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The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon


In The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, Steven Lawson introduces readers to Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s Christ-centered preaching and passion for souls and helps his readers understand why many call Spurgeon “the Prince of Preachers.”

Lucas Bradburn reviewed Lawson’s book.  He writes:

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” (Heb. 13:7). Remember. Consider. Imitate. Perhaps no modern writer has better helped the church heed these words of exhortation than Steven J. Lawson. Through his Long Line of Godly Men Profiles, Lawson has masterfully demonstrated the important role that church history plays in the Christian life. In his most recent book, Lawson again brings to the fore a godly man from the halls of church history and gleans enduring lessons from his life. This time, Lawson spends some time looking at the life and legacy of “the Prince of Preachers,” Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He does this in three chief ways.

First, Lawson remembersSpurgeon. Following in the footsteps of Iain Murray, Lawson labors to bring the historical record to bear on Spurgeon’s life. Through an abundance of primary source quotations, Lawson allows Charles Spurgeon to speak for himself. What many are quick to forget, Lawson calls our attention to. He does not gloss over the unpopular elements of Spurgeon’s theology, since he knows that these were the most near and dear to Spurgeon’s heart. Indeed, to know Charles Spurgeon truly, one must understand the theology that drove his passion and fueled his preaching. In a word, Spurgeon was unquestionably committed to the Gospel of God’s sovereign grace in Jesus Christ freely offered to sinners. Unpacking this senctence will allow the flow of Lawson’s thesis to unfold.

Read the rest of Lucas’s review here.

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