Category: Charles Spurgeon

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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Charles Spurgeon and the Word of God

Spurgeon and the Word of God             Spurgeon sought to preach the Word of God faithfully to his people, week in and week out. Spurgeon– on verbal plenary inspiration– stated that it is a fact and not a hypothesis.[1] He believed that the Bible was inerrant, authorative, and sufficient, and stated concerning the Word of God, “I am the Book of God: Read me. I am God’s writing: Open my pages, for I was penned by God; read it, for He is my Author.”[2] Spurgeon preaching on Matthew 4:4 taught that in one’s search for truth, “It is not found in an infallible Church or infallible Apostles or any infallible man, for this is not where infallibility rests, but rather Christians have a more sure word of testimony, a rock of truth upon which they rest, for our infallible standard lies in ‘It is written’.”[3] Spurgeon believed that the Bible does not merely contain the Word of God, but that it is the Word of God.[4] Spurgeon reinforced his view that the Scriptures were the unique, infallible, and inerrant[5] Word of God by stating:  “It [The Bible] is also a book pure in the sense of truth, being without admixture of error. I do not hesitate to say that I believe that there is no mistake whatever in the original Holy Scriptures from beginning to end there is not...

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Charles Spurgeon Conversion and Call to Ministry

Spurgeon’s Conversion       The earliest recorded instance about Charles Spurgeon’s conversion is found in his diary that detailed the period from April 6, 1850 to June 20, 1850.[1] In that diary he wrote, “Saved men and women date from the drawn of their true lives; to from their first birthday but from the day wherein they were born again.”[2] Spurgeon in a sermon at New Park Baptist Church on Sunday morning, the sixth of January 1856 stated that six years earlier, “As early as possibly at this very hour of that day,” he had come to Christ.[3] Spurgeon was saved during December 1849 at a Primitive Methodist Church in Colchester, England. The preacher gave a very simple message from Isaiah, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”[4]  After explaining the text and what it meant for ten minutes, the preacher turned to young Charles Spurgeon and began preaching at him telling him that he needed to “Look to Jesus Christ and live.”[5] Spurgeon after hearing the good news responded as the Holy Spirit opened his eyes to new life.[6] Spurgeon’s Call to Ministry       Shortly after his conversion, Spurgeon was asked to become a Sunday school teacher, which he did and became so successful that he was asked to address the whole school.[7] In ministering at the Sunday school, Spurgeon began to have...

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