The solemn work with which the Christian ministry concerns itself demands a man's-all, and that all at its best. To engage in it Half-heartedly is an insult to God and man. Slumber must forsake our eyelids sooner than men shall be allowed to perish. Yet we are all prone to sleep as do others, and students, among the rest, are apt to act the part of the foolish virgins; therefore have I sought to speak out my whole soul, in the hope that I might not create or foster dullness in others. May he in whose hand are the churchess and their pastors bless these words to younger brethren in the ministry, and if so, Is shall count it more than a full reward and shall gratefully praise the Lord.---From Spurgeon's Lectures To My Students
Known as the "Prince of preachers," Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) spent his entire life preaching. It is estimated that he preached six hundred sermons by his twentieth birthday and that during his lifetime he deliveered nearly thirty-six hundred sermons and preached to ten million people. His collected srmons (translated into numerous languagess even in his lifetime) remain one of the best-selling series in history. Christians and seekers throughout the world prize them for their biblical grounding, eloquent text, and simple encouragement to follow Christ.
Recognizing the importance of training men up as preachers, Spurgeon founded The Pastor's College in 1856, just six years after his conversion. It was Spurgeon's habit to lecture at the College every Friday afternoon, bringing his spiritual wisdom and practical experience into the classroom. His lectures are rich reservoirs of knowledge and insight, providing instruction, inspiration, illustrations, and resources for the aspiring preacher. Originally published in four volumes, these lectures reveal a book-lover who was extremely well-read, a communicator who understood the power of a well told story, and a man passionate about his life's calling.
Spurgeon's lectures are as powerful today as they were more than a century ago. Gently updated for the modern reader, this collection includes all of Spurgeon's lectures, including his often overlooked talks on "Commenting" and "Commentaries." This volume is a necessary addition to the library of every pastor, teacher, or evange-list desiring to be trained by the "Prince of Preachers" himself.