Benefit from the incredible wisdom of Charles Spurgeon, passage by passage. Spurgeon’s writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes—his thoughts on particular passages scattered in numerous books and sermons. These volumes collect his thoughts on two Old Testament books in a commentary format, with illustrations and applications culled from his sermons and writings.
Use Spurgeon’s application-oriented content in your sermons; in these commentaries, such content is clearly labeled. Find a great illustration with this hand-edited and curated Logos Bible Software edition, which tags illustrations with preaching themes to make them searchable in the Sermon Starter Guide in Logos. Take advantage of our in-depth research of Spurgeon to better understand, apply, and illustrate the Bible.
The Spurgeon Commentary: Old Testament Collection makes Spurgeon’s content accessible—there is no longer a need to comb through many volumes of Spurgeon’s content looking for one nugget of wisdom. Spurgeon’s writings are now curated in a format that is tied to the biblical text.
These commentaries direct you to places where Spurgeon explicitly cites a verse and where he alludes to it—using specialized, technology-based research to offer you the best of Spurgeon. They highlight illustration content—illustrations accompany the commentaries and are tagged with preaching themes, so the preacher looking for an illustration relating to either a topic or a verse will be able to find one easily. It highlights application content—each section of Scripture includes at least one application from Spurgeon based on those verses. It saves time—reading Spurgeon for pleasure is wonderful, but preachers and teachers working under a deadline need ways to streamline their sermon preparation process. These commentaries do all this by trimming the excess out of Spurgeon’s sermon archive and increasing functionality, usability, and readability. Outdated language has even been updated, making Spurgeon’s writing easier than ever to understand.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon 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 20.
In 1854, at 19 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 five thousand at the end of his pastorate. Many of his sermons were published each week and regularly sold more than 25,000 copies in 20 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.
Elliot Ritzema is the editor of 1,500 Quotations for Preachers, 300 Quotations for Preachers, 400 Prayers for Preachers, and the Study, Apply, Share series. He is also a Lexham English Bible editor, a contributor to the Faithlife Study Bible, and a regular contributor to Bible Study Magazine. He holds an MDiv from Regent College.