The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon  -     By: Steven J. Lawson
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Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenthcenturyLondon, is remembered today as "the prince ofpreachers." However, the strength of Spurgeon's ministrywent far beyond simple rhetorical skill. With a foundationalcommitment to the Bible, Spurgeon fearlessly taught thedoctrines of grace and tirelessly held forth the free offer ofsalvation in Jesus Christ. In short, he was a firm believer in thetruth of the gospel and the power of the gospel to save.

In The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, new from ReformationTrust Publishing, author Steven J. Lawson explores Spurgeon'sfascinating life and ministry, showing how he clung to the gospelin every venue of life and ministry, teachingit constantly even amid controversy andpersonal suffering.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 145
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
ISBN: 156769280X
ISBN-13: 9781567692808
Availability: In Stock
Series: Long Line of Godly Men

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Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenth-century London, is remembered today as "the prince of preachers." However, the strength of Spurgeon's ministry went far beyond simple rhetorical skill. In The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, new from Reformation Trust Publishing, author Steven J. Lawson shows that Spurgeon fearlessly taught the doctrines of grace and tirelessly held forth the free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. In thirty-eight years as pastor of the congregation meeting at the New Park Street Chapel and later the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon propounded Calvinistic theology with precision and clarity. Yet he always accompanied it with a passionate plea for sinners to come to Christ and be saved. Lawson traces these twin points of emphasis throughout Spurgeon's long, fruitful ministry, showing also that he preached Christ crucified without apology and looked to the Holy Spirit for success in all his endeavors.

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Adherents of Reformed theology have long had the unfortunate reputation of being unconcerned for men's souls. Missionary William Carey was purportedly once told that "When God pleases to convert the heathen, He'll do it without consulting you or me." This kind of thinking stands in stark contrast to the evangelistic heart of Charles Spurgeon.

In The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, Steven J. Lawson does an excellent job of showing how Spurgeon's early life and conversion were the nucleus of his passion for seeing sinners brought to Christ. He also makes clear that Spurgeon's doctrinal beliefs were derived first from the Scriptures and not merely from the teaching of the Reformers, taking time to explore Spurgeon's foundational commitment to scripture. Having said that, it is also important to understand that Spurgeon believed that there "is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified unless we preach what is nowadays called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the Gospel and nothing else" (p. 38). Chapter 3 gives a helpful overview of the main tenants of Calvinism, and how they shaped Spurgeon's gospel focus. The book also discusses several aspects of Spurgeon's evangelistic method, including his clear invitations for sinners to repent, in contrast to the Hyper-Calvinist views prevalent in his day, and illustrated in the above anecdote about William Carey.

I especially appreciated Dr. Lawson's inclusion of material related to Spurgeon's underlying trust in the Holy Spirit for the whole of his gospel ministry. He covers six different convictions Spurgeon held as to the role of the Spirit in his study, in his life, and in his shepherding and teaching. "In short, Spurgeon believed that his entire ministry was subject to the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit" (p. 122). Steve Lawson provides an engaging account of Spurgeon's focus and ministry, and leaves the reader eager not only to learn more, but to know by experience more of Spurgeon's passion for the gospel. - Pamela Glass, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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