Spurgeon On Infant Baptism – An Abomination!

I think I will let these words from Spurgeon stand without further comment from me. I'm probably already in enough hot water just for repeating them. Why, there are those who pretend to save souls by curious tricks, intricate manoeuvres, and dexterous posture-making! A basin of water, half-a-dozen drops, certain syllables—heigh, presto—the infant is made a child of God, a member of Christ, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven! This aqueous regeneration surpasses my belief; it is a trick whi … [Read more...]

Spurgeon – Conversions are God's Stamp of Approval on Preaching

I've been sharing a number of quotes from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner. Today I thought I'd share one which is quite striking. It argues that since conversion is a miracle, it is by a trail of such miracles we can know if someone is called to preach. "A new and heavenly mind must be created by omnipotence, or the man must abide in death. You see, then, that we have before us a mighty work, for which we are of ourselves totally incapable. No minister living can save a soul; nor can all of us … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Preaching to Stir Emotions

I have been quoting from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner a fair bit lately. He is like a breath of fresh air. O for God to raise an army of preachers who truly understand the point he makes in the following quote: "... to win a soul, it is necessary, not only to instruct our hearer, and make him know the truth, but to impress him so that he may feel it. A purely didactic ministry, which should always appeal to the understanding, and should leave the emotions untouched, would certainly be a limping … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the Gospel

I have recently shared a couple of quotes from The Soul Winner here and here, and a few years back I shared another bunch of them. Today I thought I'd share some great comments from Spurgeon about the gospel. "The gospel is a reasonable system, and it appeals to men's understanding; it is a matter for thought and consideration, and it appeals to the conscience and the reflecting powers. Hence, if we do not teach men something, we may shout, "Believe! Believe! Believe!" but what are they to … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Revivalism

A few days ago, I quoted from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner. I thought I would share another quote from that first chapter again today. It is interesting in the context of today that some argue against emotionalism in preaching, while others try and by human effort create an atmosphere. Spurgeon would disagree with both approaches: "Nor is it soul-winning, dear friends, merely to create excitement. Excitement will accompany every great movement. We might justly question whether the movement was … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Church Statistics

Spurgeon's book, The Soul Winner, is the kind of book you really need to read several times over the course of your life. I decided to dip into it once more over the summer, and read just the first chapter. It's a book I have recommended previously. I found the following quote which is interesting. He is speaking about how church growth statistics are indicative of something. I wonder how many Spurgeon lovers today would agree with his assessment of churches which are not growing by … [Read more...]

Spurgeon "Wins" Stolen Warnie Award

Well, there are no lengths that some people won't go to in order to honour their heroes. Spurgeon isn't even alive to thank him, but Phil Johnson has stolen the graphic he created for me and has unilaterally decided to award one to The Prince of Preachers.All I can say is that Spurgeon deserves it. With an output to rival any modern blogger, when Phil isn't creating graphics for the Web, writing MacArthur's books, or refusing to answer questions on cessationism, he is slowly placing all of … [Read more...]

Stewardship: entrusted with the gospel

Here are my notes from this mornings sermon.The audio is now available for download from the Jubilee Sermons website.Bible verses1 Cor 4:1-5; 2 Cor 5:9 6:4; Ro 1:15-17;1 Peter 3:15-16; 1Th 2:4; Col 1:25; 1 tim 1:11-12; Luke 12:48Now that we have been entrusted with the gospel what should we do? LOVE IT! LIVE IT! GIVE IT!There are few depictions of stewards in our modern culture an expception is the film the Lord of the Rings in some ways it is all about stewardship every character is … [Read more...]

What does true preaching look like?

Blogging is great for keeping us sharp and surely The SHEEP'S CRIB is determined to help all of us think clearly about preaching. Anyone who can read a raft of preaching posts by yours truly with as much attention to detail as he clearly has is worthy of a much better response than I am going to give tonight, but I get the feeling we may interact a lot about this in the coming weeks and months.This whole subject has been very much an exploration for me- we dont talk enough about preaching … [Read more...]

Books every Christian should read: The Soulwinner

Many years ago, I participated in a week of outreach led by Lex Loizidesat the end of the week he presented everyone with a copy of a paperback Christian book- C. H . Spurgeon's the soulwinner. Why that book you might well ask. Why would a book written during the Victorian era in London make my list of books every christian should read?Quite simply there is no book more calculated to unsettle us from our willingness to accept a form of chrisitanity that was as alien to Spurgeon as it was to … [Read more...]


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