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Lectures to My Students

Charles H. Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a leading preacher of the Victorian era. Thousands gathered every week at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England to hear the 'Prince of Preachers' and thousands more bought printed versions of his sermons in the streets of London later that week. When they ceased publication in 1917 over 100 million had been sold.

Spurgeon realized that he could influence the church beyond his own lifetime if he could encourage future pastors to trust the Bible, love people, and preach the truth fearlessly. To achieve this he collected his lectures to his college students and published a book. It has been a classic of pastoral theology ever since and is still used to train ministers to this day.

Book Review by C. Matthew McMahon, A Puritan's Mind

Lectures to My Students, Spurgeon | The Reformed ReaderWhat does the prince of preachers have to say to young ministers today? In the 5 star book he has much to offer the Pastor.

One contemporary scholar and authority on Spurgeon says of this work: "Next to Mr. Spurgeon's great literary work, The Treasury of David, we consider [these] Lectures to My Students his greatest single contribution to the Christian world. There is more practical wisdom, common sense and sage advice packed within these pages than with any other book of similar size or content."  This complete and unabridged edition of Spurgeon's great work will I make it possible for today's generation to appreciate Spurgeon's combination of discerning wit and refreshingly practical advice.  Included in the 28 chapters of this classic volume on homiletics are such lectures as: The Call to the Ministry, The Preacher's Private Prayer On the Choice of a Text, On the Voice, The Holy Spirit in Connection with Our Ministry, Posture, Action, Gesture, etc., The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear, and  On Conversion as Our Aim Illustrations in Preaching.  As were all of Spurgeon's messages to his people, each of these lectures is Scripture saturated and Christ honoring. They move swiftly and are fascinating in their content and sage counsel. Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was converted at the age of 16. He preached his first sermon, from 1 Peter 2:7, in 1851 at 16 and became pastor of the Church in Waterbeach in 1852. Later he became pastor of the Baptist Church of New Park Street, Southwark, London, and managed the Pastor's College and the Stockwell Orphanage. Called the "Prince of Preachers" and "A Master Pulpiteer," he published more than 1,900 different sermons during his lifetime.

What can be added to this volume?  Your eyes, mind and heart.  In covering the above topics and more, this 28 chapter book was written as a compilation of Spurgeon's Lectures to his Ministerial Students.  It is notable that these lecture are to "his students" not colleagues and fellow pastors.  Students need this book.  But in the church today, the students are those who are preaching from the pulpit.  In working through this book, the student will gain more insight and more depth than all the contemporary preaching books like this combined.

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