Anglican theologian with Puritan influences; and author of The Bruised Reed.
John Smith (d. 1652) was an Anglican professor at the University of Cambridge. While he and his associates, later labeled the “Cambridge Platonists,” saw much in Puritanism that was worthwhile, they did not agree with the anti-charismatic view: and so, Smith was open to prophetic dreams and visions, which he wrote at length about in “The Nature of Prophecy,” see p. 171.
Isaac Ambrose (d. 1664) was a prominent Puritan preacher who was one of four to preach to the king of England. He came from a Catholic family, which might have played a role in his unique Puritan work on contemplation: Looking Unto Jesus. He saw himself as a Presbyterian. He was ejected in 1662.
Joseph Alleine (d. 1668), out of all of the Puritans, probably had the strongest impact on John Wesley and the early Methodists. Although Wesley read the writings of many different Anglicans and Puritans, Alleine’s Alarm to the Unconverted was a power-packed Gospel presentation and was recommended reading for the Methodist preachers. After being ejected in 1662, Alleine went and traveled about preaching, and being imprisoned, with his other ejected friend John Westley (d. 1678), the grandfather of Wesley.
Thomas Manton (d. 1677) was a Puritan pastor of three churches; and was ejected in 1662. He spent his last years writing and preaching in homes. Click here for “God Shall Send Them Strong Delusion.”
Henry Scougal (d. 1678) was a Professor of Philosophy and Divinity at King’s College, University of Aberdeen. The Life of God in the Soul of Man impacted the Wesleys and George Whitefield.
Stephen Charnock (d. 1680) was a Puritan Presbyterian who pastored in Ireland until ejected in 1662. Click here for recordings.
Thomas Goodwin (d. 1680), a Puritan theologian and pastor: chosen for the Westminster Assembly; chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. He was also a Congregationalist like Jonathan Edwards. He has written multiple volumes. Click here for “The Vanity of Our Thoughts.”
John Owen (d. 1683) was a Congregationalist Puritan, anti-Arminian, and anti-charismatic, but strangely enough, there were enough good things Owen had written to draw Wesley’s appreciation, one of which was his treatise on Indwelling Sin. He was also Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.
John Bunyan (d. 1688) was perhaps the most popular and prolific of all the Puritan writers. He was a commoner, not a highly educated theologian. He was a Reformed Baptist, but he shunned titles; he was an open air preacher; he was a house church leader; he was imprisoned as a Nonconformist for many years where wrote his books, the most well known being The Pilgrim’s Progress. Click the picture for audio.
John Flavel (d. 1691) was a popular Puritan and Presbyterian writer. After he was ejected in 1662, he preached in house churches. Click here for recordings.
Richard Baxter (d. 1691) exerted a great theological influence on Wesley, as an Arminian, as a preacher of Biblical holiness, as a cautious charismatic, Baxter presents some of the loveliest, most caustic, zealous, and direct preaching subjects. As a “neonomian” he firmly adhered to lordship salvation; and he firmly contended for obedience to the moral law in the Christian life. Regarding church government, he held the Presbyterian view; but he saw value in other Puritan types. He held three pastorates, the third of which was in Kidderminster, which was one of the first revivals in the Puritan tradition. He was ejected in 1662 and had an on-off ministry of house churches (conventicles) and imprisonments. Click here for some recordings of his writings.
George Fox (d. 1691), founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers), the first overtly Puritan charismatic church after the Covenanters. Fox was also an Arminian and he believed strongly in prevenient grace: that the Holy Spirit was everywhere, drawing all men from the heathen world to know the Gospel of Christ: and that experientially, by that inward light of the Spirit which we call the conscience (John 1:9). He was not a universalist, as some mistake him to be. Click the picture for an audio version of his Autobiography. He wrote, “I was to bring people off from all the world’s religions, which are vain, that they might know the pure religion.”
Samuel Annesley (d. 1696) was the maternal grandfather of Wesley; and considered the leader of the Nonconformists of the day. Click here for some audio recordings.
Jonathan Edwards (d. 1758) was the first Puritan to develop a “revivalist” theology resulting from his personal experiences. He was a Congregationalist. It was under his preaching and that of George Whitefield, that the Great Awakening was sparked. Click here for Account of the Revival and The Religious Affections.
John Wesley (d. 1791), founder of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was a circuit rider and open air preacher for most of his life. He was also a Church of England man; and it was only because of the lukewarmness of the clergy that he felt compelled by the Holy Spirit, and the urging of his friend George Whitefield, to begin open air preaching. Wesley took this apostolic style of evangelism very seriously. A brief look at his written sermons, the substance of which he memorized, will show that this zealous Bible scholar was very devout and educated, and one of the most successful revivalists and evangelists in church history. The Works of John Wesley laid the theological foundation for evangelical Arminianism; and for Methodist, Wesleyan, holiness, and Pentecostal churches.
Charles Finney (d. 1875), the leading revivalist and evangelist of the Second Great Awakening in New York, was an independent Wesleyan who came from a Presbyterian background. He carried the Wesleyan message of Biblical salvation, practical holiness, and baptism in the Holy Spirit into America in the 1800s, as the holiness movement spread. Like Wesley, he shared a cynicism and criticism of lukewarm churches, both in their doctrines and practices. He published many written sermons, the most famous of such collections being Lectures on Revivals of Religion.
William Booth (d. 1912), founder of the Salvation Army, and a major leader of the holiness movement in England. He was an evangelistically driven Wesleyan Methodist that became discontented with the current state of affairs of his denomination, so he branched off to start his own. Today they are known as a poverty relief organization, but they are also a church. In his In Darkest England and the Way Out, he explained his theology of poverty relief. Booth and his wife were fans of John Wesley and Charles Finney.
Smith Wigglesworth (d. 1947), the leading healing evangelist of early Pentecostalism, had backgrounds in the Church of England, the Salvation Army, and the Plymouth Brethren. After he was baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, he became an evangelist with the Assemblies of God. His sermons were transcribed and are currently preserved in Smith Wigglesworth: The Complete Collection of His Life Teachings. Another well-known collection on miraculous gifts is his Ever Increasing Faith, for which the audio attached to this picture is from. To this day, he is the most revered saint in Pentecostal and charismatic churches, and seen as a model of full Pentecostal potential.
Leonard Ravenhill (d. 1994), the leading Wesleyan holiness revivalist and evangelist of the 20th century, came from Leeds, England, which had a strong Wesleyan background, known for his book Why Revival Tarries. His mother and father were devout old-school Methodists; and did ministry with the Salvation Army. In his younger days, he was part of a home missions group called the Trekkers, who traveled around England on foot, open air preaching, and holding tent revivals. Together they founded the Calvary Holiness Church, which eventually merged with the Church of the Nazarene. All his life he remained open but cautious about speaking in tongues, along with his friend A. W. Tozer, the leader of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. He had a tremendous impact on well-known evangelical and charismatic leaders, including David Wilkerson (Times Square Church), Keith Green (Last Days Ministries), Steve Hill (the Brownsville Revival), John Wimber (the Vineyard), Mike Bickle (IHOP), and even Southern Baptists like Charles Stanley and Paul Washer. Since 2002, the website sermonindex.net has drawn the attention of Millennials to Ravenhill, Wilkerson, and Washer; and now their sermons have a tremendous web presence.
John Wimber (d. 1997), founder of the Vineyard churches, and author of a number of groundbreaking materials on charismatic theology and experience, such as his books Power Evangelism, Power Healing, Power Encounters, and Power Points; and his video series: Signs and Wonders, Healing, Worship, Spiritual Warfare, Spiritual Gifts, and Teach Us to Pray. During Wimber’s life and ministry, the Vineyard was a vehicle of revival in the evangelical, Pentecostal, and charismatic churches. The Vineyard held charismatic Vineyard conferences for all denominations to attend. The Vineyard was also very strong in the area of praise and worship music: they produced CD series such as “Touching the Father’s Heart,” “Winds of Worship,” and “Worship Songs of the Vineyard.” There were also some occasions when Ravenhill was invited to conferences. Unfortunately, as of 2014, the Vineyard became LGBT-affirming, which is something that Wimber would have definitely rejected, due to his excommunication of Lonnie Frisbee.
David Wilkerson (d. 2011), founder of World Challenge and Times Square Church, was arguably the greatest conservative Pentecostal evangelist, pastor, and prophetic voice in the past 50 years. He remained a licensed Assemblies of God preacher for most of his ministry, but functioned like an independent evangelist. In 1962, he published The Cross and the Switchblade, which chronicled his inner city ministry to gang members and drug addicts. Although he wrote books for most of his life, this one book was so influential that it opened up doors for ministry until almost the time of his death. Along with Ravenhill, he carried the tradition of Wesleyan holiness preaching along with him, and cried out against the sins of the world and the church; and he also preached many Biblical messages on encouragement and prayer. In 1973, he published The Vision, which shared prophecies about very specific trials and tests soon coming to the body of Christ in America, many of which have already been fulfilled.
Andrew Strom (b. 1971), founder of RevivalSchool.com, is an established Pentecostal revivalist from New Zealand. He is a student of revivals and was involved as a journalist in the prophetic movement for ten years. Andrew has been a much needed voice of spiritual discernment for Pentecostal and charismatic Christians. His focus is very similar to that of Leonard Ravenhill and Charles Finney: to preach repentance and Biblical holiness, but also to encourage the proper use of the miraculous gifts of the Spirit today. His videos on YouTube have had a far reaching impact in exposing kundalini manifestations in the New Apostolic Reformation (the prophetic movement); and his books, although controversial, are badly needed, and we pray you would be blessed by them: Kundalini Warning, True and False Revival, Why I Left the Prophetic Movement, The Sinner’s Prayer: Fact or Fiction?, and others. He also has some great sermons on video and audio and some on sermonindex.net.
John Boruff (b. 1985), founder of WesleyGospel.com, is a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and sees himself as a Wesleyan Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can theologically identify the most with denominations like the Assemblies of God (Wigglesworth years), the Christian & Missionary Alliance (Tozer years), and the Vineyard (Wimber years). He currently has his eyes on old school Assemblies of God churches where Wilkerson and Wigglesworth are still honored. In 2015, he published a soteriology book called The Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is meant to be a preparatory Bible study for open air preaching, evangelism, and witnessing. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.