Book Review: The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon

  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust (February 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156769280X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567692808
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches

When I first expressed faith in Christ, I immediately began to read Christian biographies.  One of the biographies I read what was Charles Spurgeon: The Prince of Preachers.  I can’t remember its author.  I do remember, however, it being a small whitish book with a picture of Spurgeon on the cover.  One other thing, even as a teenage, I so was inspired by what I read that I wanted to go out and preach like Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

So after reading Steven Lawson on John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards, when he came out with the latest in the series The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, image how thrilled I was.

While The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon is not your typical lengthy biography, it nevertheless packs quite a punch in the area of both Spurgeon’s soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and evangelism.  Lawson refers to him as a “Calvinist evangelist” (p. 35).  That Spurgeon was influenced by the writings of John Calvin and the Puritans is clear from his sermons and writings.  Spurgeon is what we would call Calvinist Baptist.  He both preached and defended Calvinism.  “I love to proclaim these strong old doctrines, that are called by nickname Calvinism, but which are surely and verily the revealed truth of God as it is in Christ Jesus” (p. 38).

The volume is divided into six delightful chapters with a preface and a conclusion, to go along.  If you’re an admirer of Spurgeon and care to explore what was at the heart of the gospel he preached, this would be a good read.  I highly commend it.

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