Spurgeon the Evangelist

February 16, 2023

We typically think of Spurgeon as a bold, fearless preacher who regularly proclaimed the gospel to thousands throughout his 40-year ministry. But when it came to personal evangelism, Spurgeon confessed his timidity, I often envy those of my brethren who can go up to individuals and talk to them with freedom about their souls. I do …

Soul Winning: C. S. Lovett vs. C. H. Spurgeon

April 5, 2022

In 1959, C. S. Lovett, pastor of Baldwin Park Baptist Church, published his guide to personal evangelism, entitled Soul-Winning Made Easy. In it, he describes “the controlled conversation technique,” which “ignores excuses and complete side-steps the explosive area of religious debate.” Instead, Lovett focuses on Revelation 3: Jesus knocking on the door of our hearts …

The Planter of the Ear Must Hear

October 31, 1889

The Planter of the Ear Must Hear   “He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?” — Psalm xciv. 9.   THE character of a man hinges upon his relation to God. You may know what manner of man he is, and what are his communications, if you find …


Sown Among Thorns

August 19, 1888

Sown Among Thorns   “And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.”— Matthew xiii. 7. “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.”— Matthew xiii. 22.   WHEN that which comes …

Matthew:13:7 & 22

Loving Persuasion

June 26, 1887

Loving Persuasion   “Persuading them concerning Jesus.”— Acts xxviii. 23.   WHEREVER Paul is, he has but one errand; and whenever Paul preaches, he has but one subject. Once at Athens, when he addressed the Areopagus, he seemed to wander a little from his main point, and no special good followed, but this experience bound him all the faster …


The Pleading of the Last Messenger

March 6, 1887

The Pleading of the Last Messenger   “Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. And they took him, and killed him, and cast …


The Soul-Winner

January 20, 1876

The Soul-Winner   “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”— Proverbs xi. 30.   I HAD very great joy last night— many of you know why, but some do not. We held our annual meeting of the church, and it was a very pleasant sight to see so many …


Every-Day Usefulness

February 14, 1869

Every-Day Usefulness   “And he brought him to Jesus.” — John 1:42.   WE have a most intense desire for the revival of religion in our own midst, and throughout all the churches of our Lord Jesus. We see that error is making great advances, and we would fain lift up a banner for the cause of truth; we …


Fields White for Harvest

July 29, 1866

Fields White for Harvest   “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”— John iv. 35.   MANY unbelieving Christians have a very large stock of reasons for not expecting to see many conversions. …