baptist and reformed devotionals
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1854, just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 20, became pastor of London's famed New Park Street Church (formerly pastored by the famous Baptist theologian John Gill). The congregation quickly outgrew their building, moved to Exeter Hall, then to Surrey Music Hall. In these venues Spurgeon frequently preached to audiences numbering more than 10,000all in the days before electronic amplification. In 1861 the congregation moved permanently to the newly constructed Metropolitan Tabernacle.
A promise from God may very instructively be compared to a check payable to order. It is given to the believer with the view of bestowing upon him some good thing. It is not meant that he should read it over comfortably, and then have done with it. No, he is to treat the promise as a reality, as a man treats a check.
Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith
La Chequera del Banco de la Fe
Octavius Winslow—"Our desire is that the Holy Spirit, who is the Divine Revealer and Interpreter of Christ and His truth, may impart to your hearts a sober, spiritual and sanctifying receptivity of His Word; abasing self, and exalting Christ! Our intention is to unfold and illustrate the Lord Jesus Christ in the relation in which He stands to His people; to unveil His glory, beauty, and fullness; to define the close bond of union that unites to Him all His people; and to bring you into a more personal realization of what Christ is to you, and of what you are to Christ." - Octavius Winslow
Spurgeon said of F.B. Meyer, "Meyer preaches as a man who has seen
God face to face".
Born in a devout Baptist home, Meyer was heavily influenced by a Quaker grandmother and by his good friend D L Moody. From an early age he felt that God was going to call him to the ministry, and was even told by his Baptist pastor "Some day you will stand at the end of the aisle and shake hands with the people as I am doing now". Meyer preached more than sixteen thousand sermons over his successful sixty-year ministry, yet he said "I am just God's errand boy." His sermons are among the finest examples of devotional preaching - yet these sermons were most effective because they were a reflection of the life that Meyer lived in Christ - holy, devoted, and saintly.
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