Monday, February 2, 2015

IN EVERYthing -- Make a Beeline to JESUS! (C. H. Spurgeon)

Historians call Charles Haddon Spurgeon the "Prince of Preachers" and his guiding motto in life is...
"In EVERYthing -- make a beeline to JESUS!"

Here's the well-known story that explains Spurgeon's motto...

Much later in Spurgeon's ministry, a young pastor asked him to listen to him preach and give him a critique -- a common request since Spurgeon was revered by other preachers. After he listened to the young man's impassioned sermon, Spurgeon was honest -- he thought it was well prepared and well delivered, but it nevertheless...STUNK.

"Will you tell me why you think it a poor sermon?" asked the young pastor.

"Because," said Spurgeon, "There was NO CHRIST in it."

The young man said, "Well, CHRIST was not in the text; we are not to be preaching CHRIST always, we must preach what is in the text."

The old man responded, "Don't you know, young man, that from every town, and every village, and every little hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London?"

"Yes," said the young man.

"Ah! said the old preacher, "and so from every text in Scripture there is a road to the metropolis of the Scriptures, that is CHRIST. Dear brother, when you get to a text, say, 'Now, what is the road to CHRIST?' and then preach a sermon, running along the road towards the great metropolis -- CHRIST." (Sermon 242, CHRIST -- Precious to Believers, preached by C.H. Spurgeon, March 13, 1859)

(Ephesians 3:20)

CHRIST JESUS was in the beginning with GOD; ALL things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was LIFE, and the LIFE was the LIGHT of men. The LIGHT shines in the darkness, and the darkness has NOT overcome it. (John 1:1-5, RSV)

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