Charles H Spurgeon
According to Charles H Spurgeon, "There is a general kind of prayer which fails for lack of precision. It is as if a regiment of soldiers should all fire their guns anywhere. Possibly somebody would be killed, but the majority of the enemy would be missed."
Our prayers, he said, may be very beautiful in appearance and might appear to be the very paragon of devotion, but unless there is a secret spiritual force in them, they are vain things.
Charles H Spurgeon was the most popular English preacher in the nineteenth century. He was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England in 1834. Though C H Spurgeon grew up in the knowledge and understanding of Christianity, as both his father and grandfather were pastors, he was not converted until 1850. He preached his first sermon to a small gathering of farmers in August of the same year and a year later was called to pastor a village church. In 1854 in his nineteenth year, he was installed as shepherd over the flock of the New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, London, which was later to become the Metropolitan Tabernacle.
Spurgeon published his first sermon in January 1855, a practice which continued until 1916, twenty-four years after his death. During his pastorate at London, Spurgeon ministered to a congregation of almost 6,000 people each Sunday. It is said that he published his sermons weekly, wrote a monthly magazine, and founded a college for pastors, two orphanages, an old-folks home, a colportage society, and several mission stations. He continued to preach the gospel until his death in January,1892. History has it that over 100,000,000 copies of his sermons have been sold and more than 150 years after his death his sermons continue to gain popularity.
Charles H Spurgeon - A Leader Indeed
Friends, many of educated men and women loved to hear Charles Spurgeon, even when there were intellectual differences. C H Spurgeon was a rare commodity and we can say that not many people did set forth the claims of Christ to men's love and service with such winning tenderness and such and with such clarity as Charles H Spurgeon. Surely, uncountable is the number of weary toilers in the working and lower middle classes have been brightened and idealized by the light from the realm of faith to which he introduced them to. He definately remains one of the great harvestors of his time. He convinced multitudes of struggling people, in the midst of a life which everything tended to belittle, that their character and career were a matter of infinite concern to the Power who made them, that they could not afford to treat sin lightly, or to throw themselves away as though they were of no account.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon; he trully bore fruit and fruit that continues to last. (John 15:16)