- From the Prince of Preachers
Lectures to My Students consists of many outstanding addresses by the great C. H. Spurgeon, delivered to the students of "The Pastors' College," (which he founded in 1856), of the Metropolitan Tabernacle.
This work consists of three volumes, the first two volumes featuring 23 lectures that focus on the different aspects of preaching a sermon, and the call to ministry. The third volume, better known as the Art of Illustration, discusses Illustrations and Anecdotes and how to weave them into a sermon.
About the Author
Few people in history can be known by one name and have it ring true with their audience, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon is one of them. Over time, Spurgeon has become known and revered as the "Prince of Preachers". In the last 200 years he has been one of the most influential men for not only Preachers of the Gospel but for those who have not had the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel message. He wrote tirelessly over his life, and Wordsearch Bible Software is committed to bring as many of Spurgeon's works as possible to you in electronic form.
The details of Charles Haddon Spurgeon's life still continue to amaze one and all. He was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England, on June 19, 1834. He accepted Christ in 1850 at the age of 15. By age 16, he preached his first sermon in 1851, and by age 20, Spurgeon had already preached over 600 sermons. In 1854, Spurgeon was asked to become pastor of the New Park Street Chapel, one of the sixth largest Baptist Churches in London.
The 1200 seat Chapel had previously been pastored by Dr. John Gill among others, and it carried a rich heritage with it. Although the Church was located in the midst of a filthy industrial district which was hard to reach, by 1855, it was obvious that the Church must start meeting at the Exter Hall while the Church building was expanded. When the expansion was completed, it still was too small and the congregation was forced to start meeting at the Surrey Music Hall. By 1856, over 10,000 people would crowd the hall just to get a chance to hear Spurgeon preach a sermon.
To accommodate the growing number of people, the church voted to build a new sanctuary and to change the name of the Church to the Metropolitan Tabernacle. On March 31, 1861, the first service was held in the sanctuary, with a capacity of 5,600 was the largest non-conformist church in the world.
When Spurgeon came to New Park Street in 1854 it had a membership of just 232 members. By the end of 1891, 14,460 souls had been baptized and added to the church with a standing membership of 5311. Spurgeon ministered there for over 30 years. It is estimated that over his lifetime he preached to over 10,000,000 people.
Here the wit and wisdom of Spurgeon are seen at their best
Mr Spurgeon has selected topics of practical importance such as the call to the ministry, the preachers private prayer, sermon matter, the arrangement of the voice, impromptu speech, the choice of a text, and the like; and on each and all of the themes thus taken up he has much to say that is worth hearing, and he says it in a way that at once enlists the readers attention. Every point is illustrated in a forcible, homely style, and pulpit anecdotes of the most interesting character abound in these pages.
Truly admirable—pointed, hearty, practical, pithy, and full of good sense, while the spirit breathed is always that of manly piety and wise Christian zeal.
The very best of Mr. Spurgeon's work and the very best things that he says, are to be found in these lectures. We have read them with delight. They are full of weighty spiritual counsel, of common-sense, of humour. When the lecturer is addressing his audience upon the Holy Spirit in connection with our ministry, no one will find a sentence to excite a smile. The reader is borne down by a sense of grave spiritual realities. When we come to 'Open-Air Preaching' we have more common-sense in a page than many men exhibit in a lifetime, while the lectures on 'Position, Action, Gesture, &c.' with their illustrations, are brimful of humour.
I've always loved Charles Spurgeon for his plainspokenness, his courage, his enthusiasm for the Word of God, his love for the truth, his command of the English language, and his ability to use simple, vivid language to make difficult truths inescapably clear.
This indispensable work covers every facet of the pastors life, including his calling, preparation for the ministry, visitation program, private and public prayer life, methods of preaching, use of illustrations and so on. Deserves careful reading once a year.
One day I heard a friend say, "I write my sermons, then I read Spurgeon to see how he dealt with the text." The Prince of Preachers is still head of the class.