An excerpt from Spurgeon’s inaugural sermon at Metropolitan Tabernacle on March 18, 1861, summarizes the famous preacher well. He was, above all else, a gospel-driven man. He was also a theologically-convinced credoBaptist and an evangelical Calvinist in the mold of his Puritan heroes such as John Bunyan and George Whitefield.
“I would propose that the subject of the ministry of this house, as long as this platform shall stand, and as long as this house shall be frequented by worshippers, shall be the person of Jesus Christ. I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist, although I claim to be rather a Calvinist according to Calvin, than after the modern debased fashion. I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist. You have there (pointing to the baptistry) substantial evidence that I am not ashamed of that ordinance of our Lord Jesus Christ; but if I am asked to say what is my creed, I think I must reply: ‘It is Jesus Christ.’ My venerable predecessor, Dr. Gill, has left a body of divinity admirable and excellent in its way; but the body of divinity to which I would pin and bind myself for ever, God helping me, is not his system of divinity or any other human treatise, but Christ Jesus, who is the sum and substance of the gospel; who is in himself all theology, the incarnation of every precious truth, the all-glorious personal embodiment of the way, the truth, and the life.”
In the video below, Steve Lawson introduces two notable aspects of Spurgeon’s theology: he believed in the sovereignty of God in salvation and the urgency of evangelism to reach the lost. At the confluence of these two streams, Spurgeon’s ministry thrived. During this video segment, Lawson references three of Spurgeon’s sermons that present these themes in notable fashion:
- The Certainty and Freeness of Divine Grace
- Compel Them to Come In