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The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon, Volume 1 edited by Christian T. George

The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume 1. His Earliest Outlines and Sermons Between 1851 and 1854. Edited by Christian George. Nashville: Broadman and Holman Academic, 2016. 560 pp. $59.99. Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

I have reviewed one other book, way back in 2009, by Christian George entitled GodologySince that time, George has become a renowned Spurgeon scholar and serves as the curator of The Spurgeon Library as well as assistant professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. You can read more at Spurgeon.org.

Summary

Divided into 2 parts over 560 pages, the first part offers an introduction to the book as well as the larger proposed 10-volume series. Here, the reader learns that though the sermons were never lost to history, they were lost to publishing history. In essence, George has set out to see the completion of what Spurgeon himself desired to accomplish though he had to abandon that attempt for reasons explained in his autobiography.

The second part which comprises the overwhelming majority of the text shares the sermons from notebook 1. This notebook contained some 77 sermons ranging from 85 words to 571 words. These were not the complete sermons as much as they were the outlines for the sermons preached between 1851-1854.

Review

These notes and outlines are heavily annotated with remarks by Christian George that offer insight and explanations into what he was saying or why he corrected a text. Each sermon shows a facsimile on the facing page that shows precisely what Spurgeon wrote in his own hand with his own dip pen. George has done the reader the service of transcribing (and in some cases translating!) what Spurgeon wrote.

A definite modern adaptation to this resource is found on pages 34-45 offering pie charts and graphs and word clouds that break down all of the information found within the 77 sermons. From word counts to percentages of sermons found in various testaments and books of the Bible to the distances Spurgeon would travel in order to preach.

All of this adds another layer to those interested in the Prince of Preachers. My one contention is the use of the glossy paper as it makes writing your own notes nearly impossible (and certainly impossible with a dip or a fountain pen of which Spurgeon would be appalled 🙂 ).

Recommendation

My hope is this new publication, and the yet to be published remaining 9 volumes will introduce a new generation to the power of the preached word through one of the greatest pastors of any generation. This first volume deserves a wide readership and a prominent place in any pastor’s library. My prayer is that the Lord would use this series to raise up a new generation of preachers passionate for God’s glory as revealed in His Word specifically through the proclamation of it in the local pulpit.

The Greatest Fight in the World by C. H. Spurgeon

Greatest FightSpurgeon, Charles Haddon. The Greatest Fight in the Word – The Final Manifesto. Scotland: Christian Focus Publishing, 2014. 128 pp. $8.99. Purchase at Westminster Books for less or for Kindle for $0.99.

Introduction

I have reviewed a few of Spurgeon’s writings in the past and have always found him to be edifying. This particular “manifesto” was the final address he gave to the students at the Pastors College before he died.

Summary

Tom Nettles offers a lengthy foreword that offers the context of this particular address that helps to frame the importance of why “this” is the greatest fight in the world.  The “this” is the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Spurgeon split the message into three parts: Our Armoury, Our Army, and Our Strength.

Review

He spends more than half the work discussing our armoury which is the Bible. Next, he discusses the army. That is, those who are members of the local church and how we are, in essence, the officers in the army and are to act as such when preaching all the while we are looking to the Chief Officer (my wording) for our marching orders.

Finally, and he states most importantly, he looks to the importance of where our strength lies.  Obviously, this is in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Though he spends less than 1/3 of the work describing our strength, the final 9 pages are pure gold and will only have its fullest effect on the reader if the message is read from beginning to end.

Furthermore, this is one of those works where you read the foreword and the introduction one evening and then you read the main body the next.

What makes this work all the better is that it contains the mature thoughts of Spurgeon, who had spent his entire adult life in the pulpit. Here we see the thoughts of a seasoned veteran and one who had fought the good fight for years. As he looks back on his time at the end of his life, he proclaims a battle cry for the weary soldier that should be heeded all the more today.

Recommendation

If you are a pastor, you need to read this manifesto. If you are thinking about going into the ministry, you ought to read this work. If you are serious about the gospel of Jesus Christ, then you, too, will find something in this manifesto that will appeal to the urgency of the work at hand.

I highly recommend The Greatest Fight in the World to everyone!

 

 

Christ’s Glorious Achievements by C.H. Spurgeon

Christs Glorious AchievementsSpurgeon, C.H.  Christ’s Glorious Achievements Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2014.  168 pp.  $12.00.  Purchase at Westminster for less or Kindle for $0.99.

Introduction

I have reviewed a number of works by C.H. Spurgeon and have always found him to be very applicable to today.  This particular book was originally published in 1877 as part of the Spurgeon’s Shilling Series.  The Banner of Truth Trust has republished it with a new foreward by Michael Reeves.

Summary

This work looks at 7 different facets of what Christ accomplished in His life, death, burial, and resurrection.  Spurgeon was not a verse by verse preacher.  Rather, he would preach topically and as the Lord would move him throughout the week.  This compilation of sermons (I do not know when they were preached and whether or not they were part of a series) begins with Christ being the end of the law and moves to his conquering Satan through His death.

As Spurgeon continues to lay the foundation of our victory in Christ, he turns next to how Christ overcame the world and is the maker of all things new.  The next two chapters look at at Christ as the spoiler of principalities and powers and the destroyer of death.  The final chapter is an open call to the gospel and how it is Christ alone who came to seek and to save the lost.

Review

As with anything Spurgeon wrote or preached, there is much encouragement found in these pages.  What is more, the message, because it is centered on the Person of Christ, is a timeless message and one that is applicable to every Christian in every age.  His sermon on Christ the maker of all things new is one of great worth as the believer is exhorted to look to Christ and to know that because of what Christ has accomplished in the miracle of conversion we can honestly say we were not who we once were.

Further, Spurgeon explains that sin has lost its power in our lives and therefore we no longer must serve this harsh taskmaster.  In the end, the reader will find that a life lived to the glory of Christ is a life well lived.  There is a reason why Spurgeon was called the “Prince of Preachers” and reading this short work will offer great insight as to why.

Recommendation

This is one of those works that will be read more than once.  I can see the saint reading this once a year for a week (7 sermons, 1 week, timeless edification) just to be reminded once more what Christ has achieved.  I recommend this small little book to all Christians and for less than a dollar on Kindle, see no reason why Christians should not add this to their library.

Advice for Seekers by Charles H. Spurgeon

Advice for SeekersSpurgeon, Charles H.  Advice for Seekers.  Green Forest: Attic Books, 2013.  142 pp.  $14.99.  Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for as low as $.99.

Introduction

I have reviewed a number of Spurgeon’s books in the past.  To make this even more sweet, this particular book is part of the Attic Books label under Master Books.  You can read about the other Attic Books here.

Summary

Spurgeon needs no introduction and neither does his zeal for evangelism.  In Advice for Seekers, Spurgeon penned a short treatise for those wanting to know more about the gospel of Jesus Christ and in the words of the jailer, what they must do to be saved.  He begins by explaining that you cannot save yourself.  He offers the open invitation to all and then encourages the seeker to continue seeking.  In the end, he explains how one is saved through faith in Christ alone.

Review

Can I add anything to what has already been said about Spurgeon?  I hardly doubt it!  Nor can I say anything negative in what he has written in this work.  In this day and age of “seeker sensitive” churches and people-centered, psychologically-based evangelism, Advice for Seekers is welcome addition to the conversation.  Originally published after Spurgeon’s death in 1896, this reprint shows the importance of the old message of salvation unchanging in its practical application.  The glory of this work is the foundation laid with Biblical precept after Biblical precept.

By the time you read Advice for Seekers you will have a solid, biblical foundation for evangelizing the lost as well as a handy book-length tract to offer anyone seriously considering the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Recommendation

This books deserves to be on every Christian’s bookshelf.  You can buy a number of copies and have them ready to give away to those who are genuinely seeking salvation in Christ.  Spurgeon was a man of God used to advance the Kingdom of God during his lifetime.  Advice for Seekers continues that advancement for today.

Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks by Thomas Brooks

Brooks, Thomas.  Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks: Selections from the Writings of Thomas Brooks by C.H. Spurgeon.  Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2011.  204 pp.  $11.00.  Purchase at Westminster for $8.25.

Introduction/Summary

This book is difficult to summarize as you will see in a few moments.  Thus, I have decided to introduce it and summarize it at the same time.  I first encountered this book while reading the two volume Charles Spurgeon autobiography.  I remembered thinking how having Spurgeon’s selections of Thomas Brooks’ sayings would be enlightening to read.  I was correct.  If I recall properly, Spurgeon started compiling these for his wife, Susannah.  What is now published in this edition is what Spurgeon published in the 19th century.

In essence, this book is 192 pages of little quotes, sayings, illustrations, and phrases of Thomas Brooks selected from his 6-volume set.

Review

Do not read this book with a pen in hand.  You will basically be underling everything!  Each little quip, phrase, or illustration will draw you into meditation upon the Lord.  You can quite literally open the book to any page and begin reading and you will find your heart moved to praise and worship or repentance or, well, you get the idea.  I could not put the book down, except when I wanted to stop and pray, which made for some late nights.  Reading Smooth Stones also gave some insight into how Spurgeon himself thought.

Recommendation

I thoroughly enjoyed Smooth Stones and I believe you will, too.  If you know someone who has never read the Puritans, this book would make an excellent introduction.  Even more, it can be used as a sort of mini-devotional throughout your day.  The book is small enough to fit into a briefcase or purse and, unlike the Bible where context is king, would offer great meditative thoughts to chew on during your day.  (I am not saying this should supplant your Bible reading!)

 

Newest Puritan Paperback: Smooth Stones from Ancient Brooks

Introducing

THE NEWEST PURITAN PAPERBACK

 

Smooth Stones REVISEDSmooth Stones Taken From Ancient Brooks

Selections from the Writings of

Thomas Brooks

by C.H. Spurgeon

 

“As a writer, Brooks scatters stars with both his hands: he hath dust of gold; in his storehouse are all manner of precious stones.”  So wrote C.H. Spurgeon in his Preface to this book.  He counted Thomas Brooks among his favourite Puritan authors, and it is not hard to see why.  Brooks’ popularity lies both in his subjects – practical truths, central to the Christian life – and in the manner of his presentation.  He is ever direct, urgent, fervent, full of Scripture, and able to choose words which make his sentences stick in one’s mind.
This book is a collection of sentences, illustrations, and quaint sayings from this renowned Puritan.  Gathered by Spurgeon out of the 6 volume set of Brooks’ Works, it remains an excellent introduction to both the man and his writings.
Selections from the Writings of Thomas Brooks
by C.H. Spurgeon
978-1-84871-1136 … 204 pages … $11.00 (U.S.); £5.75 (U.K.)
Enjoy These Selections from
Smooth Stones Taken From Ancient Brooks:
“Sin is bad in the eye, worse in the tongue, worse still in the heart, but worst of all in the life.”
“O how strong is grace!  How victorious over sin, how dead to the world, how alive to Christ, how fit to live, and how prepared to die, might many a Christian have become had they been more frequent, serious, and conscientious in the discharge of closet duties!”
“There is no time yours but the present time, no day yours but the present day; therefore, do not please and feed yourselves with hopes of time to come; that you will repent, but not yet; and lay hold on mercy, but not yet; and give yourselves up to the Lord next week, next month, or next year; for that God who has promised you mercy and favour upon the day of your return, has not promised to prolong your lives till that day comes.”
“There is no such way to attain to greater measures of grace, as for a man to live up to that little grace he has.”
“A sincere heart weeps and laments bitterly over those secret and inward corruptions, which others will scarcely acknowledge to be sins.”
“A murmurer is an ungodly man: he is an ungodlike man; no man on earth more unlike to God than the murmurer; and therefore no wonder if, when Christ comes to execute judgment, he deals severely and terribly with him.  Let him make what profession he will of godliness; yet if murmuring keeps the throne in his heart, Christ will deal with him at last as with ungodly sinners.”
“I think that oftentimes men charge that upon the devil which ought to be charged upon their own hearts.”
“A lazy Christian will always want four things — comfort, content, confidence, and assurance.  Assurance and joy are choice donatives that Christ gives to laborious Christians only.  The lazy Christian has his mouth full of complaints, when the active Christian has his heart full of comforts.”
“True repentance is a gift that is from above; and if the Lord does not give it, man will eternally perish for the want ot it.”

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Commentary on Matthew by Charles H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon, Charles Haddon. Commentary on Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2010. 448 pp. $29.00. Purchase at Westminster Books for $20.30.

Introduction

Seriously, Spurgeon does not need an introduction! But, for those who have never met this saint of old, He lived from 1834 until his untimely, and early, death in 1892. He pastored at New Park Street Chapel in London until the church had to move to a new location due to the large size of the congregation. This church is now the famous Metropolitan Tabernacle. On many Sunday’s he would preach to roughly 10,000 people.

From the dust jacket of the book: This is a newly typeset edition of the only commentary on a complete New Testament book ever written by C.H. Spurgeon. Originally published as The Gospel of the Kingdom, it was largely written during the last days of the great preacher’s life. ‘Such words acquire a solemnity and pathos with which nothing else could invest them’, wrote Mrs. Susannah Spurgeon when first introducing the volume in 1893 shortly after the death of her husband.

Summary

While his Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermon series is perhaps his most famous work (it is 63 volumes!), this book is not like any of those. The commentary is separated into pericopes (a theological term describing sections of Scripture) with a paragraph or two of Spurgeon’s notes.

The book is rather large at 448 pages but it reads rather quickly. He deals with each verse individually after first offering a sentence or two on the passage being studied at length. What you will not get is a discussion of the Greek text or the historical criticism of a passage. You won’t even be allowed to peer into the conversation regarding the use of heaven and earth in the gospel of Matthew. What you will get is a man’s heart that has been warmed by the gospel fire for a lifetime.

His thoughts are pastoral and much needed today. I rather like the quote by Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the back of the jacket: “Spurgeon always provides a solid meal and sustenance on which one can live…Never was the truth he preached and proclaimed, in such a winsome and powerful manner, more needed than today.” All I can say is Amen!

Review

What I enjoyed most about this commentary is that it was not written by a theologian who writes commentaries during his life. Rather, this commentary was written at the end of Spurgeon’s life and draws from a lifetime of study and preaching. It is almost as though Spurgeon sat down at the end of his life and began reading in Matthew about what eternity was going to look like as he was assuredly anticipating the end of his own pilgrimage to the celestial city.

Recommendation

Do not purchase this book to set with your commentaries on Matthew. If you purchase this book, you need to read it. Not because it is Charles Spurgeon, but because it is written by a saintly pastor who spent most of his entire life preaching the gospel (he became a pastor at the age of 17). What you have in Spurgeon’s commentary on Matthew is an elder seeking to impart the wisdom learned from the Lord over a lifetime to anyone willing to listen. We all should listen.

Majesty in Misery, 3 Vol. by C.H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon, Charles H. Majesty in Misery: 3 Volumes.  Edinburgh:  Banner of Truth, 2005.  983 pp.  Each book sells for $24.00.  Each book can be purchased for $16.80 at Westminster Books.

Introduction

Does C.H. Spurgeon really need an introduction?  If so, he lived from 1834-1892 in England.  He has been called the Prince of Preachers and has the largest volume of writings extant today by any one author due to the publication of his Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit which is a publication featuring all of his sermons.  There are numerous quality websites not the least of which is the Spurgeon Archive run by Phillip R. Johnson.

Summary

The Majesty in Misery series is a collection of Spurgeon’s sermons brought together to speak to one topic–the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  The first volume looks at the Garden of Gethsemane and consists of 19 sermons.  Judgment Hall, the second volume, looks at the time from Jesus’ arrest to his taking up his cross on the road to Calvary.  Over the course of another 19 sermons, the reader will be brought to tears reading how the Christ submitted himself to the authority of man for a time so that we may have Life.

The final volume of the three part series is entitled Calvary’s Mournful Mountain. This time there are 25 sermons included making this the largest though perhaps most important volume of the three.  As you read these messages, you will see why Spurgeon loved Christ so much and why Spurgeon’s congregation (and listeners) grew to love Christ in like manner.

Review

Though the language is a bit different from what we regularly use in the United States, the messages in each will prove edifying to the soul.  The joy of reading (and “sitting under” the teaching) one of the greatest pastors to ever grace a pulpit is both a challenge and payoff.  There is no arguing that the Lord used Spurgeon mightily.  After reading these 3 volumes, you will understand why.

I greatly appreciated having the sermons from throughout Spurgeon’s service as a minister brought together in one location on one specific topic–the Passion of Jesus Christ.  Each sermon is also cross-referenced with the numbering system that has come to define most of Spurgeon’s sermons.

Recommendation

While picking up a 3 volume set of books is not feasible for many, I would highly recommend picking up a book at a time and make reading Spurgeon one of your goals in 2011.  If I could choose one volume to recommend, I would offer volume 3 as that is the most profound of the three and will certainly cause much rejoicing at what it cost God to save for Himself a people…those who call on the name of Jesus.

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From RHB’s blog, Reformation Heritage Book Talk:

A dynamic collection of classic sermons from the Prince of Preachers! Written in 1854 just five years after his conversion, these memorable messages reflect Spurgeon’s considerable gifts: word pictures, pointed applications, concern for people, and a heart for God. Preachers will value these early messages as excellent models, and laypeople will enjoy them as devotional reading. Three hardcovers.

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