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Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenth-century London, is remembered today as the prince of preachers. However, the strength of Spurgeon s ministry went far beyond simple rhetorical skill. With a foundational commitment to the Bible, Spurgeon fearlessly taught the doctrines of grace and tirelessly held forth the free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenth-century London, is remembered today as the prince of preachers. However, the strength of Spurgeon s ministry went far beyond simple rhetorical skill. With a foundational commitment to the Bible, Spurgeon fearlessly taught the doctrines of grace and tirelessly held forth the free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. In short, he was a firm believer in the truth of the gospel and the power of the gospel to save.


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Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenth-century London, is remembered today as the prince of preachers. However, the strength of Spurgeon s ministry went far beyond simple rhetorical skill. With a foundational commitment to the Bible, Spurgeon fearlessly taught the doctrines of grace and tirelessly held forth the free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenth-century London, is remembered today as the prince of preachers. However, the strength of Spurgeon s ministry went far beyond simple rhetorical skill. With a foundational commitment to the Bible, Spurgeon fearlessly taught the doctrines of grace and tirelessly held forth the free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. In short, he was a firm believer in the truth of the gospel and the power of the gospel to save.

30 review for The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jason Drumm

    This tiny book looks short enough, but packs a powerful dose of encouragement from the Gospel focused life of Charles Spurgeon. It's a fantastic little quick read in which Steve Lawson stands beside you, puts one arm around your shoulder, and uses the other to point back in history at highlights in the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon.  For me, this accomplished three things. First, I got to meet Spurgeon. As someone who has not previously had the opportunity to study the life and ministry o This tiny book looks short enough, but packs a powerful dose of encouragement from the Gospel focused life of Charles Spurgeon. It's a fantastic little quick read in which Steve Lawson stands beside you, puts one arm around your shoulder, and uses the other to point back in history at highlights in the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon.  For me, this accomplished three things. First, I got to meet Spurgeon. As someone who has not previously had the opportunity to study the life and ministry of Spurgeon as much as I might have liked to, I could only claim friendship with him through a partial ignorance in bits of quotes and phrases heard and read in various sermons, books, articles, and blog posts. I had read "Lectures to My Students," but this gives you little insight into Spurgeon's actual life. This little book introduced me to a man who I have grown to love and refer to as "Chuck." OK, maybe that's a bit far. Second, it confirmed my own doctrinal convictions and allowed me to see how Spurgeon had come to many of the same conclusions in his study of Scripture. I've always believed myself to be standing in the same historic line as Spurgeon, but had not ever had opportunity to fully trace it out to its proofs. Here, Lawson gives quote after quote after quote, leaning into the ministry of Spurgeon to show his doctrinal clarity on the biblical gospel. This left me convinced, and thus encouraged, that I am standing in a long line of godly men, with Spurgeon as a spiritual forefather before me, and preaching the same truths from the same scripture the he once did.  Finally, this book was also a great challenge to me, especially because of the evangelistic fervor of Spurgeon. I was convicted that in striving for doctrinal clarity on the gospel of grace, I have all too often failed to live evangelistically, serve evangelistically, and preach evangelistically. This was a great challenge to my sinful heart to live out the role of evangelist. We must plead with the unbelievers God puts in our lives to "be reconciled to God." We've all heard about Spurgeon. We've all heard him quoted. If you've ever wondered about Charles Spurgeon, but never had the opportunity to get to know him very well, this is a small commitment book that will give you a big perspective into his life, his ministry, his preaching, and his heart. It's short, sweet, and to the point, but is LOADED with great nuggets of wisdom and biblical insights from the "prince of preachers." I would recommend this book to any Christian, but especially as a quick devotional read because of it's small size.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Honor

    Another great read in the Long Line of Godly Men series Excellent brief biography of Spurgeon and his heart for Christ, the gospel, and the salvation of lost souls. Highly recommend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bro. Austin McCormick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The life and ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon should be an encouragement to every minister, but even more so for Baptist ministers who believe in the complete Sovereignty of God. This book gives a short biography of Spurgeon’s life, and then focuses on the convictions that shaped this bold preacher. Charles Spurgeon is worth studying due to his role in church history. As the Pastor of New Park Street and later the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon heralded the Gospel to thousands in Victorian The life and ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon should be an encouragement to every minister, but even more so for Baptist ministers who believe in the complete Sovereignty of God. This book gives a short biography of Spurgeon’s life, and then focuses on the convictions that shaped this bold preacher. Charles Spurgeon is worth studying due to his role in church history. As the Pastor of New Park Street and later the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon heralded the Gospel to thousands in Victorian England. This book is a quick read. 6 shorts chapters form this book including 1) Spurgeon’s Life and Legacy. 2) Unshakeable Foundations. 3) Sovereign Grace. 4) Evangelistic Fervor. 5) The Heart of the Gospel. 6) Spirit-Empowered Witness. If you are interested in learning more about this Preacher this book is a great place to start.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chandler Kelley

    I believe this was a free audiobook awhile back on Christian Audio, so I've been meaning to give it a listen. This is a great introduction to Spurgeon's preaching ministry, with a particular focus on his calvinistic preaching. It is there, however, that I think Lawson falls short. I remember little to nothing at all said about Spurgeon's confessional beliefs, which were a key part of his ministry. That being said, the last two chapters were very edifying as Lawson presented the Prince of Preache I believe this was a free audiobook awhile back on Christian Audio, so I've been meaning to give it a listen. This is a great introduction to Spurgeon's preaching ministry, with a particular focus on his calvinistic preaching. It is there, however, that I think Lawson falls short. I remember little to nothing at all said about Spurgeon's confessional beliefs, which were a key part of his ministry. That being said, the last two chapters were very edifying as Lawson presented the Prince of Preachers' balanced devotion to God's sovereignty in calling men from death to life through the proclamation of the gospel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chas Morse

    If you are a pastor or even a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dr. Lawson’s book on the Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon is a MUST read! Dr. Lawson begins with showing his reader highlights from Spurgeon’s life and legacy. Next he gets right into the heart of the life and shows us how Spurgeon ticks for His Lord. This book is packed with quotes from Spurgeon that light any Christ -loving heart on fire with a passion to tell others about the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. His first sermon, pre If you are a pastor or even a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dr. Lawson’s book on the Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon is a MUST read! Dr. Lawson begins with showing his reader highlights from Spurgeon’s life and legacy. Next he gets right into the heart of the life and shows us how Spurgeon ticks for His Lord. This book is packed with quotes from Spurgeon that light any Christ -loving heart on fire with a passion to tell others about the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. His first sermon, preached at the young age of 26, was based on the text Acts 5:42: “And every day in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” “Preach Christ, that is the magnet; He will draw His own time Himself.” “A sermon without Christ is a horrible thing.” “All other topics in the holy Scripture are important, and none of them are to be cast into the shade. But the death of the Son of God is the central sun of all these minor luminaries.” “A man who is really saved by grace does not need to be told that he is under solemn obligations to serve Christ. The new life within him tell him that.” “Make Christ the diamond setting of every sermon.” I actually read the book out loud to my bed-ridden bride who is presently hospitalized. She was so encouraged with these precious words of Charles Spurgeon. Blessings, Chas Morse

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Ng

    A brief, yet excellent biography of the Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon. The book begins with a brief biographical sketch of his life, and then Lawson goes into a detailed description of Spurgeon's preaching ministry. In the description of Spurgeon's preaching ministry, Lawson touches upon his convictions regarding the Scriptures and the Doctrines of Grace. He talks about Spurgeon's passion for evangelism, the importance of preaching being Christ-centered, and the necessity of the Spirits' A brief, yet excellent biography of the Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon. The book begins with a brief biographical sketch of his life, and then Lawson goes into a detailed description of Spurgeon's preaching ministry. In the description of Spurgeon's preaching ministry, Lawson touches upon his convictions regarding the Scriptures and the Doctrines of Grace. He talks about Spurgeon's passion for evangelism, the importance of preaching being Christ-centered, and the necessity of the Spirits' empowerment in preaching. A great book if you want to learn a bit more about Spurgeon, excellent book on arguably one of the best preachers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joel Rockey

    We want again Spurgeons! Powerful biography. The author takes a look at Spurgeon's theology and how his theology impacted his ministry. Spurgeon believed strongly in the doctrines of grace (Calvinism) and that belief fueled his evangelistic zeal. Spurgeon's laser focus on Christ and the Gospel was inspiring and very convicting. Well written, short, and personally edifying. Excellent!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy

    This book is part of a series of books by Ligonier Ministries called “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile.” I’ve enjoyed other books in this series and this one also live up to my expectation. The author Steve Lawson himself is an excellent Reformed preacher which makes the book insightful since this is a biography of a preacher by a preacher. In the beginning of the book Lawson made an interesting point of the line of godly men in the Reformed tradition: “If John Calvin was the greatest theologian This book is part of a series of books by Ligonier Ministries called “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile.” I’ve enjoyed other books in this series and this one also live up to my expectation. The author Steve Lawson himself is an excellent Reformed preacher which makes the book insightful since this is a biography of a preacher by a preacher. In the beginning of the book Lawson made an interesting point of the line of godly men in the Reformed tradition: “If John Calvin was the greatest theologian of the church, Jonathan Edwards the greatest philosopher, and George Whitefield the greatest evangelist, Spurgeon surely ranks as its greatest preacher” (1). Spurgeon is often called today “the Prince of Preachers,” who faithfully preached the Gospel with much power of the Holy Spirit for nearly four decades. This biography is not just about time and dates in Spurgeon’s life but a biography of his theology. After the first chapter on Spurgeon’s life and legacy, the rest of the chapters was on how his theology drove Spurgeon’s ministry. I especially appreciated the chapter on Sovereign grace in Spurgeon’s preaching and also the chapter on Spurgeon’s evangelistic fervor. I learned several things from the book about Spurgeon’s life that I did not know previously. For instance, I did not know Spurgeon did not have any formal theological training, having not attended any seminary or degrees yet he was quite theologically astute. Before reading the book I knew Spurgeon was a ferocious reader and I now further appreciate Spurgeon’s tenacity in self-education! I saw as application for preachers today is to continuously grow in one’s theology and not just resort to thinking one need not grow just because of one’s “success” in ministry or because of a theological degree one has attained in the past. I’ve also learned that Spurgeon founded the Pastor’s College at the age of twenty two, which is all the more remarkable given his lack of formal theological education. The book also mentioned how for the first fifteen years of the school Spurgeon himself covered the cost of the school by the sales of his weekly sermon. There is something encouraging to see a man who is so committed to training up godly and biblical pastors that he puts his own money and time into it. I was also much encouraged by Spurgeon’s example when I learned how often Spurgeon preached during the week. Lawson stated in the book that Spurgeon preached as much as ten times during the week. My favorite quote from Spurgeon in the book is the following: “We find ourselves able to preach ten or twelve times a week, and we find we are the stronger for it…‘Oh,’ said one of the members, ‘our minister will kill himself.’…That is the kind of work that will kill no man. It is preaching to sleepy congregations that kill good ministers” (14). I recommend this book for all Christians, given how Spurgeon is so widely read still today. I especially recommend this book for Pastors to be rekindled as a preacher to have a Gospel focus like Spurgeon. Sometimes historical theology can be quite edifying when we want examples of godly men and virtues of guys who are closer to us than those who are far removed from our time. The author did a good job balancing honoring Spurgeon while not idolizing him, and Lawson is able to do this in the book by looking at Spurgeon’s theology, which points us towards Jesus, the Gospel and the Bible.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David

    This is a short, but powerful, examination of the preaching ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Lawson gives us an excellent introduction to the ministry of the "Prince of Preachers". He leaves us wanting more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Hobbs

    This is a book I will read again! Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, had bold, insightful sermons with accompanying scripture. I so enjoyed reading about his life, his sermons and his quotes! His wisdom continues! I highly recommend this book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Outstanding account of spurgeons gospel preaching. The world needs more spurgeons, men who love truth and have a heart for lost souls. All glory to God.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richard Thompson

    Great focus on Spurgeon's beliefs Great focus on his life,what he came to believe,and why he believed it. Can't wait to read other books in this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Wilkins

    Good. A very brief and general overview of Charles Spurgeon's life with special accent on his beliefs. Reader's should be aware that it is basically hagiography. Spurgeon never does anything wrong in the book. That's a little snide of me, isn't it? That criticism aside (I did give it 5 stars!) it's an enjoyable and edifying book. Chapter 1 is an overview of his life and ministry Chapter 2 Spurgeon's view of Scripture Chapter 3 Spurgeon's belief in Calvinism Chapter 4 Spurgeon's evangelistic style Chap Good. A very brief and general overview of Charles Spurgeon's life with special accent on his beliefs. Reader's should be aware that it is basically hagiography. Spurgeon never does anything wrong in the book. That's a little snide of me, isn't it? That criticism aside (I did give it 5 stars!) it's an enjoyable and edifying book. Chapter 1 is an overview of his life and ministry Chapter 2 Spurgeon's view of Scripture Chapter 3 Spurgeon's belief in Calvinism Chapter 4 Spurgeon's evangelistic style Chapter 5 Spurgeon's belief in the centrality of Christ to preaching Chapter 6 The necessity of the Holy Spirit for preaching Conclusion Spurgeon's legacy for today Good read for teachers or laity.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Kim

    This book was signed and sent directly from Pastor Steve Lawson after I drove him to a UCLA football game. I asked him for recommendations on Christian biographies on Christian men. I would think they would be the ones I would recommend. Have you read any of those?" To which I replied, "No." This book was pretty informative, but...to be quite honest, I can probably guess there is a better biography out there, especially on such a prolific Christian like Spurgeon. This is all subjective, however, This book was signed and sent directly from Pastor Steve Lawson after I drove him to a UCLA football game. I asked him for recommendations on Christian biographies on Christian men. I would think they would be the ones I would recommend. Have you read any of those?" To which I replied, "No." This book was pretty informative, but...to be quite honest, I can probably guess there is a better biography out there, especially on such a prolific Christian like Spurgeon. This is all subjective, however, so if you're looking for a Spurgeon biography, this is the only one I've read so...I'd still recommend this one. P.S. Pastor Steve Lawson, if you ever read this, please forgive me. And you still need to go to Six Flags with me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Noah Adams

    An excellent though very brief read on the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon. For those looking for lengthy biography, this is not it. It is no more than 125 pages, most of which are not biographical so much as organized quotations and sermon excerpts detailing key doctrines and teachings of Spurgeon (the sovereignty of God, evangelism, and the work of the Spirit and how they all fit perfectly together). If you’re looking for a brief summary of Spurgeon’s life and ministry, look no further. An excellent though very brief read on the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon. For those looking for lengthy biography, this is not it. It is no more than 125 pages, most of which are not biographical so much as organized quotations and sermon excerpts detailing key doctrines and teachings of Spurgeon (the sovereignty of God, evangelism, and the work of the Spirit and how they all fit perfectly together). If you’re looking for a brief summary of Spurgeon’s life and ministry, look no further. If you’re looking for a more detailed history of the man and his ministry, you may want to look elsewhere.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David

    The best part of this short book was the summary of Spurgeon's life. The rest focused on particular qualities of his preaching and ministry. I was disappointed that the author used Spurgeon's legacy as a promotion for the merits of Calvinism. Even though I lean strongly toward the doctrines of grace myself, equating the Gospel with Calvinism is a bit over the top. If you want a short promotional piece for Calvinism using the life and ministry of Spurgeon, this book is for you. If you just want t The best part of this short book was the summary of Spurgeon's life. The rest focused on particular qualities of his preaching and ministry. I was disappointed that the author used Spurgeon's legacy as a promotion for the merits of Calvinism. Even though I lean strongly toward the doctrines of grace myself, equating the Gospel with Calvinism is a bit over the top. If you want a short promotional piece for Calvinism using the life and ministry of Spurgeon, this book is for you. If you just want to focus on the life and ministry of Spurgeon, there are much better books available.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Todd Bryant

    Good read. This wasn't my favorite of this series by Lawson. There was only one biographical chapter. There was SO much more that could have been said about Spurgeon's life. For the most part, this book concentrated on the focus of Spurgeon's preaching. In Lawson's defense, the title is "The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon." However, having read some of the other books, I was expecting more personal history. If you are wanting a biography of Spurgeon, this isn't it. If you want to know the prim Good read. This wasn't my favorite of this series by Lawson. There was only one biographical chapter. There was SO much more that could have been said about Spurgeon's life. For the most part, this book concentrated on the focus of Spurgeon's preaching. In Lawson's defense, the title is "The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon." However, having read some of the other books, I was expecting more personal history. If you are wanting a biography of Spurgeon, this isn't it. If you want to know the primary things Spurgeon preached in the pulpit. this is your book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andy L

    One of the most influential book on my view of Calvinism to date. Very very well written and thought through. (70% of this book is Spurgeon's writings from other texts or sermons, all compiled and presented as an over view of his Gospel message)

  19. 4 out of 5

    OK Russell

    This book gave great insight into Spurgeon’s Biblical Theology and how it created a passion for his powerful proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I thought it was a short, inspiring book about Charles Spurgeon's life. There were several times when I felt convicted.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Danhauer

    Not the most thorough biography of Charles Spurgeon, but perhaps thorough enough. A good easy read giving you a firm grasp of his approach to ministry, his focus.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    A great overview!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

    A little repetitive but a short, simple and clear summary of Spurgeon's gospel centred preaching. This is a mere taster into the life of Spurgeon and this book leaves you wanting to know more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Rosenblad

    Much to learn from this man!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elysse Baumbach

    A very good and inspiring summary of Spurgeon's ministry. Ideal for junior high or highschool age to read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dane Jöhannsson

    As the title states, Lawson aptly proves his case that if nothing else, Spurgeon was a great lover of the gospel. A great introduction for a lifelong love of Spurgeon's writings.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Harold Cameron

    "Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenth-century London, is remembered today as “the prince of preachers.” However, the strength of Spurgeon’s ministry went far beyond simple rhetorical skill. In The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, Steven J. Lawson shows that Spurgeon fearlessly taught the doctrines of grace and simultaneously held forth the free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. In thirty-eight years as pastor of the congregation meeting at the New Park Street Chapel and l "Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenth-century London, is remembered today as “the prince of preachers.” However, the strength of Spurgeon’s ministry went far beyond simple rhetorical skill. In The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, Steven J. Lawson shows that Spurgeon fearlessly taught the doctrines of grace and simultaneously held forth the free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. In thirty-eight years as pastor of the congregation meeting at the New Park Street Chapel and later the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon propounded Calvinistic theology with precision and clarity. Yet he always accompanied it with a passionate plea for sinners to come to Christ and be saved. Lawson traces these twin points of emphasis throughout Spurgeon’s long, fruitful ministry. The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon is a passionate call for all Christians to follow Spurgeon in maintaining the proper balance between divine sovereignty in salvation and fiery passion in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ." (From the Reformation Trust Publisher's Website) About the Author: Dr. Steven J. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. He also serves as a teaching fellow of Ligonier Ministries; as a visiting professor at the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies; and as a member of the executive board of the Master’s Seminary. He is the author of seventeen books, including The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards and The Expository Genius of John Calvin, both in the Long Line of Godly Men Profiles series, as well as Pillars of Grace. He also has contributed numerous articles to journals and periodicals, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences. My Thoughts About the Book: For anyone who is a lover of all things “Spurgeon” The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steven J. Lawson is a must read as the book details how “Spurgeon firmly held the sovereign grace of God in one hand and the free offer of the gospel in the other.” Dr. Spurgeon was able to balance the doctrine of the absolute Sovereignty of God with the Free Will of Man. Not an easy thing to do and this issue has been the cause of many a debate among theologians and evangelicals for centuries. And it is in the book we learn of Spurgeon’s unshakable commitment to the inerrancy and infallibility of the Word of God as well as his resolve to preach the gospel to any and to all with fervor and passion that would do us some good to hear from the pulpits of our churches across America today. Quoting pastors and Bible teachers such as Iain Murray, Dr. James Montgomery Boice and author Arnold Dallimore you get a clear picture of what the man and preacher Spurgeon was really all about…and that was doing the business of the Kingdom…which to him was living and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Author Lawson also freely quotes from Spurgeon’s messages so you get to know the man from his own words. And what powerful words they were and are. What I personally found to be neat about the book is that you get to catch a glimpse of the different sides of Spurgeon’s personality…that we was meek and humble yet extremely assertive; he was compassionate and passionate yet very authoritative. His reputation for being “The Prince of Preachers” is well deserved and this book about his Gospel Focused preaching is a well written and authentic revealing of both the man and power behind his Gospel Centered preaching. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the book at no cost from Reformation Trust Publishers for review and promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steve Hazell

    A short book with a powerful punch. This isn't a biography as much as an encouraging example that is biographical. Very powerful and wonderful research went into it, giving the reader a wealth of quotes and excerpts from Spurgeon. Great little book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sighman

    Gotta love CH Spurgeon. I looked at this book as a "cliff note" lite biography or Spurgeon primer. The book was organized well and I actually read most of it to my "none reading" spouse. It held her attention and when she had to take a bathroom break, she actually asked me to pause in reading until she returned. As Spurgeon was known as " the Prince of Preachers" and all of his sermons were printed, it's amazing that Dr Lawson was able to pick such fine examples of some of his sermons and also kee Gotta love CH Spurgeon. I looked at this book as a "cliff note" lite biography or Spurgeon primer. The book was organized well and I actually read most of it to my "none reading" spouse. It held her attention and when she had to take a bathroom break, she actually asked me to pause in reading until she returned. As Spurgeon was known as " the Prince of Preachers" and all of his sermons were printed, it's amazing that Dr Lawson was able to pick such fine examples of some of his sermons and also keep the length of the book to only 127 pages. After reading this book, I have come to appreciate one of CH's preaching habits that I will be mindful of when reading his sermons. He always preached Christ, and one of his many gems was: "A sermon without Christ! As well talk of a loaf of bread without any flour in it. How can it feed the soul?" He then emphatically stated, "Men die and perish because Christ is not there." The book had great endnotes that referenced the sermons used, and if all of those resources were read (and a lot of them will be.) the book would probably be over 1000 pages long. A very enjoyable read and I will be adding more of "A Long Line of Godly Men Profiles" Next up on the list will be the latest, The Passionate Preaching of Martyn-Lloyd Jones

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paul Sheldon

    This is an easy, short read. It does have a biographical quality to it, but I would not call it a biography. What Dr. Lawson does in this book is highlight Spurgeon's strong gospel focus in his preaching and throughout his ministry. The author also works to show how Charles Spurgeon's firm conviction in the sovereignty of God in salvation inflamed Mr. Spurgeon's evangelistic zeal rather than diminish it. I appreciate that Steve Lawson supported his claims about Spurgeon with frequent and often l This is an easy, short read. It does have a biographical quality to it, but I would not call it a biography. What Dr. Lawson does in this book is highlight Spurgeon's strong gospel focus in his preaching and throughout his ministry. The author also works to show how Charles Spurgeon's firm conviction in the sovereignty of God in salvation inflamed Mr. Spurgeon's evangelistic zeal rather than diminish it. I appreciate that Steve Lawson supported his claims about Spurgeon with frequent and often lengthy quotes from Charles Spurgeon himself. This is a great little book. I recommend it, and believe it will do two things for the reader; it will educate the reader on the priority of the gospel in Charles Spurgeon's ministry, and it will inspire the reader to be a bold proclaimer of the gospel.

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