Saturday, October 24, 2009

Single-minded preaching


On preaching his first sermon to his congregation at Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, Charles Spurgeon explains to the members of the church where he stands and what the defining concern of his ministry will be.

His first words from the pulpit that day were:
I would propose that the subject of the ministry of this house, as long as this platform shall stand, and as long as this house shall be frequented by worshipers, shall be the person of Jesus Christ. I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist; I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist; but if I am asked what is my creed, I reply, "It is Jesus Christ." My venerated predecessor, Dr. Gill, has left a [theological heritage] admirable and excellent in its way. But the [legacy] to which I would pin and bind myself forever, God helping me,...is Jesus Christ, who is the arm and substance of the gospel, who is in Himself all theology, the incarnation of every precious truth.