On June 19, 1834, Spurgeon was born in Kelvedon, UK. At 15, he accepted Christ and joined a Baptist church. In fact, most people would describe his theology as Calvinist; Spurgeon, though, said that “if I am asked what is my creed, I reply, ‘It is Jesus Christ.’”
When describing Spurgeon one theologian said the following…“With whom among men can you compare Spurgeon? He combined the preaching power of Jonathan Edwards and Whitefield with the organizing power of Wesley, and the energy, fire, and courage of Luther.”
Spurgeon was truly a gift from God to the church and the preaching community.
Charles Spurgeon’s impact was enormous.
Here are some interesting facts about the “Prince of Preachers”.
•One woman was converted through reading a single page of one of Spurgeon’s sermons wrapped around some butter she had bought.
•Spurgeon read The Pilgrim’s Progress at age 6 and went on to read it over 100 times.
•The collected sermons of Spurgeon during his ministry fill 63 volumes. The sermons’ 20-25 million words are equivalent to the 27 volumes of the ninth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The series stands as the largest set of books by a single author in the history of Christianity.
•Testing the acoustics in the vast Agricultural Hall, Spurgeon shouted, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” A worker high in the rafters of the building heard this and became converted to Christ as a result.
•The theme for Spurgeon’s Sunday morning sermon was usually not chosen until Saturday night.
•For an average sermon, Spurgeon took no more than one page of notes into the pulpit, yet he spoke at a rate of 140 words per minute for 40 minutes.
•By accepting some of his many invitations to speak, Spurgeon often preached 10 times in a week.
•Spurgeon’s personal library contained 12,000 volumes—1,000 printed before 1700. (The library, 5,103 volumes at the time of its auction, is now housed at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.)
•Before he was 20, Spurgeon had preached over 600 times.
•Spurgeon typically read 6 books per week and could remember what he had read—and where—even years later.
•Spurgeon once addressed an audience of 23,654—without a microphone or any mechanical amplification.
•During his lifetime, Spurgeon is estimated to have preached to 10,000,000 people.
•Susannah Thompson, Spurgeon’s wife, became an invalid at age 33 and could seldom attend her husband’s services after that.
•Spurgeon’s mother had 17 children, nine of whom died in infancy.
•Spurgeon missed being admitted to college because a servant girl inadvertently showed him into a different room than that of the principal who was waiting to interview him. (Later, he determined not to reapply for admission when he believed God spoke to him, “Seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not!”)
•Spurgeon had two children—twin sons—and both became preachers. Thomas succeeded his father as pastor of the Tabernacle, and Charles, Jr., took charge of the orphanage his father had founded.
•Spurgeon often worked 18 hours a day. Famous explorer and missionary David Livingstone once asked him, “How do you manage to do two men’s work in a single day?” Spurgeon replied, “You have forgotten that there are two of us.”