Category: Charles Spurgeon

Did You Know That Charles Spurgeon Struggled with Depression?

A Surprising Truth It comes as a surprise to some that Charles Spurgeon had a lifelong battle with depression. His reputation as a famed and powerful preacher, his cheery wit, and his cigar-smoking manliness might lead us to imagine there could never be a chink in his Victorian Englishman’s armor. It shouldn’t be a surprise, of course: being full of life in a fallen world must mean distress, and Spurgeon’s life was indeed full of physical and mental pain. Aged twenty-two, as pastor of a large church and with twin babies at home to look after, he was preaching...

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Spurgeon’s Wisdom: The Three Places of Blessing Around Our Hill

Each week I attempt to read a sermon by my favorite preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Recently I read a sermon from 1855, The Church of Christ.[1] In it Spurgeon sought to develop an argument on the clause from Ezekiel 34:26, “And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing.” Here he attempted to convince his audience of the church’s role in the world. His argument was simple: first, “Christ’s church is to be a blessing” and second, “Christ’s church is to be blessed.” As I was reading, I was struck by his first point,...

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Spurgeon: “Shall the Eternal fail thee?”

“Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord and thy redeemer the Holy one of Israel.” (Isaiah 41:14) Get rid of fear, because fear is painful. How it torments the spirit! When the Christian trusts, he is happy; when he doubts, he is miserable. When the believer looks to His Master and relies upon Him, he can sing; when he doubts His Master, he can only groan. What miserable wretches the most faithful Christians are when they once begin doubting and fearing! It is a trade I never like to meddle with, because it never pays the expenses, and never brings in any profit—the trade of doubting. Why, the soul is broken in pieces, lanced, pricked with knives, dissolved, racked, pained. It knoweth not how to exist when it gives way to fear. Up, Christian! thou art of a sorrowful countenance; up, and chase thy fears. Why wouldst thou be for ever groaning in thy dungeon? Why should the Giant Despair for ever beat thee with his crabtree cudgel? Up! Drive him away! Touch the key of the promises; be of good cheer! Fear never helped thee yet, and it never will. Fear, too, is weakening. Make a man afraid—he will run at his own shadow; make a man brave, and he will stand before an army and overcome them. He...

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The How, What, and Why Of Preaching The Gospel by Charles Spurgeon

“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Timothy 1:15) Paul had just described his ordination in 1 Timothy 1:12. He then went on to speak of the grace manifested in the call of such a person to the ministry (verse 13), and of the further grace by which he was sustained in that ministry. Incidentally he was led to mention the message of his ministry. We may profitably use the text of this occasion. Paul’s words help us see how to preach the gospel, what is the gospel we preach, and why we preach this gospel. How We Preach the Gospel We preach the gospel with unapologetic certainty. Notice that Paul considers the gospel message to be a “trustworthy saying” (verse 15). In other words, there is no reason to doubt the truth of our message. We can be sure because it is a revelation of God, it is attested by miracles, it bears its witness within itself, and it has already proved its own power upon our hearts. We also preach the gospel as an everyday truth. Paul calls it a “saying” or proverb. The gospel affects not just at the point of salvation but at home, in business, in sickness, in health, in life, in death. The gospel is for...

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Charles Spurgeon and A Theology of the Holy Spirit In Preaching

Charles Spurgeon and A Theology of the Holy Spirit In Preaching             Spurgeon’s understanding of the connection between the Holy Spirit, prayer and preaching is paradigm shifting. His understanding of the connection between preaching and the ministry of the Holy Spirit is not new, but it does need to be brought to the forefront for the modern reader. John Broadus in On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons stated that “The ultimate requisite for the effective preacher is complete dependence upon the Holy Spirit.”[1] Dr. Bryan Chapell teaches that the biblical description of the Spirit’s work challenges “All preachers to approach their task with a deep sense of dependence upon the Spirit of God.”[2] Dr. Sinclair Ferguson notes that “Little attention has been given in recent literature to the role of the Spirit in relationship to preaching.”[3] Dr. Eswine explains that “Spurgeon’s intentional explicitness regarding the work of the Holy Spirit in preaching offers reasonable explorations into deeper caverns of intricacy, which may enable an infant theology on the Holy Spirit to take more steps.”[4] Charles Spurgeon believed that “the Spirit of God was precious to the people of God, and therefore sought to make the person and work of Christ the main focal point of his preaching and instruction to other preachers.”[5] Dr. Heisler gets to the heart of what happens when the preacher understands the relationship between...

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