Drawn from the early years of Spurgeon’s remarkable London ministry, these 138 testimonies of conversion form part of an archive of some 15,000 such accounts at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Here is a powerful reaffirmation of the transforming power of the Gospel in individual lives. Also provides insights into the signs of conversion looked for by the elders, and the questions put to converts.
Here too is a fascinating glimpse into life in Victorian London, with accounts of servants, crossing sweepers, hatters and factory workers, artisans and middle class converts, brimming with social interest.
Illustrated with facsimile pages of notes by C H Spurgeon and elders, and photographs of London life at that time.
Back in 2014 Thomas Nettles gave two messages at the London Metropolitan Tabernacle on how the great preacher Charles Spurgeon approached Scripture. Here they are:
While Spurgeon’s sermons constitute the largest set of volumes by any author in the English language, and have attracted more readers than the sermons of any other preacher, it is evident that most of them could never have been composed using the system of expounding being promoted today. Spurgeon’s traditional approach to the Word will surely enliven greatly our own quest for the Spirit’s intended message.
Content for this eBook excerpted from the following books :C.H. Spurgeon’s Prayers, The Pastor in Prayer and Behold the Throne of Grace. Many of these prayers of Spurgeon have been “personalized” by taking the Elizabethan language out and replacing it with contemporary language such as: “Thee” and “thou” replaced with “you”, and “taketh” replaced with take or taken.
References like “London” have been replace with “city”. Sometimes sentences have been omitted because they don’t have any meaning for today, this is indicated by showing a series of periods (…) .
Preached in the Surrey Gardens Music Hall 1859. According to Spurgeon, that year was perhaps the greatest and most fruitful in his long ministry. At the end of 1859 He wrote, “The times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord have at last dawned upon our land’. In that time he preached to a congregation of approximately 8,000 people in addition to addressing, almost daily, vast multitudes in different places. The 10 sermons in this eBook are all carfully selected from 1859 and show the energetic, clear and, fervent proclamation of the gospel which made Spurgeon’s preaching so powerfully used by God.
Table of Contents:
The Story of God’s Mighty Acts – Psalm 44:1.
The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant – Hebrews 13:20
The Necessity of the Spirit’s Work – Ezekiel, 36:27
Regular readers of this blog will remember previous books in the series by Free Grace Press entitled Baptist Reprints. These books are meant to bring some of the best of past Baptist literature to today’s Christians at an affordable cost, and I am happy to announce that yet another is on the way. The tentative title is The Ten Most Influential Sermons by Charles H. Spurgeon. Earlier today Jeff Johnson posted this announcement on his Facebook page:
“The title may change, but this book is coming soon from Free Grace Press. Every sermon by Spurgeon is excellent, but some were more influential than others. Christian George, the leading Spurgeon scholar and curator of the Spurgeon Library, has collected the 10 most important sermons ever preached by Spurgeon. The goal is to introduce the Prince of Preachers to a new generation of Christians. This book will be inexpensive and one that churches could easily distribute to their congregations free of charge.”
I look forward to reading the book myself, and I hope all of you will want to as well. You may read about the first two books in the series here…
Pastor Steve Weaver gives an encouragement for pastors to learn from others by way of reading. Here is a snippet with quotes from Hercules Collins and C. H. Spurgeon :
Historically, Baptists have recognized the importance of learning from the works of others. In his book on pastoral ministry, The Temple Repair’d, the seventeenth-century English Baptist pastor Hercules Collins provided his readers with a list of recommend books [see/read them here]. Furthermore, when young men in his Wapping church expressed a desire to begin preaching, they were provided with key biblical and theological works. Collins believed that ministers must labor in their study of the Word of God because of the exalted nature of their work as ministers. Commenting on 2 Timothy 2:15, he wrote,
“We should study to be good workmen because our work is of the highest nature. Men that work among jewels and precious Stones ought to be very knowing of their business. A minister’s work is a great work, a holy work, a heavenly work. Hence the Apostle says “Who is sufficient for these things?” O how great a work is this! What man, what angel is sufficient to preach the gospel as they ought to preach it! You work for the highest end, the glory of God, and the good of immortal souls. You are for the beating down of the kingdom of the devil, and enlarging and exalting Christ’s kingdom.”
The tendency to downplay the importance of reading and studying books in one’s preparation for preaching has been a perennial issue. Some have sought to downplay the importance of God-honoring books out of false sense of piety. But even the apostle Paul, when in prison, urged Timothy to bring “the books” (2 Tim. 4:13). The nineteenth-century’s Prince of Preachers Charles Haddon Spurgeon commented on the example of Paul in a sermon on 2 Timothy 4:13 titled “Paul—His Cloak and His Books.”
“He is inspired, and yet he wants books! He has seen the Lord, and yet he wants books! He has had wider experience than most men, and yet he wants books! He had been caught up in the third heaven, and had heard things unlawful for a man to utter, yet he wants books! He has written a major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books! The apostle says to Timothy and so he says to every Christian, “Give thyself to reading.” The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains proves he has no brains of his own.”
In honor of Charles Spurgeon’s birthday, we’re giving away a paperback copy of the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians and theSpurgeon Commentary: Hebrews! To enter, post a picture with your beard in the comments on this Facebook post. Or post your picture to Twitter mentioning @LexhamPress and using hashtag #SpurgeonBeard.
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One winner will be randomly selected from all entries. We’ll ship the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians to the winner after receiving his or her mailing address, and we’ll ship the Spurgeon Commentary: Hebrews to the winner as soon as it goes to print!
The entry period is open through Monday, June 29. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid U.S. mailing address. The winner will be notified via Facebook or Twitter, depending on which method they used to enter. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or will forfeit the prize to another entrant.
The lives of millions of Christians around the world have been changed through the ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. But how much do those of us who esteem him so highly really know about Charles Spurgeon, the man?
What were the events that shaped his life and made him the man who would be known as the Prince of Preachers? Through the Eyes of Spurgeon invites you to explore with us where and how Spurgeon lived, to follow his steps, to embrace the legacy he has left us.
…pre orders will also include a new extended edition digital download!
This extended edition will be roughly 30 minutes longer than the regular and will contain lengthened interviews and other footage that is incredibly interesting, but just won’t be able to make the final 90ish minute cut.
If you’re reading the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith and in 19.4 of your copy it says that the general equity of the Israelite judicial laws are of “modern” use, then you’re probably reading an edition copied from Charles Spurgeon’s 1855 reprint (found commonly in places like this). Putting aside the reasons for the change, you should know that “modern” is not the original reading. It should read “moral” instead of “modern.”
You should also know that the following editions of the confession have “moral” in 19.4, not “modern”: 1677, 1688, 1699, 1719, 1720, 1743 (two different printings), 1773, 1774, 1790, 1798, 1809, 1818, 1829, 1850 (2LCF is copying the Savoy Declaration here, btw). To my knowledge and research, Spurgeon’s reprint is the first to make this change.
“…it also makes a difference which one of the London Baptist Confessions you’re reading. Are you reading the original that says the general equity of the judicial is of moraluse only? Or are you reading the later edition that changed it to say they’re of modernuse only? Which opens the door wide open to the same Theonomic view as the Westminster Confession. And that just so happens to be the version that got picked up by Charles Spurgeon when he did his popularized version, he said it’s of modernuse not merely moraluse but modernuse and that was the version that got published when JD Hall published his version, and I can make the case that that opens the door to Theonomy just as easily. “
Sam Renihan concludes his post:
So if you’re going to make an argument from that wording, then appeal to Spurgeon and his reprint (if anything), but not any of the 15 (at least) editions of the confession that precede his.
Tom Chantry digs deeper into Spurgeon’s dismissal of the confessional language that, as Spurgeon put it, God is “…’without parts or passions’—I think was the definition.” :
Now this is curious indeed. In 1882 Spurgeon would say that he “often inwardly objected” to the confessional expression of impassibility. We can certainly take him at his word, but we now need to wonder whether he understood what that expression intended. For like it or not, Spurgeon in 1855 clearly articulated the very arguments which the confessional generation applied in favor of that doctrine. If what Spurgeon says in the above paragraph applies to the love of God – and clearly he intends it to so apply – then perhaps he did believe in divine impassibility. Is it possible that he held the view but did not understand the phrase?
Gain easy access to the best of Spurgeon’s writings on the book of Galatians. Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians collects his thoughts on the epistle in a commentary format, including sermon illustrations and applications culled from his sermons and writings. Illustrations are indexed by theme, enabling you to quickly find a fitting observation whether you’re searching by topic or verse. Each section of Scripture also includes at least one application from Spurgeon based on those verses. And updated language brings greater clarity to his teachings than ever before—allowing you to better understand and apply Spurgeon’s rich insights into Galatians.
In a few weeks, The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies will host a mini-conference that will consider the legacy of Andrew Fuller. 2015 marks the bicentennial of Fuller’s death so it is appropriate The Andrew Fuller Center devote some time to assessing his legacy. As an added bonus, the conference date of February 6th is the 261st birthday of Fuller. The conference will be hosted on the third floor of the Legacy Hotel on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference is open to all students, faculty, and staff of the seminary and Boyce College.
9:00 – 9:20am – “Why Andrew Fuller?” with Michael A.G. Haykin
9:30 – 10:30am – “Fuller and the 19th Century Southern Baptists” with Greg Wills
11am – 12pm – “C.H. Spurgeon: a Fullerite?” with Steve Weaver