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Revival Year Sermons: Preached at the Surrey Music Hall During 1859 Paperback – December 1, 1996
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Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century.
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How does a young preacher preach, sometimes as much as ten times in a week, and put together sermons of this caliber for the preaching? One thing, he was loyal to a theological scheme that he believed with all his heart to be correct: "The faithful minister must be plain, simple, pointed, with regard to these doctrines. There must be no dispute about whether he believes them or not" (p. 83.) The foundation and framework he never had to adjust; he worked on a solid floor enclosed in partitions already erected. That saves a lot of time. "After revising his early sermons for publication many years later, he wrote, `I was happy to find I had no occasion to alter any of the doctrines'" (p. 17.) Even on limited atonement, the most inflammatory point of all, he is shamelessly direct: "Nor do I think we can preach the gospel unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross" (p. 16.) But still, as the case should always be, Spurgeon's call to sinners was universal: "Oh, sinner, thy life is short, and death is hastening. Thy sins are many...Turn, turn, turn, I beseech thee" (p. 96.) Not surprisingly, he adds, "May the Holy Spirit turn thee." A preacher confirmed in the doctrine of total depravity cannot help but accent a need for the Spirit.
Revival Year Sermons is full of meaningful content. There is doctrine and uncompromising evangelism here, but also a good bit of history and experience. More particularly, there is an instructive speech on sovereignty and responsibility, those two `apparently contradictory' terms; advice on how to preach sin; encouragement for the called; fiery entreaties for those who might be called; and everything lit up by the `five great lights which radiate from the cross of Christ' (pp. 12, 13.)
Spurgeon's sermons must have been a wonder to behold and listen to as they seem divinely inspired. They have a majestic beauty to them and give you a renewed admiration for God. This book contains five powerful messages which discuss the everlasting covenant God has with man, election and the works of the Holy Spirit.
The sermons include:
The Story of God's Mighty Acts
The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant
The Necessity of the Spirit's Work
Predestination and Calling
The Minister's Farewell
These five sermons made me look at biblical truths in a new light. They are all compelling and easy to read in a few hours.
Thank you to the friend who sent me this book! :)
~The Rebecca Review