In Lectures to My Students, Spurgeon has written the ultimate how-to guide for preachers. This volume covers the basics of preaching, such as the nuts-and-bolts of choosing a text and composing a sermons. Spurgeon, the master orator, also advises students on the mechanics of spontaneous sermons and impromptu speech, admitting that such a talent takes time and effort. He also laments that pastors often find themselves out of place—“speckled birds,” in his words—unable to conduct themselves in ordinary social circumstances. This practical guide will be of enormous benefit to pastors and preachers. The Logos Bible Software edition of Lectures to my Students, Vol. 1 was originally published in London by Passmore and Alabaster in 1875.
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 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 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 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.