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The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon
Author: Steven J. Lawson
Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenth-century London, is remembered today as the prince of preachers. However, the strength of Spurgeon s ministry went far beyond simple rhetorical skill. With a foundational commitment to the Bible, Spurgeon fearlessly taught the doctrines of grace and tirelessly held forth the free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. In short, he was a firm believer in the truth of the gospel and the power of the gospel to save.
Steve Lawson, a great preacher in his own right, has emerged as our generation's finest biographer of great preachers. His works on John Calving and Jonathan Edwards are both masterpieces. Steve has a knack for pointing out and explaining the outstanding traits that made each of these unique preachers truly important and influential. This work on Charles Spurgeon is likewise brilliant, highlighting Spurgeon's Calvinistic convictions alongside his evangelistic zeal-showing why those two characteristics are perfectly harmonious and equally essential characteristics of any truly biblical ministry. A riveting work, this book will fuel your enthusiasm for both sound doctrine and earnest evangelism. --Dr. John MacArthur: Pastor, Grace Community Church; President, The Masters College and Seminary Sun Valley, CaliforniaI own at least three dozen different biographies of the prince of preachers, but Steve Lawson's new book on Charles Spurgeon will from now on have akey place of prominence in my short list of favorites. Dr. Lawson understands what made the great preacher's heart beat: it was the gospel, charged with a passion for the souls of lost people and kept steady by the doctrines of grace. The clear rhythm of that pulse reverberates through this book and it's a catchy beat. I'm profoundly glad for that, and I hope countless readers will be moved to get in step with the cadence. --Phil Johnson: Executive director, Grace to You; Curator, The Spurgeon ArchiveFor more than thirty-six years, Steve Lawson has had an intense interest in the ministry of Charles Spurgeon. In April 1976, he wrote a paper on Spurgeon's theological controversies for a Baptist history class at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In that paper, Lawson said about Spurgeon, 'He magnified God's grace and glorified God's Son.' Lawson has shown in this book how those traits of Spurgeon's ministry, plus his thorough commitment to the infallibility of Scripture, his fervent grace-centered evangelism, his utter dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit, and his personal courage, make Spurgeon transcend the ages as a model for church-centered gospel ministry. Every Christian will be encouraged by Lawson's description of Spurgeon's life and his analysis of Spurgeon's driving commitments to the whole counsel of God. Loaded with pungent quotes from Spurgeon and punctuated with helpful and pertinent exhortations from Lawson, this is a book for us all. --Dr. Thomas J. Nettles: Professor of historical theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.
Related Product: 9781567692808
Publication Date: 20150315
Subject: REL093000-RELIGION / Christianity / Calvinist,REL080000-RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Preaching,REL108020-RELIGION / Christian Church / History,BIO018000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious
About The Author:
Dr. Steven J. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, and a teaching fellow of Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of seventeen books, his most recent being Pillars of Grace, as well as The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards and The Expository Genius of John Calvin, both in the Long Line of Godly Men Profiles series from Reformation Trust Publishing, for which he serves as series editor. He has contributed numerous articles to journals and periodicals, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences. He and his wife, Anne, live in Mobile.