Oct 19, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Preacher Feature: Charles H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 - 1892) is known to this day as the "Prince of Preachers." Recognized quickly as a prodigy of sermon exposition, Spurgeon became pastor at London's New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) at the age of 19, where he served until his death 38 years later. Often controversial, Spurgeon lived a colorful, if not short, life; but his thousands of collected sermons and written works still inspire pastors and laity well into the 21st century. [Image on right: an early photo of Charles Haddon Spurgeon from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.]

In his nearly 40 years of ministry, Spurgeon became the most famous preacher of his day. Some have estimated that over 10,000,000 people heard him preach; yet, he was much more than mere religious celebrity. As J. G. G. Norman notes in the New International Dictionary of the Christian Church,

He read widely and especially loved the seventeenth-century Puritans. A diverse author, he wrote biblical expositions, lectures to students, hymns, and the homely philosophy of “John Ploughman,” among other works. Preeminently he was a preacher. His clear voice, his mastery of Anglo-Saxon, and his keen sense of humor, allied to a sure grasp of Scripture and a deep love for Christ, produced some of the noblest preaching of any age. His sermons have been printed and distributed throughout the world. Two popular works still widely used today are Treasury of David and Morning and Evening, the latter a compilation of devotional readings.

Many do not realize that Charles Spurgeon’s legacy goes beyond his thousands of recorded sermons still read today. In 1868, Spurgeon founded Stockwell Orphanage, which still operates today as a child advocacy charity, Spurgeon’s Child Care. In 1856, Spurgeon opened The Pastors’ College in London. After his death, it was renamed Spurgeon’s College.

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Above: Spurgeon preaching at Surrey Music Hall from Parade of Faith: A Biographical History of the Christian Church

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a larger-than-life figure in his day; but even after his death, he continues to impact the lives of others—not only through his writings, but also through the institutions which he founded.

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Spurgeon Sermon Collection

Collection of Spurgeon's sermons preached between 1855 and 1917. Later published as the Park Street Pulpit and Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, this massive collection contains over 3,500 sermons.


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Exploring Spurgeon-cover

Exploring the Mind & Heart of the Prince of Preachers

Exploring the Mind and Heart of the Prince of Preachers is a compendium of over 5,000 illustrations and anecdotes sorted under more than 1,000 topical headings drawn from the sermons and writings of the most prolific Christian writer of all time.


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The Treasury of David

Charles Spurgeon’s massive work provides verse-by-verse exposition of the Psalms, along with insights from other commentators and theologians, as well as Spurgeon’s “hints to preachers.” Formerly only available with a package.


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Spurgeon's Sermons on Proverbs

This module includes 44 sermons on Proverbs preached by Charles Spurgeon between between 1856 and 1916.  This is a great reference for anyone doing a study on Proverbs. Formerly only available with a package.


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