Some sermons need no introduction.
This is true of Spurgeon’s Lost Sermon, No 127, entitled “The Most Excellent Rock”. Charles wastes no time in getting to his main point: God in Christ is a glorious rock, firm and secure always.
Spurgeon establishes his point by appealing to the glory and trustworthiness of the Bible. The “indisputable” truth and “heavenly love” found in Scripture, all the blessings and promises and doctrines of the Word have a singular focus—to point toward the triune God.
“The God of the Bible is the greatest glory of the Bible.”
There is a reason that the Bible is meant always to point to God. He is a worthy foundation, “the great foundation of all”. He provides strength to carry our loads, unwavering faithfulness in unsure times, blessings always, and protection from all our enemies. Those who know the God of the Bible, as solid and sure as he is, know peace.
“The clefts of our rock are inaccessible by all our foes. Here, let us sleep.”
The surefire confidence of the Christian relies not only on the firmness of their Rock, but the utter superiority of him. Spurgeon is right to confess that “the rocks of the wicked are not like our rock.” Worldly idols and false gods provide no blessed happiness, no “certain safety”, no “solid security”, and no eternal promises of life.
All other “rocks”, being inferior the the Rock, are mere pebbles in the sand.
“May God pull us all off the sand on to the rock, Jesus Christ.”
You can read an excerpt from “The Most Excellent Rock” below. Be sure to pick up The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, vol. 2, available now, for more sermons from Spurgeon’s earliest ministry.
About The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon
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 have been lost to history. In 2017, B&H Academic began releasing a multi-volume set that includes full-color facsimiles, transcriptions, contextual and biographical introductions, and editorial annotations. Written for scholars, pastors, and students alike, The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon will add approximately 10 percent more material to Spurgeon’s body of literature. Click here for an interview between Jared Wilson and Christian George about the Lost Sermons project.