CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON was born on the 19th June 1834, at Kelvedon, Essex, England. His parents were Christians. Together they worshipped at the Congregational Church. His father and grandfather were both Ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
CONTINUE THE LINE
Charles would eventually continue the line and become an outstanding Preacher of the Bible the Living Word of God. His inspired and anointed preaching ministry would touch and bless countless people from every strata and level. Many thousands would come into a personal knowledge of saving faith in, through and by believing and receiving the Lord Jesus as Saviour and Lord of their lives.
In his formative teenage years Charles was very impressed with spiritual and divine matters. He was troubled by things eternal and increasingly disturbed by sin in his personal life. After several years in this condition of conviction he was to meet a wonderful old man with a unique method of preaching.
POSITIVE PRIMITIVE PREACHER
At the age of fifteen Charles Spurgeon found himself sat in the gallery of a little Methodist Chapel. The preacher that day was an elderly man, who knew and loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all his heart. He was uneducated by the world’s standards but rich in his knowledge of God’s great Salvation.
He gave all he had to give in his preaching that day.
POSITIVE PERSONAL PREACHING
With the Primitive Methodist preacher what you saw is what you got. His text was Isaiah 45:22 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”
SPURGEON IS SAVED
Here is his recollection of the occasion. ‘When the preacher had managed to go on and spin out the text for ten minutes or so, he was at the end of his tether. Then he looked at me up in the gallery, and I daresay, with so few present knew me to be a stranger. Just fixing his eyes on me, as if he knew my heart, he said, “Young man you look very miserable.” Well I did; but I had not been accustomed to have remarks made from the pulpit on my personal appearance before. However, it was a good blow, struck right home. He continued “and you always will be miserable: if you don’t obey my text; but if you obey now, this moment, you will be saved.” Then, lifting up his hands, he shouted , as only a Primitive Methodist could do, “Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! ‘Look Unto Me!’ You have nothin’ to do but look and live.”
I saw at once the Way of Salvation.
SAVED TO SERVE THE SAVIOUR
From that marvellous moment in the gallery Spurgeon was obedient and committed to Jesus. His life was to touch thousands of people through his marvellous preaching, his sermons retained their power even when put into print. The power of the Gospel is not muted in any way in his writings and many books.
His preaching was blessed of God because he was thoroughly devoted and committed to a Biblical and expository ministry. He was of man of the Word. Crowds came regularly to hear his ministry. At the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, which seated six thousand people he was indeed and in word ‘A Prince in the Pulpit.’ Natural and colourful gifts of oratory made truth come alive.
EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE
Spurgeon had a delightful sense of humour, on one occasion his godly mother said to him, “Ah Charles! I often prayed the Lord to make you a Christian, but I never asked that you became a Baptist” He could not resist the temptation to reply, “Ah, mother! The Lord has answered your prayer with his usual bounty, and given you exceedingly abundantly above what you asked or thought.”