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Charles H. Spurgeon

Evangelicals have admired the preaching and writing of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) for well over one hundred and fifty years. Often called “The Prince of Preachers” and “England’s greatest preacher,” Spurgeon’s amazing ability to preach and inspire would hold thousands spellbound for hours in London&rsqu...

Evangelicals have admired the preaching and writing of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) for well over one hundred and fifty years. Often called “The Prince of Preachers” and “England’s greatest preacher,” Spurgeon’s amazing ability to preach and inspire would hold thousands spellbound for hours in London’s largest evangelical church, the Metropolitan Tabernacle.  It has been estimated that he preached to upwards of 10 million people. He started serving at age 20 and preached for the same church until his death 38 years later.

Charles Spurgeon was one of the great advocates of church independence in England and was a strong leader in the Reformed Baptist tradition. He was controversial in his resistance to new trends in Biblical criticism and insisted “The Gospel of Christ would not be downgraded.” He eschewed titles and ecclesiastical dress and preferred a “platform” to a pulpit. He believed strongly in evangelism for the common people and his sermons were often about conversion.  He appealed to the audience to repent and come to Christ. Though he did not do altar calls, he nevertheless would open his study on Mondays to all who believed God was calling them, and would present many new believers to the church for membership each week.

Spurgeon’s sermons were printed and distributed widely during his life and copied by preachers all over the world. He prepared many notes, but usually ascended the platform with only a note card in his hand. The sermons were transcribed and then edited and printed, accompanied by extensive exegetical notes he had prepared on all the relevant passages he was preaching from. They were widely circulated and still remain one of the all-time best-selling sets of writings by a single author in publishing history.

During his lifetime, Spurgeon authored of a vast number of other works beyond his sermons, including an autobiography, commentaries, devotionals, magazines, poetry, hymns and more. In his later life he was intensely devoted to prayer and often stated that exercising the prayer habit was as necessary as moving the lungs in breathing. He also wrote authored hymns and wrote about their importance. His devotional works are among his best-known writings to this day.

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