Hero of the Faith: Charles Spurgeon

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In today’s sermon I quote the eminent Baptist pastor, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  For those who are not familiar with Spurgeon, he is one of the most beloved preachers of all time, even over a hundred or so years after his death.  He pastored the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England until his death in the late 1800’s, a church of over 6,000 people.  Spurgeon is known as the “Prince of Preachers.”  I commend his books, sermons, biographies and devotions; they have been food for my soul.  I have been so blessed by his ministry that my son, Elijah, bears his name: Elijah Spurgeon.

Spurgeon is one of the pithiest, most quotable Christians that I know of.  The following quotes are taken from his sermons and books that deal with the first 2 chapters of Ephesians (what we’ve studied thus far):

“God is so boundlessly pleased with Jesus that in him he is altogether pleased with us.” (Eph 1:6)

“On earth he bleeds, in heaven he pleads.” (Eph 1:12)

“I would never believe that we were on the Lord’s side if all men were on our side.” (Eph 1:13, 14)

“When we shall see the dead rise from the grave by their own power, then may we expect to see ungodly sinners of their own free will turning to Christ … No sin, no corruption, no devils in hell nor sinners upon earth, can stay the hand of God’s grace when it intends to convert a man.  If God omnipotently says, ‘Thou shalt’, man shall not say, ‘I will not’.” (Eph 1:19, 20)

“He that has a clean heart will necessarily have clean hands.” (Eph 2:10)

“We write Jesus’ name upon our banner, for it is hell’s terror, heaven’s delight and earth’s hope.” (Eph 2:20)