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10/06/2010 / John Hanna

Sunday Prep

This is how Charles Spurgeon summarised what he believed the matter of a sermon should be:

Of all I wish to say this is the sum; my brethren, preach Christ, always and evermore. He is the whole gospel. His person, offices, and work must be our one great, all-comprehending theme. The world needs still to be told of its Saviour, and of the way to reach him. Justification by faith should be far more than it is the daily testimony of Protestant pulpits; and if with this master-truth there should be more generally associated the other great doctrines of grace, the better for our churches and our age.

~ Lectures to My Students (Chapter 5: “Sermons — Their Matter”)


Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) was converted at the age of 16. He preached his first sermon, from 1 Peter 2:7, in 1851 at 16 and became pastor of the Church in Waterbeach in 1852. Later he became pastor of the Baptist Church of New Park Street, Sotuhwark, London, and managed the Pastor’s College and the Stockwell Orphanage. Called the “Prince of Preachers” and “A Master Pulpiteer,” he published more than 1.900 different sermons during his lifetime.

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