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Faith Precious: Spurgeon’s Lost Sermon #23

Staff July 6, 2017

In 1857, Charles Spurgeon—the most popular preacher in the Victorian world—promised his readers that he would publish his earliest sermons. For almost 160 years, these sermons were lost to history.

Beginning with this inaugural volume, The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon (B&H Academic, 2017) can finally be read, studied, and enjoyed by pastors, scholars, and anyone who admires Spurgeon’s spiritual insights and literary grace.

Spurgeon preached the sermon, "Faith Precious," in Barton, England on August 10, 1851 (the 35th time he had ever preached). He was only sixteen years old and had not yet accepted the pastorate of his first church, Waterbeach Chapel.

Faith Precious

2 Peter 1:12

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

1. PRECIOUS IN ITS APPROPRIATIONS

It appropriates God in all his persons and attributes.

Father: might, wisdom, truth, justice, eternity, Godhead.

Son: Blood, righteousness, mediation, intercession, love, etc.

Spirit: Influence, guiding, teaching, helping.

2. PRECIOUS IN ITS DISCOVERIES

As an eye, ear, wings.

Past regions: election, redemption, infinite love.

Present things: Sin, Jesus, security, Spirit’s influences.

Future realities: Support, Death, Heaven.

3. PRECIOUS IN ITS ACCOMPANYING BENEFITS

1. Justification, Adoption, Love and favour of God.

2. Regeneration, access with boldness, Promises, All salvation.

4. PRECIOUS IN ITS INFLUENCES

It gives life, animation, vigour,

Freedom, security, happiness, support,

Meetness for heaven by holiness.

5. PRECIOUS IN ITS OWN NATURE

As the work and gift of God. The evidence of glory.

For its eternity and its unfailingness in time of necessity.


Barton.  Aug. 10 / 1851   35

"Well may that be a precious faith which supplies our greatest want, delivers us from our greatest danger, and admits us to the greatest glory."

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