Charles Haddon Spurgeon, known as the “Prince of Preachers,” was one of the most influential preachers of the nineteenth century. His writings and messages are considered among the best in Christian literature. This collection contains 45 sermons that were meant to be published in volume 63/64 of the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit. Publication was halted due to a lack of materials as a result of the First World War. The collection also reintroduces 28 sermons from Spurgeon’s early years preaching at New Park Street.
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This upgrade collection is a companion to the New Park Street Pulpit and a supplement to the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, both part of The Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection (63 vols.).
Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England on June 19, 1834. He converted to Christianity in 1850 at a small Methodist chapel, to which he detoured during a snowstorm. While there, he heard a sermon on Isaiah 45:22 and was saved—“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else.” He began his own ministry of preaching and teaching immediately, and preached more than 500 sermons by the age of twenty.
In 1854, at nineteen years of age, Spurgeon began preaching at the New Park Street Chapel in London. He was appointed to a six-month trial position, which he requested be cut to three months should the congregation dislike his preaching. He gained instant fame, however, and the church grew from 232 members to more than 5,000 at the end of his pastorate. Many of his sermons were published each week and regularly sold more than 25,000 copies in twenty languages. Throughout his ministry, Spurgeon estimated that he preached to more than 10,000,000 people. Dwight L. Moody was deeply influenced by Spurgeon’s preaching, and founded the Moody Bible Institute after seeing Spurgeon’s work at the Pastor’s College in London.
Spurgeon read six books per week during his adult life, and read Pilgrim’s Progress more than 100 times. In addition to his studying and preaching, Spurgeon also founded the Pastor’s College (now Spurgeon’s College), various orphanages and schools, mission chapels, and numerous other social institutions.
Charles Spurgeon suffered from poor health throughout his life. He died on January 31, 1892, and was buried in London.
Terence Peter Crosby was, for some time, secretary of the Evangelical Library, London. He lives in south London with his wife, Daphne. As well as compiling other volumes of readings from Spurgeon’s works, he is also author of My Book of Hobbies and God’s Book, the Bible.