EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING BY CHARLES SPURGEON
I do not
come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to
Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of
them and say, "You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself." My
hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The following messages were part of the inaugural ceremonies at the Metropolitan Tabernacle when it first opened. Spurgeon chose several fellow pastors to expound upon the doctrines of Calvinism.
EXPOSITION OF THE DOCTRINES OF GRACE
by Charles Spurgeon
by Evan Probert
by John Bloomfield
by J. A. Spurgeon
by James Smith
THE FINAL PERSEVERANCE OF BELIEVERS IN CHRIST
by William O'Neill
Here's a description Charles Spurgeon and his preaching. What strikes me most is that this was a man who Believed. Believed with a capital B. Taken from Charles H. Spurgeon: His Faith and Works, H.L. Wayland, 1892.
They [the congregation] saw a man who believed what he said; to whom everything that he taught was intensely real. The doctrines were alive; he made them breathe and pulsate. They were not weapons to be furbished up for their own sake alone, and then laid aside. They were to control the life. Religion was not something to be put in one's iron safe, along with his other fire insurance policies, and looked at once a week. It was to control every moment of the life. Repentance was not merely an exercise preliminary to joining the church; it meant leaving off every wrong practice; it meant, as in actual instances, for the thief to restore his spoils.
The Bible was not a book to be laid away in decorous and dusty disuse, nor was it a book to be read as a task, hateful but unavoidable. Rather the Bible was a book to be read, to be believed, to be obeyed, to be enjoyed, a counsellor in perplexity, a solace in trial.
They saw a man who was master of that great gift, the plainest and simplest Anglo-Saxon speech, who preached with the single aim that all should understand, whether they would or not. He did not preach about "the drift of current theological thought," or about "a parallel between Paul's Epistles and the Dialectics of Aristotle," or about "the primordial germ," or about "the alleged use of two-tined forks among the prehistoric races." He had no literary or professional ambition. He used the English of Bunyan and of Abraham Lincoln.
They saw a man who spoke directly to the soul, who seemed to look into the heart of each person in the thousands before him, and talked with him as if the two were absolutely alone in the spiritual world. Once the writer heard him close a sermon in something like these words:
"Will you accept Christ?" "Well, I will think about it." "That is not the question. Will you accept Christ?" "I will go home and pray." "No, that is not the question. Will you accept Christ?" "I will leave off swearing." "No, that is not the question; will you accept Christ?"
And he pressed the question, till it seemed that no one in the great congregation could avoid deciding then and there the question of eternity.
Accompanying Mr. Spurgeon's Expositional style of preaching, the following has been said of his pulpit qualities:
"Mr. Spurgeon is pre-eminently the preacher of the people. The scholarly will drop in the hear Dr. Vaughn or Dr. Dykes; the intellectual gather about the pulpits of Liddon or Stanley; the lovers of oratory follow Punshon; but the crowd goes to the Tabernacle"
"Spurgeon is truly a poet, and without having heard him one cannot even form an idea of the richness and power of his conceptions, and thus, too, without even swerving from the simplicity which beseems the Christian pulpit, or the dignity which becomes a minister of Jesus Christ"
-The Freeman, March 14, 1860
"I beseech you never to cease to pray that here God's Word may be a quickening, a convincing, a converting word. The fact is, brethren, we must have conversion work here. We cannot go on as some Churches do without converts. We cannot, we will not, we must not, we dare not. Souls must be converted here, and if there be not many born to Christ, may the Lord grant to me that I may sleep in the tomb of my fathers and be heard of no more. Better indeed for us to die than to live, if sould be not saved"
-Charles H. Spurgeon
"He had mental faculty far in excess of the average. He did with ease, and spontaneously, mental feats which men of name struggle in vain to accomplish. Besides, he had what every large brain has not, large method and power of concentration. He could grasp the bearing of a subject, hold his theme well in hand, and display his thought like troops in a tactical movement"
-The Western Morning News, February 1, 1892
COLOSSIANS 3, 4:1-4
PSALMS 147: 1-20
JOHN 1: 1-34
1 JOHN 3:1-10
ROMANS 1: 20-21
MATTHEW 26: 26-30 1 CORINTHIANS 11:20-34
1 CHRONICLES 21:25-30 AND 22: 1-19
JOHN 19: 25-30
ECCLESIASTES 11 AND 12
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