Calling

“How do I know I’m called?” Spurgeon and the Call to Pastoral Ministry

March 17, 2021

“How do I know if I’ve been called to pastoral ministry?” This was a question that Spurgeon frequently encountered. As the president of the Pastors’ College, Spurgeon interviewed a lot of young men aspiring to pastoral ministry, and he had to turn many of them away. Some criticized Spurgeon for having such a strict view …

God’s Own Gospel Call

June 30, 1889

God’s Own Gospel Call   “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.”— Isaiah lv. 3.   THIS very memorable chapter may be called God’s own gospel-sermon. In reading it we forget Isaiah, and only remember Jehovah. He speaketh …

Isaiah:55:3

Personal and Effectual Calling

February 26, 1888

Personal and Effectual Calling   “He calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.” — John x. 3.   IF you were near an Eastern village, you would probably see a large square, walled about with stones rolled roughly one upon another. You would also see a gate, and perhaps more than one entrance into this enclosure. …

John:10:3

Abram’s Call; or, Half-way and All the Way

February 26, 1888

Abram’s Call; or, Half-way and All the Way   “And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, …

Genesis:11:31 & 12:5

Early and Late, or Horæ Gratiæ

December 10, 1865

Early and Late, or Horæ or Gratiæ   “For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. . . . And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place. . . . Again …

Matthew:20:1, 3, 5-6

Man’s Weakness, and God’s Annointing

September 9, 1860

Man's Weakness, and God's Anointing   "And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me." - 2 Samuel 3:39        You will remember that David was secretly anointed king over Israel by Samuel, but he waited many a weary year before the crown actually rested upon …

2 Samuel:3:39

Vessels of Mercy,-A Sermon of Self-Examination

August 5, 1860

VESSELS OF MERCY,— A SERMON OF SELF-EXAMINATION   “And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory. Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”— Rom. ix. 23, 24        IT is with no view to controversy …

Romans:9:23-24

A Call to the Unconverted

November 8, 1857

A Call to the Unconverted   "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them."—Galatians 3:10        My hearer, art thou a believer, or no? for, …

Galatians:3:10