Charles Spurgeon

June 26th, 2008

I have been reading about some of the old time preachers lately. One person that I have a few books from in my bookshelf is Charles Spurgeon. This morning I thought I would find out a bit more about him.

Something I didn’t know was that he was saved in 1850 at the age of 15 when a snow storm forced him to take shelter in his local church. He said on that day “God opened his heart to the salvation message.”

One year later he preached his first sermon and with no formal education he was called to Pastor a small Baptist church at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. Just two years after that he was asked to take on the pastorate of London’s famed New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.

I don’t know about you, but the thought of being saved at the age of 15 and then being in charge of one of the biggest churches in town at the age of 20 is amazing!

One quote from Spurgeon shows me he understood the task of evangelism…

“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies, and if they perish, let them perish with our arms around their knees imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let no one go there unwarned or unprayed for.”

Spurgeon really was an amazing man who brought many people to Christ. I pray that God will raise up modern day Spurgeon’s to continue His work.