Obviously, there’s no sure way to quantify any preacher’s impact, but the numbers for Charles Spurgeon are telling.
Known as the “Prince of Preachers,” the British Baptist pastor is estimated to have preached 3,500 sermons to about 10 million people, a staggering number in pre-Internet days. He published 49 volumes of commentaries, anecdotes and devotionals during his lifetime, and the complete collection of his sermons fills 63 volumes, making it the largest set of books by a single author in the history of Christianity.
A pastor in London for almost 40 years, Spurgeon was one of the most well-known pastors of his day. And even now, more than 120 years after his death, he continues to be an important and influential voice across denominations in the Church.
Perhaps one reason for Spurgeon’s continuing legacy is his ability to speak plainly and clearly. He is immensely quotable. So, in honor of Spurgeon’s 181st Birthday, here is a collection of some of his most profound quotes.
“God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God”
“If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all; and the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us.”
On Being Productive
“The way to do a great deal is to keep on doing a little. The way to do nothing at all is to be continually resolving that you will do everything.”
“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.”
“All the flowers of the field, and many of the beasts of the plain, and now the very orbs of heaven, are turned into metaphors and symbols by which the glory of Jesus may be manifested to us. Where God takes such pains to teach, we ought to be at pains to learn.”
“A Jesus who never wept could never wipe away my tears.”
“Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.”
“None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.”
“If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company.”
Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior.
“I have a great need for Christ: I have a great Christ for my need.”
“Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.”
“If Christ is not all to you He is nothing to you. He will never go into partnership as a part Savior of men. If He be something He must be everything, and if He be not everything He is nothing to you.”
“All places are places of worship to a Christian. Wherever he is, he ought to be in a worshiping frame of mind.”
The more we pray, the more we shall want to pray. The more we pray, the more we can pray. The more we pray, the more we shall pray. He who prays little will pray less, but he who prays much will pray more. And he who prays more, will desire to pray more abundantly.
On Reading the Bible
“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”
“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
“Pride is the devil’s dragnet in which he takes more fish than in any other, except procrastination.”
“If you are to go to Christ, do not put on your good doings and feelings, or you will get nothing; go in your sins, they are your livery. Your ruin is your argument for mercy; your poverty is your plea for heavenly alms; and your need is the motive for heavenly goodness. Go as you are, and let your miseries plead for you.”
“There is hardship in everything except eating pancakes.”
Dargan is a former RELEVANT editor turned freelancer. Find her online at darganthompson.com or follow her extremely random train of thought on Twitter @darganthompson.