The Lasting Impact of C.H. Spurgeon

C.H. Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, passed away on January 31, 1892.

The impact of his ministry, however, continues to this very day.

In picturing the day of his own funeral 20 years earlier, Spurgeon said to his congregation:

…when you see my coffin carried to the silent grave, I should like every one of you, whether converted or not, to be constrained to say, “He did earnestly urge us, in plain and simple language, not to put off the consideration of eternal things. He did entreat us to look to Christ.[1]
C.H. Spurgeon

The appeal of Spurgeon’s preaching was almost immediate, and his Metropolitan Tabernacle was regularly filled with 5000-6000 people.[2]

Even after death, Spurgeon’s ministry has continued to this day through his many volumes of sermons. In them he gives us an example of an unrivaled pastor-theologian who was dedicated the Word of God and the work of evangelism.

Steven Lawson summarizes the massive scope of Spurgeon’s ministry as seen in the volume of his published sermons and written works:

By 1863, Spurgeon’s sermons had already sold more than eight million copies. At the time of his death in 1892, fifty million copies had been sold. By the end of the nineteenth century, more than a hundred million sermons had been sold in twenty-three languages, a figure unmatched by any preacher before or since. Today, this number has reached well over three hundred million copies. A century after his death, there were more works in print by Spurgeon than by any other English-speaking author. Spurgeon is history’s most widely read preacher. [3]

The incredible reach of Spurgeon’s preaching was by no means attained by peddling a shallow Gospel. Instead, one is struck by the theological richness of Spurgeon’s sermons as he boldly preached the Doctrines of Grace.

He truly did earnestly preach the gospel and entreat his hearers to look to Christ, just as he wanted.

Even today, 124 years after his death, we find in C.H. Spurgeon an example of a pastor-theologian that has yet to be matched.

[1] Searchlight on Spurgeon: Spurgeon Speaks for Himself, 225.

[2] C.H. Spurgeon and David Otis Fuller, C.H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography, (Zondervan Pub. House, 1946), 118.

[3] Steven Lawson, The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, (Reformation Trust Publishing), 17.

Clayton Kraby
Written by Clayton Kraby
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