Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s Evangelistic Theology and Practice of Street Evangelism

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In requirement of the M. Div. program at Toronto Baptist Seminary, I had the privilege of completing my Senior Seminar research paper. For the past year, I gave my time to studying the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Specifically, I looked at Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s Evangelistic Theology and Practice of Street Evangelism.

I pray that this work would be used by God to encourage you in your soul winning labours. I wrote this for the Church. Oh, that God would raise up a new generation of evangelists!

To make this work easily accessible for those who desire to read it, I have attached a free PDF version of my paper.

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Soli Deo Gloria, Romans 11:36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It Is Finished!

Your greatest need as a Christian is to have your eyes again and again fixed upon Jesus Christ.In John 19:30, the apostle wants us to see that the death of Christ was the predetermined plan of God for Salvation. It was formed in eternity past, recorded in the Old Testament Scripture, and Fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ.

To listen to my exposition of John 19, please follow this link:

John 19:30 ‘It is Finished!’

Solo Deo Gloria!

Eternity: Thoughts in the Hospital

“It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27).

Where will you spend eternity? Have you asked yourself that question? Do not look away from this question. I am speaking to you. Stop right now and consider eternity. When your heart stops beating, and you stand before the judgment seat of Christ, will it be well with your soul? Are your sins forgiven? Have you been reconciled to God through the person and work of Jesus Christ?

This past week, my grandma had a heart attack and now remains in the palliative care unit. Over the past week, I have watched her health decline significantly. However, amid this dark providence, the Lord has been very kind to us all. I have had the opportunity to lead my grandmother each day closer toward the Celestial City, where her Glorious Redeemer dwells. We have been able to read Scripture, sing, pray, and recall the glorious gospel and the prospect of the Christian’s eternity. We have had many precious moments with her.

As of late, I have been impressed with the shortness of life and the length of eternity. Every one of us stands on the brink of eternity. We are all living on borrowed time. No one knows how much time they have left in that hourglass of life. Shouldn’t that change how we live? At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is whether you lived for Jesus Christ. I suspect that on my deathbed, I will not be wishing that I spent more time playing sports or going on vacation. Rather, I will be wishing that I spent more time in communion and fellowship with the Triune God and with his people. I will wish that I spent more time in prayer and under the ministry of the Word. I will wish that I spent more time making the All-Sufficient Saviour known to a lost and dying world.

Friend, what is robbing you of your time with God and others? I think one of the biggest challenges of our day is our social media usage. It was Tony Reinke who said, “Nothing puts social media and smartphone habits into context like the blunt reality of our mortality. Let it sink in a bit. Feel the brevity of life, and it will make you fully alive.” How true is that? When we are faced with our mortality, we see the vanities of this life. We so easily exchange our time with God, in His Book, for endless scrolls through Facebook. Instead of first talking with God, we so often Tweet to others. Is this exchange worth it? No. If you have come to realize this, how then will you spend your life?

Do you want to make your life count? Friend, invest in eternity! Live for eternity! Oh, that God would impress upon your eyes the reality of Heaven and Hell. Do you understand that there is a coming Day where you will give an account for how you spent your life? The apostle Paul says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Cor. 5:10).

Friend, give your life to knowing Christ. Dive deep into the unfathomable ocean of His glories, found in His Word. Eternity itself will never fully unfold Christ. For all of eternity, you and I, Christian, will be unfolding the endless curtains of His glories. We will never come to an end. Why not begin that journey today? Christian, give your life to the study and meditation of God’s Word. Give yourself to prayer. Give yourself to making much of Christ to a lost and dying world. Time is short and eternity is long. The best use of your time is found in knowing God and making Him known.

If you are not a Christian, do you understand God’s kindness towards you? He has brought you to this blog to call you to repentance (to turn from your sin) and by faith come to God through Jesus Christ. The fact that your heart is still beating right now is God’s grace towards you. Do not put this off. Get right with God today. You stand on the brink of eternity. Where will you spend eternity?

My friend, if you have not come to Jesus Christ, I plead with you to read this short article. It will only take a few minutes. It will be well worth it. This article explains (1) the Character of God, (2) the Problem of Man, and (3) the hope of eternal life. Click the following link to read: What is the Gospel?

With mercy and with judgment
My web of time He wove;
And always dews of sorrow
Were lustered with His love;
I’ll bless the hand that guided,
I’ll bless the heart that planned,
When throned where glory dwelleth
In Immanuel’s land.

 

A Prayer-Hearing God

It was on March 20th, 1832, after reading part of the Life of Jonathan Edwards, that Robert Murray M’Cheyne penned these words:

How feeble my spark of Christianity appears beside such a sun! But even his was a borrowed light, and the same source is still open to enlighten me.[1]

M’Cheyne knew that the giants of the Christian faith were simple men who had met frequently with God at the throne of grace. These men were not primarily theologians, evangelists, writers, etc. They were men of prayer. Men who had frequent accounts with God. We can learn much from these men! Today, I would like to look at Jonathan Edwards’ sermon on Psalm 65:2 – “The Most High A Prayer-Hearing God.” This sermon can be found within The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 2, published by The Banner of Truth Trust.

It is my intention in this post to share a few quotes with you. I pray that these quotes would wet your appetite for Edwards and stir your soul.

See the following quotes:

“God in his word manifests himself ready at all times to allow us this privilege [prayer]. He sits on a throne of grace; and there is no veil to hide this throne, and keep us from it. The veil is rent from the top to the bottom; the way is open at all times, and we may go to God as often as we please.”[2]

“God has been pleased to constitute prayer to be antecedent to the bestowment of mercy; and he is pleased to bestow mercy in consequence of prayer, as though he were prevailed on by prayer. When the people of God are stirred up to prayer, it is the effect of his intention to show mercy; therefore he pours out the spirit of grace and supplication.”[3]

“Why is God so ready to hear the prayers of men? – To this I answer, because he is a God of infinite grace and mercy. It is indeed a very wonderful thing, that so great a God should be so ready to hear our prayers, though we are so despicable and unworthy.”[4]

“We have the true God made known to us; a God of infinite grace and mercy; a God full of compassion to the miserable, who is ready to pity us under all our troubles and sorrows, to hear our cries, and to give us all the relief which we need; a God who delights in mercy, and is rich unto all that call upon him!”[5]

“The business of prayer is not to direct God, who is infinitely wise, and needs not any of our directions; who knows what is best for us ten thousand times better than we, and knows what time and what way are best. It is fit that he should answer, and, as an infinitely wise God, in the exercise of his own wisdom, and not ours.”[6]

Concluding thoughts:

Edwards concludes his sermon with the following paragraph. I thought it would be fitting to close this post with it as well:

“Finally, seeing we have such a prayer-hearing God as we have heard, let us be much employed in the duty of prayer: let us pray with all prayer and supplication: let us live prayerful lives, continuing instant in prayer, watching thereunto with all perseverance; praying always, without ceasing, earnestly, and not fainting.”[7]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citations:

                [1] David P., Beaty. An All-Surpassing Fellowship (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage), 12.

                [2] Jonathan, Edwards. Psalm 65:2 – The Most High A Prayer-Hearing God. In “The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 2” (Carlisle: Banner of Truth), 114.

[3] Ibid., 116.

[4] Ibid., 116.

[5] Ibid., 116.

[6] Ibid., 117.

[7] Ibid., 118.

Gaze Upon His Beauty

**This post is the fruit of my meditation from Week 6 of the ‘Behold your God: The Weight of Majesty’ Bible Study. Click here to view the Bible Study.**

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6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. (Col. 2:6-7 NAS)

            The Apostle Paul tells us that as Christians, we have “been firmly rooted” in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are united to His life, death, burial, and resurrection (Eph. 2:10; Gal. 2:20; Col. 2:12; Rom. 6:3; Rom. 6:5; 2 Cor. 13:5). This union with Christ will influence how we walk as Christians. Since we have been united to Christ, Paul tells us that we are to “walk in Him!” In other words, as a result of our union with Christ, we are now “being built up in Him and established” in the faith. The call for us today is to walk in Him. How then do we do that?

If we are to walk in Him, we must daily sink the roots of our life into the truth of God’s Word. Dr. John Snyder describes it this way: “Roots gain nutrients from the soil. Your soul may find temporary satisfaction in the junk food of our culture, or it will find lasting satisfaction in the feast of the immutable realities of God.” Christian, where will you plant the root of your soul today? Will you plant your soul in the feast of God’s Word? Or will you plant it in the treasures and cares of this world?

Today you and I are called to sink our life into the truths of God’s Word. Robert Murray M’Cheyne writes:

When you gaze upon the sun—it makes everything else dark; when you taste honey—it makes everything else tasteless. Likewise, when your soul feeds on Jesus —it takes away the sweetness of all earthly things; praise, pleasure, fleshly lusts, all lose their sweetness. Keep a continued gaze! Run, looking unto Jesus. So will the world be crucified to you—and you unto the world!

Oh, beloved! Feed your soul daily on our Lord Jesus Christ. He is all-together lovely! He is the fairest of ten-thousand thousands. When the worries, cares, and anxieties of this world bombard your soul, feast upon Christ! Sit at His feet. Gaze upon His inexhaustible beauty. If we are to walk in Him daily, firmly establishing our roots in Him, we are to keep a continued gaze and sustained look upon Him! Today, press on with a gaze upon Jesus Christ. I will close with a quote from Thomas Goodwin:

“I pity all the wordlings’ talk

Of pleasures that will quickly end:

Be this my choice, O Lord, to walk,

With thee my Guide, my Guard, my Friend”

 

To God be the Glory!

 

 

Grace in Winter – Lessons from Samuel Rutherford

Regarding the life and ministry of Samuel Rutherford, C. H. Spurgeon said the following:

“When we are dead and gone let the world know that Spurgeon held Rutherford’s Letters to be the nearest thing to inspiration which can be found in all the writings of mere men.”[1] The question is, what made Rutherford’s ministry so attractive? The attraction to his ministry was not found within himself but in the timeless attraction of Christ. A visiting Englishman said the following about Samuel Rutherford: ‘I heard a little fair man, and he showed me the loveliness of Christ.’ Rutherford was known to continuously tell of the “boundless and unsearchable riches of the saving and sanctifying grace of God in the Lord Jesus Christ.” What then can we learn from the ministry of Samuel Rutherford? I will draw three lessons from his life and ministry:

1)      The Importance of Union and Communion with Christ:

To begin, Rutherford knew that the heart of Christian experience is in union and communion with Christ. The greatest joy of the Christian is to have a living relationship with the all-majestic, all-glorious God. This relationship, however, comes at a cost. Rutherford was often exiled and imprisoned for his allegiance to the word of God and the God of the word. He suffered greatly in his life, yet his union and communion with Christ sustained him. Rutherford writes:

“O how sweet to be wholly Christ’s, and wholly in Christ; to dwell in Immanuel’s high and blessed land, and live in that sweetest air, where no wind bloweth but the breathings of the Holy Ghost… O for eternity’s leisure, to look on Him, to feast upon a sight of His face! O for the long summer day of endless ages to stand beside Him and enjoy Him! O time, O sin, be removed out of the way! O day! O fairest of days, dawn!”[2]

The union and communion that Rutherford had with the living God was his supreme delight and passion. He found his strength in Christ. Do you? Christian, do you understand the realities that are yours in Christ? Do you understand the privilege that it is to commune daily with the living God? Oh, that we would not take this privilege lightly. May we make it our aim to commune with God before we commune with man.

2)      The Supreme Beauty of Christ:

Secondly, Rutherford saw Christ in all his loveliness. He would often say, he is all-together lovely. Rutherford would later write, “I am sure, that if ye see Him in His beauty and glory, ye shall see Him to be all things, and that incomparable jewel of gold that ye should seek, howbeit ye should sell… I would far rather look but through the hole of Christ’s door, to see but the one half of His fairest and most comely face (for He looketh like heaven!), suppose I should never win in to see His excellency and glory to the full, than enjoy the flower, the bloom, and the chiefest excellency of the glory and riches of ten worlds.”[3]

Rutherford saw that Christ was the Chief among ten-thousands. His beauty and loveliness far surpass everything. For that reason, Samuel Rutherford gave his life to beholding the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. He longed to see Christ more. He longed to display this all-together lovely Christ to a dying world. He was captivated by the supreme beauty of Christ. Are you? Can you say, “all that thrills my soul is Jesus”?

3) A Proper Perspective on Suffering:

Most of Rutherford’s letters were written through seasons of tremendous trials. Yet, the Lord in his providence used Rutherford’s suffering for a greater purpose, namely, to minister to others. Rutherford shows the believer that their suffering is not meaningless. Rather, it is a means by which the gracious God grows them into Christ-likeness. Rutherford writes: “I think it is a sweet thing that Christ saith of my cross, ‘Half mine;’ and that He divideth these sufferings with me and taketh the larger share to Himself; nay, that I and my whole cross are wholly Christ’s. Oh, what a portion is Christ! Oh that the saints would dig deeper in the treasures of His wisdom and excellency.”[4]

Again, speaking on suffering, Rutherford writes: “The thorn is one of the most cursed, and angry, and crabbed weeds that the earth yieldeth, and yet out of it springeth the rose, one of the sweetest-smelled flowers, and most delightful to the eye, that the earth hath. Your Lord shall make joy and gladness out of your affiliations; for all His roses have a fragrant smell… But, Madam, come near to the Godhead, and look down to the bottom of the well; there is much in Him, and sweet were that death to drown in such a well.”[5]

In our suffering, Rutherford reminds us to look to Christ. Know that our trials are sovereignly ordained by our Heavenly Father for our good. At times, we must go through the fiery furnace of affliction. However, it is in that process where all of our infirmities and pollutants are scraped off, and in the end, we come out purer. Christian, in your afflictions, look to Christ!

In this post, we have seen three things: (1) The importance of union and communion with Christ, (2) the supreme beauty of Christ, (3) a proper perspective on suffering. I will conclude this post with Rutherford’s words as an exhortation to you:

“If those frothy, fluctuating, and restless hearts of ours would come all about Christ, and look into His love, to bottomless love, to the depth of mercy, to the unsearchable riches of His grace, to inquire after and search into the beauty of God in Christ, they would be swallowed up in the depth and height, length and breadth of His goodness. Oh, if men would draw the curtains, and look into the inner side of the ark, and behold how the fullness of the Godhead dwelleth in Him Bodily! Oh! Who would not say, “Let me die, let me die ten times, to see a sight of Him?”[6]

“But O for his insatiable desires Christward! O for ten such men in Scotland to stand in the gap! – men who all day long find nothing but Christ to rest in, whose very sleep is a pursuing after Christ in dreams, and who intensely desire to ‘awake with His likeness.”[7]

May God by his grace give us such men and women like Rutherford. Amen.

**Note: To purchase a copy of The Letters of Samuel Rutherford, published by Banner of Truth, click here.

 

 

Citations:

[1] The Sword and Trowel, 1891.

[2] Samuel, Rutherford. Letters of Samuel Rutherford. 1984. Reprint, (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2012), 13 – 15.

[3] Samuel, Rutherford. Letters of Samuel Rutherford, 378, 446.

[4] Ibid, 480.

[5] Ibid, 71.

[6] Samuel, Rutherford. Letters of Samuel Rutherford, 185.

[7] Ibid, 30.

Grace Grows In Winter

It was Samuel Rutherford who once said, “I see grace grows best in winter.” In other words, it is often in the school of suffering where the Christian learns the most. In fact, the greatest seminary course you can take is found within the school of suffering. The All-Wise and Sovereign God often brings his choicest servants through the fiery furnace of suffering in order to refine them and make them more wholly devoted to Himself.

 In a time of suffering, it is very easy to seek an “emotional” experience to ease the pain… “Maybe I just need to feel happier.” “Maybe I need to get my emotions all fired up again…” However, if we are seeking some emotional experience, we are seeking that which is fleeting and does not last. Sometimes this “experience” may not even come! Sinclair Ferguson argues that “the foundation of worship in the heart is not emotional… it is theological.” It is as we ponder and meditate upon theological truths that our hearts are transformed. Our call as Christians is to saturate our minds with the glories of God in the face of Jesus Christ. As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, where do we look? We look to our good shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to think of his all-sufficiency, his beauty, his loveliness. Brethren, give your life to unfolding the glories of Jesus Christ. John Flavel reminds us that eternity itself will never fully unfold Christ. Brethren, we have barely scratched the surface of knowing this all-glorious, all-majestic God. Give your life to the study of God.

When you are entering a season of suffering, look to the all-compassionate Saviour who knows your every trial, struggle, and need. One hymn that has ministered greatly to my soul is Jesus, Jesus, All-Sufficient by William Williams Pantycelyn (1717-1791):

“Jesus, Jesus, all-sufficient, Beyond telling is Thy worth; In Thy Name lie greater treasures, Than the richest found on earth. Such abundance is my portion with my God.

In Thy gracious face there’s beauty, Far surpassing every thing, Found in all the earth’s great wonders, Mortal eye hath ever seen. Rose of Sharon, Thou Thyself art heaven’s delight.”

Brethren, I urge you… Look to the all-together lovely Lord Jesus! He is the all-sufficient King seated on His Throne! There is no one else in his class! He is far superior to all, and above all! He holds the Universe together by His command! He is worthy beyond all telling! No one can fully comprehend the worth of this Glorious Saviour! In Christ lay the greatest treasures in the world! Unfathomable oceans of grace are in Christ for you. Dive deep into the things of God! You will never come to the bottom of its depths. As you suffer trials of various kinds, lift up your eyes to your beautiful Saviour. One glance of him will sustain your soul. He is all-together lovely!

 

 

The Journey Begins

It was on March 20th, 1832, after reading part of the Life of Jonathan Edwards, where Robert Murray McCheyne wrote these words: “How feeble my spark of Christianity appear beside such a sun! But even his was a borrowed light, and the same source is still open to enlighten me.”

As McCheyne reflects upon Jonathan Edwards, a giant in church history, he reminds us that even Edwards had a borrowed light. The same source is still open to us today. We have the same means of grace that Edwards had. These “giants” of the faith were men who dug deep into that unfathomable, never-ending well of love in Christ. They at one time tasted the steams of earth, but it did not satisfy their longing soul. Instead, they went to the true fountain of all life, the Lord Jesus Christ. They drunk deeply from the well of Christ’s never-ceasing love.

John Flavel writes, that it is the study of Christ which “stamps a heavenly glory upon the contemplating soul.” He reminds us that “eternity itself cannot fully unfold him.” How amazing is that? For all of eternity we will be unfolding the glories of Christ. We have barely even scratched the surface on this earthly journey. The response to this glorious truth is to “separate, devote, and wholly give yourself, your time, and your strength to this most sweet, transcendent study.”

This blog post will seek to do just that. It will be a place where I can write about my daily meditations as I seek to drink deeply from that rich storage we have in the Scriptures. I pray that the meditations of my heart might be pleasing to God and beneficial to your soul.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Eternity itself cannot fully unfold him. — John Flavel

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