Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892) was an influential preacher in England. He was the most popular preacher of his time and is still known as “the Prince of Preachers.” He came to faith in 1850 while listening to a preacher from Isaiah 45:22.
Spurgeon was baptized as a believer and began to serve in a Baptist church. In 1854, before he was 20 years old, he became the pastor of the New Park Street Chapel, a Baptist church in London.
Within a few weeks, many conversions resulted from Spurgeon’s preaching, and the church building could not accommodate the crowds. The congregation also outgrew several other venues until finally the Metropolitan Tabernacle, which seated 6,000, was built specifically for this purpose. Spurgeon preached there from 1861 to 1891, shortly before his death.
His sermons were printed in the London papers weekly. In addition to pastoring the church, Spurgeon started a pastor’s college and an orphanage, which are both still in operation today. Spurgeon also wrote prolifically (his collected sermons fill 63 volumes, the largest set of books by one author in the history of Christianity). His books "Lectures to My Students" and "Commenting and Commentaries" were the result of his work with students and both are still on the reading lists in modern seminaries. Spurgeon also published the Sword and Trowel magazine.
Spurgeon’s sermons were powerful and direct, but also contain elements of humor. Spurgeon was a pastor, evangelist, and careful expositor of Scripture. His sermons are still popular today and are noted for their combination of eloquence and down-to-earth applications.
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