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 are scattered across numerous books and sermons. This volume collects his thoughts on 1 Peter in a commentary format, with illustrations and applications culled from his sermons and writings.
Use Spurgeon’s application-oriented content in your sermons—it’s clearly labeled. Find great illustrations with this hand-edited and hand-curated Logos Bible Software edition, which tags illustrations with preaching themes to make them searchable in Logos’ Sermon Starter Guide. Take advantage of Charles Spurgeon’s in-depth research to better understand, apply, and illustrate the Bible.
The Spurgeon Commentary: 1 Peter makes Spurgeon’s content accessible—there’s no longer a need to comb through many volumes looking for one nugget of wisdom. Spurgeon’s writings are now curated in a format that is tied directly to the biblical text.
The commentary directs you to places where Spurgeon explicitly cites or alludes to a verse, using specialized, technology-based research to offer you the best of Spurgeon. It highlights illustration content: illustrations accompany the commentary 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 deadlines need ways to streamline their sermon preparation process. This commentary does 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 Outdated language has even been updated, making Spurgeon’s writing easier than ever to understand.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 5,000 by the end of his pastorate. 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.