Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Prince of Preachers

From time to time, as I read some books throughout the year, I find it necessary to pass it along too others. This little 30 page book written by John Piper on the preaching ministry of CH Spurgeon, was very insightful.
Charles Spurgeon, lived to be only 57 years old, and yet he impacted many in his time in preaching and teaching the Bible in London, England from 1854 at the age of 19 to the time of his death in 1892. 38 years of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is said that Spurgeon preached some 3600 sermons, and wrote 49 volumes of commentaries, illustrations, devotions, and anecdotes.
This little book was not an exhaustive explanation of the wide reach of his ministry; though, it is estimated that he preached to over 10 million people in his ministry life span. This little book was focused on perseverance. The adversity of everyday life hits everyone, and Spurgeon was not immune too the difficulties and trials of adversity. The good news of how he dealt with it, was not in quick remedies of self help, self healing; but upon the sovereign will of God. He knew that even his difficulties, weakness, and setbacks that God was good and just. God's allowance of certain trails in his life were means for God's glory. For Spurgeon himself said of them, "It would be a very sharp and trying experience to me to think that I have an affliction which God never sent me, that the bitter cup was never filled by His hand, that my trails were never measured out by Him, nor sent too me by His arrangement of their weight and quantity." 
I would encourage any vocational minister too read this. Especially those within the office of teaching and preaching. I would also give this book over too anyone who needs additional reason for God's grace within the afflictions of this life.