Skip to comments.The Charles Spurgeon Story
Posted on 09/17/2013 7:19:47 PM PDT by jodyel
Charles Spurgeon aka Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (19 June 1834 31 January 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Charles Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is known as the Prince of Preachers. He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day.
In his lifetime, Charles Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, often up to 10 times each week at different places. Spurgeon was the pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London for 38 years. He was part of several controversies with the Baptist Union of Great Britain and later had to leave the denomination. In 1857, he started a charity organization which is now called Spurgeons and works globally. He also founded Spurgeons College, which was named after him posthumously.
Charles Spurgeon was a prolific author of many types of works including sermons, an autobiography, commentaries, books on prayer, devotionals, magazines, poetry, hymns and more. Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime. Spurgeon produced powerful sermons of penetrating thought and precise exposition. His oratory skills held his listeners spellbound in the Metropolitan Tabernacle and many Christians have discovered Spurgeons messages to be among the best in Christian literature.
I enjoyed this biography on Spurgeon. Have always liked his sermons but never knew much about him.
Pinging some Reformed folks with a hijacked list.
I read only yesterday that Arthur Pink believed Spurgeon was God’s greatest gift to the church since the Puritans. And I can’t disagree. I have learned so much from Spurgeon. I recently bought a five-volume set of his sermons. As I study them I can’t help but think about how we have a great famine of the Word in our day.
If you watch the video, you will see how he already in his time had to contend with liberals in the church and the media hounding him unmercifully.
He died young too at 57.
So it’s not just happening today. Nothing new under the sun, huh?
I picked up a book over 20 years ago, at a garage sale, with over 200 of his sermons. Great reading. His sermons of yesterday are still relevant today.
I failed to comment on the video. I have seen it twice and enjoyed it much. I watched it the second time with my children because I am working to teach them Christian history. I want them to understand they are part of a grand story written before the foundation of the earth.
The video led me to Dallimore’s bio on Spurgeon, which is another resource I recommend.
He wrote a three-volume commentary on Psalms. All by itself, it’s the work of a lifetime. How did he find time to do so much besides?
Since you enjoyed those books, have you read any of Grace Livingston Hill’s? She was born in the mid 1800’s and died about 1947. I started reading her books in the mid 1950’s as a teenager and still love them. What she taught in them reaches readers of today. Some are being reprinted but I like the original ones. People in a group I belong to find them on eBay and Amazon.
And, according to the video, once the media started hounding him about them he stopped smoking them.
Thanks, Colt, I will look for it.
No idea other than guided by the Spirit.
I also made note that the video stated all of the charitable works started by him were paid for by the royalties from his books and were never taken from church donations.
Amazing, in and of itself.
Sorry, guys, have not worked out how to remember so many usernames that I can send what I post to all.
So thanks, F15Eagle.
I am also terrible with using parts of nicknames...tend to do that because of my imperfect short-term memory. Hard to deal with when one once had an almost perfect memory in past days. :(
No television. No radio. No internet. Since he took scripture seriously, redeeming the time was a mandate to him.
It also helped that his vocation was study and preaching.
Bookmarked that for later, HarleyD.
Yes, after I made my reply I thought that there wasn’t much else to do or distract people back then. Books really were pretty much what they had.
I remember when I was a kid in the 70s....books were all I had too and a little TV...but books were the end all and be all of my small world. Don’t even remember the last time I read one.
But the Internet has so much information, it beats books for me hands down. Stuff I would never have known otherwise I have learned here, and I do not mean bad or evil things. Plus the world is at your fingertips. it really is hard to resist the ‘Net. :)