Lectures to My Students
The most beautiful edition of this book probably ever printed.
While C.H. Spurgeon is still remembered as being the most popular preacher of his era, it is often forgotten that the influence he exercised on fellow ministers and theological students was possibly an even greater factor in his life than his own personal ministry.
That he organized a college, supervised the training of some 845 students, presided at an annual conference of ministers, and regarded all this as his life’s labor and delight, are facts little known today. This volume of his lectures to those students contains the substance of his Friday afternoon addresses at the college. A new, complete, unabridged edition.
This new complete and unabridged edition, which has been newly typeset, contains all the lectures in the original first and second series, including: The Minister’s Self-Watch, The Preacher’s Private Prayer, The Minister’s Fainting Fits, The Holy Spirit in Connection with our Ministry, The Need of Decision for the Truth, and On Conversion as our Aim.
Also included is a third series of lectures, originally published as The Art of Illustration, which focuses on the nature, use, and sources of illustrations and anecdotes in preaching.
To make this new edition as complete as possible, the publishers have also included Spurgeon’s valuable book, Commenting and Commentaries which contains two further lectures and a huge, fascinating, and humorous annotated catalogue of his views on the various commentaries one could purchase. This catalogue, compiled by Spurgeon after a review of 3,000-4,000 volumes, is anything but dull: calculated to produce enthusiasts for books, it also opens up a new world by its well-placed signposts to the riches of the past.
Quoting Spurgeon himself:
“My College lectures are colloquial, familiar, full of anecdote, and often humorous: they are purposely made so, to suit the occasion. At the end of the week I meet the students, and find them weary with sterner studies, and I judge it best to be as lively and interesting in my prelections as I well can be. They have had their fill of classics, mathematics, and divinity, and are only in a condition to receive something which will attract and secure their attention, and fire their hearts.
The solemn work with which the Christian ministry concerns itself demands a man’s all, and that all at its best. To engage in it half-heartedly is an insult to God and man. Slumber must forsake our eyelids sooner than men shall be allowed to perish. Yet we are all prone to sleep as do others, and students, among the rest, are apt to act the part of the foolish virgins; therefore have I sought to speak out my whole soul, in the hope that I might not create or foster dullness in others. May He, in whose hand are the churches and their pastors, bless these words to younger brethren in the ministry, and if so I shall count it more than a full reward, and shall gratefully praise the Lord.” — C. H. Spurgeon