Feb
11

THIRTY-TWO THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT CHARLES SPURGEON

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Charles Spurgeon (1834-1891) – The English Baptist, “Prince Of Preachers” built the world’s first mega-church long before the modern term came into being.

#1 -  One woman was converted through reading a single page of one of Spurgeon’s sermons wrapped around some butter she had bought.

#2 – Spurgeon read The Pilgrim’s Progress at age 6 and went on to read it over 100 times.

#3 – The collected sermons of Spurgeon during his pastoral ministry fill 63 volumes totalling over 25 million words. The series is the largest set of books by a single author in the history of Christianity.

#4 – Spurgeon’s mother had 17 children, nine of whom died in infancy.  Charles was the last born.

#5 – When Spurgeon was only 10 years old, a visiting missionary predicted that the young Spurgeon would one day preach the gospel to thousands in London.

#6 -Spurgeon missed being admitted to college because a servant girl inadvertently showed him into a different room than that of the dean waiting to interview him. He determined then and there not to re-apply, believing God was telling him not to go to college.

#7 – Spurgeon’s personal library contained 12,000 volumes, 1,000 of them printed before 1700.

#8 – Before he was 20, Spurgeon had preached over 600 times.

#9 – Spurgeon drew to his services Prime Minister W. E. Gladstone, members of the Victorian royal family, Members of Parliament, as well as author John Ruskin, Florence Nightingale, and General James Garfield, later president of the United States.

#10 – The London church invited Spurgeon to come for a 6-month trial period, but Spurgeon asked to come for only 3 months because “the congregation might not want me, and I do not wish to be burdensome.”

#11 – When Spurgeon arrived at the church in 1854, the congregation had 232 members. By the end of his pastorate, 38 years later, that number increased to 14,460 members, the largest congregation in the world.

#12 – Spurgeon typically read 6 books per week and could remember what he had read and where, even years later.

#13 – Spurgeon once addressed an audience of 23,654 without a microphone or any mechanical amplification.

14. – Spurgeon’s Pastors College trained nearly1,000  preachers during his lifetime, and still continues today.

#15 – Spurgeon’s sermons sold 25,000 copies every week, and were translated into 25 languages.

#16 – At least 3 of Spurgeon’s works have sold more than 1,000,000 copies each.  And one of these, All Of Grace, was the first book ever published by Moody Press and is still its all-time best-seller.

#17 – During his lifetime, Spurgeon is estimated to have preached to 10,000,000 people.

#18 – Spurgeon once said he counted 8 sets of thoughts that passed through his mind at the same time while he was preaching.

#19 -  Testing the acoustics in the vast Agricultural Hall, Spurgeon shouted, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” A worker high in the rafters of the building heard this and became converted to Christ as a result.

#20 – Spurgeon spent 20 years studying the Book of Psalms and writing his commentary on them, The Treasury of David.

#21 -  Spurgeon insisted that his congregation’s new building, The Metropolitan Tabernacle, employ Greek architecture because the New Testament was written in Greek. This one decision has greatly influenced subsequent church architecture throughout the world.

#22 – The theme for Spurgeon’s Sunday morning sermon was usually not chosen until Saturday night.

#23. – Susannah Thompson, Spurgeon’s wife, became an invalid at age 33 and could seldom attend her husband’s church services after that.

#24 – For an average sermon, Spurgeon took no more than one page of notes into the pulpit, yet he spoke at a rate of 140 words per minute for 40 minutes.

#25 – The only time that Spurgeon wore clerical garb was when he preached in Calvin’s Geneva pulpit.

#26 – By accepting some of his many invitations to speak, Spurgeon often preached 10 times in a week.

#27 – Spurgeon met often with Hudson Taylor, the well-known missionary to China, and with George Mueller, the orphanage founder.

#28 – . Spurgeon had only two children, twin sons, and both became preachers. Thomas succeeded his father as pastor of the Tabernacle, and Charles, Jr. took charge of the orphanage his father had founded.

#29 – When Spurgeon married his wife, Susie, thousands lined the streets to get a glimpse of the two.

#30 – . Spurgeon often worked 18 hours a day. Famous explorer and missionary David Livingstone once asked him, “How do you manage to do two men’s work in a single day?” Spurgeon replied, “You have forgotten that there are two of us.”

#31 -  Spurgeon spoke out so strongly against slavery that American publishers of his sermons began deleting his remarks on the subject.

#32 – Occasionally Spurgeon asked church members not to attend next Sunday’s service, so that newcomers might find a seat. During one 1879 service, the regular congregation left so that newcomers waiting outside might get in; the building immediately filled up again.

SPURGEON SAYINGS

“Heaven.  There is a crown there which no one’s  head but yours can ever wear. There is a seat there in which none but yourself can sit. And there is a harp there that will be silent until your fingers strike its strings.”

“If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all! And the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to me.”

“Learn to say ‘No’.  It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.”

“Sin may drag thee ever so low, but Christ’s great atonement is still under all.”

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”

“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”

“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”

(On Praise) “Sometimes I feel like that good old saint, who said that if she got to heaven, Jesus Christ should never hear the last of it. Truly he never shall!

“There are some preachers who cannot or do not preach about the blood of Jesus Christ, and I have one thing to say to you concerning them.  Never go to hear them! And never listen to them!”

“Whitefield and Wesley might preach the gospel better than I do, but they could not preach a better gospel.”

“There is no sin that shall damn the man who believes, and nothing can save the man who will not believe.”

“I would recommend you either believe God up to the hilt, or else not to believe at all. Believe this book of God, every letter of it, or else reject it.”

“The poor sinner trying to be saved by law is like a blind horse going round and round a mill, and never getting a step further, but only being whipped continually. The faster he goes, the more work he does, the more he is tired.”

“ I believe there will be more in heaven than in hell. If you ask me why I think so, I answer – because Christ in everything is to have the preeminence and I cannot conceive how he could have such if there are to be more in the dominions of Satan than in paradise.”