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20 Powerful Quotes from Charles Spurgeon

20 Powerful Quotes from Charles Spurgeon

Who was Charles Spurgeon?

A prolific author and speaker, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, born in 1834, produced more than 3,600 sermons and dozens of books before his death in 1892. Spurgeon came to the Lord as a teenager, apparently by accident. En route to an appointment, he was sidetracked by a snowstorm and took refuge in a chapel, where he heard the salvation message. The event set him on the path of becoming the most popular preacher in nineteenth-century England.

His first congregation quickly outgrew their building and moved into the Metropolitan Tabernacle, the largest church of its time, where Spurgeon taught a congregation of more than five thousand each week. His sermons, recorded by stenographers and published weekly, are some of the best-selling sermons in Christian history.

In the midst of his success, Spurgeon made bold moves that undermined his popularity, including openly condemning the owning of slaves. This stand for justice drastically cut the sales of his sermons and created a rift between him and some American publishers and churches, but Spurgeon maintained his stance that the church's job has always been "to destroy everything that is bad in the land."

At his death, he left behind his wife Susannah and twin sons, and a church of thousands of members, which his son pastored after his death. Accounts of his life recall an energetic man devoted to teaching the Word of God clearly and simply, that those who heard could understand and be changed. 

20 Quotes by Charles Spurgeon:

  1. “We are not responsible to God for the soul that are saved, but we are responsible for the Gospel that is preached, and for the way in which we preach it.”
  2.  “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.”
  3. “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”
  4. “Christians can never sin cheaply; they pay a heavy price for iniquity. Transgression destroys peace of mind, obscures fellowship with Jesus, hinders prayer, brings darkness over the soul; therefore be not the serf and bondman of sin.”
  5. “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.”
  6. "I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.”
  7. “Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God . . . as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that He wrought all His mighty acts, and showed Himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare His arm for the saints who are now upon the earth.”
  8. “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
  9. “The way to do a great deal is to keep on doing a little. The way to do nothing at all is to be continually resolving that you will do everything.”
  10. "No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.”
  11. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.”
    *Published in Spurgeon's The Salt-Cellars (Vol. 1), but originally said by Alexander Maclaren in an 1859 sermon.
  12. “We have all things and abound; not because I have a good store of money in the bank, not because I have skill and wit with which to win my bread, but because the Lord is my shepherd.”
  13. “The doctrine of the atonement is to my mind one of the surest proofs of the divine inspiration of Holy Scripture. Who would or could have thought of the just Ruler dying for the unjust rebel? This is no teaching of human mythology, or dream of poetical imagination. This method of expiation is only known among men because it is a fact; fiction could not have devised it. God himself ordained it; it is not a matter which could have been imagined.”
  14. “Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.”
  15. “Sickness may befall, but the Lord will give grace; poverty may happen to us, but grace will surely be afforded; death must come but grace will light a candle at the darkest hour. Reader, how blessed it is as years roll round, and the leaves begin again to fall, to enjoy such an unfading promise as this, 'The Lord will give grace.'”
  16. “Sin may drag thee ever so low, but Christ's great atonement is still under all.”
  17. “Doubt not his grace because of thy tribulation, but believe that he loveth thee as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness.”
  18.  “If Christ is not all to you He is nothing to you. He will never go into partnership as a part Saviour of men. If He be something He must be everything, and if He be not everything He is nothing to you.”
  19. “Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself.”
  20. “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 us.” 

Books by Charles Spurgeon

Morning and Evening: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on The Holy Bible

For over one hundred years, Christians have gotten up and gone to bed with Charles Spurgeon's devotional Morning and Evening as a companion. With a reading to begin and end each day throughout the year, you will come to appreciate Spurgeon's emphasis on the importance of abiding in Christ and meditating on God's Word. His wisdom and counsel provide a timeless guide through the trials and triumphs of the year. The richness of his biblical understanding offers readers a look into the heart of one of England's foremost pastors and enduring Christian authors.

His lasting message is even more accessible with Alistair Begg's careful modernizing of Spurgeon's English. Begg, who has a deep love for Spurgeon's preaching and especially for this work, has maintained Spurgeon's clear passion and commitment to Christ. Using the English Standard Version as the scriptural text provides an accurate, understandable accompaniment to Spurgeon's lessons.

This updated version of a devotional classic is a timely and much-needed encouragement for today's Christian.

Spurgeon on Prayer & Spiritual Warfare

Prayer is the Christian’s lifeline to God, and with it, lives are changed for eternity! Charles Spurgeon knew the secrets of prayer—divine principles and promises that God established for our every need. He reveals these principles and shares how God has answered the prayers of men and women since early biblical times.
This anthology includes six of Spurgeon’s classic books on prayer:

  • The Power in Prayer
  • Praying Successfully
  • The Golden Key of Prayer
  • Finding Peace in Life’s Storms
  • Spurgeon on Praise
  • Satan: A Defeated Foe

Because God keeps His promises, every Christian can have a prayer life that produces lasting results, both personally and in the kingdom of God. Discover how you, too, can develop essential characteristics required for power-packed prayer! 

Beside Still Waters: Words of Comfort for the Soul

A collection of Scripture-based readings that offer encouragement to individuals dealing with illness, loss, or other personal problems.

Emily Maust Wood is a freelance editor and fitness coach. She lives with her husband and shelter dogs, collects old books and broken things, and worries about where her running shoes come from. Charmed by the idea of restoring an old home, she chronicles the adventure at lacorbeille.wordpress.com.
Publication date: November 2, 2015

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