The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon
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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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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
John from Anaheim5 Stars Out Of 5A Great Introduction to Charles SpurgeonAugust 7, 2015John from AnaheimQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Having heard Steven Lawson speak on Spurgeon's devotion to Calvinism and Evangelism as complementary, I was greatly intrigued. I ordered this book as my introduction to Spurgeon's life and the five book set of his sermons to gain even greater depth into the Evangelism of Calvinists.
This book is very accessible, and should be easily considered for readers from a 6th grade level on up. It was perhaps a little brief in several areas but it left me wanting more, which I would commend as a very good thing for any author to achieve, especially in a biography. Production quality is quite high for the price.
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