Charles H. Spurgeon (The Prince of Preachers)

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(The Prince of Preachers)

The world has come to know Charles Spurgeon as the “Prince of Preachers,’’ but he was also a gifted teacher, counselor, author and philanthropist. More than any other individual of his time, he revived asybaritic English society into God-fearing, Christ-serving people.Spurgeon was steeped in the writings of the great puritans and they shaped his theology. His preaching, like theirs, was based on the authority of scripture and aimed to set forth the saviour. Faith laughs at which fear weeps over.There can be no such things as perfect happiness till there is perfect holiness.Happy the church when God gives her holy ministers:But unhappy the church where wicked men preside.Every believer in the cross must bear the cross.These are just a few of the numerous quotes or writings by

a man who impacted this world with his ministry.

Charles H. Spurgeon was born on June 19, 1834 at Kelveton, Essex. His father was an independent minister in 1849.Charles was appointed as an usher in a school at New Market, after attending Colchester School. He joined the Baptist in 1850. When Charles Spurgeon was sixteen, he gave his life to Jesus and became an instrument in God’s

hands. He began to preach the gospel of Christ immediately he got converted in the little village of Tevesham,three miles from the University City of Cambridge.

Spurgeon’s extraordinary ability was immediately known and he began pastoring

the first church in 1852. By the time he was eighteen, he preached 412times and that by 1853, he preached over 600 times, though not yet twenty years old. There is no doubt that, in England, Charles was the greatest  preacher of the century. The street of London became blocked with traffic in the neighbourhood of his chapel or wherever else he preached in the small metropolis. People were attracted to the small church. Charles Spurgeon began publishing his sermons at twenty, and continued without interruption

for thirty–four years. In 1853, Charles Spurgeon published his first print when he was pastor of The Baptist Church in Water beach also near Cambridge, and it was rated

number one of the Water beach tracts. Charles Spurgeon became famous in London through his printed materials.At the age of twenty-two, a volume of sermons was issued in New York entitled the Modern Whitefield: the Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon of London.

His sermons were an introduction and sketch of his life. The volume was said

to have reached fifty editions. When Charles was twenty-eight years old,

six volumes of his sermons had been published in America.

Charles Spurgeon often spoke in Surrey Music Hall, with a seating capacity of 10,000; occasionally, inthe Agricultural Hall, seating 20,000;and in Crystal Palace, London, where23,000 people gathered. Charles preached to not less than 10,000,000people in his thirty-four years of ministry.Because of the massive attendance athis meetings, Spurgeon once admonished his usual listeners to stay away from the next service to make room for newcomers. Tabernacle becameeven more jam-packed. The quality of sermonic, devotional, and literary materials that flowed from the lips and pen of Charles H. Spurgeonis beyond anything of equal quality produced by any other preacher in modern times. Charles Spurgeon lived vigorously everyday reading widely, interviewing

men and women concerning matters of soul; entertaining many of the distinguished Christian servants of the age; absorbing every thing that was of interest; meeting life face

to face with all of its richness and infinite possibilities both for good and for evil. All of these were poured out graphically in his writings. His sermons moved through the word of God from Genesis to Revelation. A classification of his tests will reveal the proclamation of the gospel of grace of God from almost every page of the Holy Scriptures.Spurgeon believed in and lived by what he preached. He saw abundant

results from his messages as he preached every day, to the glory of God. Charles was easily understood,and each person in the congregation felt that the message was talking

to him or her personally. Charles equally understood the problems and needs of his people. He prepared his sermons with greatest care, constantly collecting materials, ever keeping in mind the needs of his people, and waiting upon God for the right text for each service. Charles Spurgeon lived a surrendered life to God. This excellent quality made God to use him. He lived his life serving the Lord he loved so much with all his strength. His wife, Susannah,declared of him: “His whole life…all his spiritual force, was in it.

Spurgeon believed in and lived by what he preached.He saw abundant results from his messages as he preached everyday, to the glory of God. A classification of his tests will reveal the proclamation of the gospel of grace of God from almost every page of the Holy Scriptures.

Spurgeon believed in and lived by what he preached. He saw abundant results from his messages as he preached every day, to the glory of God. Charles was easily understood,  and each person in the congregation felt that the message was talking to him or her personally. Charles equally understood the problems and needs of his people. He prepared his sermons with greatest care, constantly collecting materials, ever keeping in mind the needs of his people, and waiting upon God for the right text for each service. Charles Spurgeon lived a surrendered life to God. This excellent quality made God to use him. He lived his life serving the Lord he loved so muchwith all his strength. His wife, Susannah,declared of him: “His whole life…all his spiritual force, was in it. Spurgeon believed in and lived by what he preached.He saw abundant results from his messages as he preached everyday, to the glory of God

Read, above all things your Bible. Whatever keeps me from the Bible is my enemy;however harmless it may be[or] harmless it may appear to be.Whatever engages my attention when I should be meditating on God and the eternal does injury to my soul.

The Bible is to be studied,believed, accepted and practised in order to receive its blessings.It gives life meaning, joy,victory, destiny and glory. Personal reading of the Bible is the principal means off ruitful Christian  living and spiritual Growth Charles Spurgeon was also a man of intense prayer. It was said of him that when he prayed it was as if Jesus was close by. He was a man of deep prayer. He always urged his people to challenge God for new assignments.He said, “‘Ten minutes’ praying is better than a year’s murmuring.”Charles Spurgeon also kept close to the word of God. He wrote in one of his volume of writings that: Read,above all things your Bible. Whatever keeps me from the Bible is my enemy; however harmless it may be[or] harmless it may appear to be.Whatever engages my attention when I should be meditating on God and the eternal does injury to my soul.The Bible is to be studied, believed,accepted and practised in order to receive its blessings. It gives life meaning,joy, victory, destiny and glory.Personal reading of the Bible is the principal means of fruitful Christian living and spiritual growth. Spurgeon declares, “Nothing ever out grows scripture; the book widens and deepens with years.’’It is quite easy for a man of such immense spiritual endowments, loved so much by his people, to fall into the sin of pride. But Spurgeon was always on guard against this. An entry in his diary reflects his attitude: ‘’Forgive me, Lord, if I have ever had high thoughts of myself.’’During the later part of his ministry, Spurgeon did not enjoy good health and at intervals he had to spend the winter months at Men tone on the Riviera. He died in 1892 at the age of 57, the entire nation lamenting that his voice was stilled. It might almost be said that he worked himself to death. His activities were prodigious and his reputation as a preacher of the world-wide influence remained  unsurpassed and undiminished to the end, nor has his influence passed away. His works ‘follow him’. More than a century after his death,his life and works continue to inspire millions of believers across the globe especially for those who will love their

God as passionately and serve Him with so much single-minded dedication.What will you be remembered for?

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