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Charles H. Spurgeon's Sermon Notes

This one page of handwritten notes is all Spurgeon took with him into the pulpit when he preached Sermon 2890. A full transcription of the notes is at the bottom of the page. The sermon itself, titled "Unbelievers Upbraided," is also part of the on-line collection of .
You will see by comparing these notes with the actual sermon that in the course of his preaching, Spurgeon recast or paraphrased all the wording he had jotted in his notes, and he never even reached the third main point of his outline. He seemed to know by the time he had completed his introduction that he would not preach all three points, because he announced only two of them. Comparing the notes with the actual sermon will give you some sense of how skilled Spurgeon was in speaking extemporaneously. He had an amazing facility with words, a phenomenal memory, and an uncanny ability to think on his feet.
When we remember that Spurgeon usually waited until Saturday night to prepare his outline for the Sunday morning sermon, we cannot help but be amazed at the richness and depth of his preaching. The key to this was Spurgeon's voracious reading habit. He filled his mind with the truth of God's Word from the beginning to the end of the week, every week of his life. He therefore could preach from the overflow of his heart, and his unique mind and abilities enabled him to give a sermon extemporaneously that most of us would be hard-pressed to write in a whole weeks' time. Preachers who don't have a memory like Spurgeon's or verbal abilities like his would be well advised not to try to follow Spurgeon's method, but to prepare an outline or manuscript with more meat on the bones.


Spurgeon's Sermon Notes
Mark 16:14

This shows us the way in which we must deal with unbelief in ourselves, and in others. It is a sin and should be treated as such. Jesus would not have upbraided had not this been the case.
In the case before us they had repeated testimonies from their own brethren, and backed by his own word—but we have even more guilt, for we know him to be risen and yet doubt.

  1. Let us consider its evil in itself.
    Suppose someone doubted us.
    Think of who he is and what he has done.
    Consider his near and dear relation to us.
    The many times in which we have doubted
    And upon the same matter.
    Where his promises forbade unbelief
    Despite our own declarations.
    What have we believers in preference?

  2. Let us observe the evils which it causes.
    It grieves the Spirit of God.
    It causes disbeliefs in our own hearts.
    It weakens us for action or suffering.
    It depresses others.
    It leaves an ill impression [on] sinners.
    It cannot but gender to bondage.

  3. Let us reflect upon its sinfulness where it reigns.
    It gives God the lie.
    It argues hatred in the heart.
    It is the sign of utter moral death.
    It is the essence of hell.

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