The Greatest Fight in the World
The Final Manifesto
“Fight the good fight of faith.” — 1 Timothy 6:12
Spurgeon delivered The Greatest Fight in the World as final words, to impart to his followers in the faith his belief in the armory of the Scripture, the armor of the church, and the strength that God gives us to fight. Be encouraged and empowered to take up your sword and join the fray of the Christian life. This powerful advice to Christians is a battle charge for living the faithful life whether in Spurgeon’s day or in ours.
Spurgeon outlines our Spirit-given preparation for the fight of faith under three heads.
Our Armory, Our Army, and Our Strength.
In opening these messages, Spurgeon emphasized prayer. The most memorable part of past conferences has been the holy concert of believing prayer. And I trust we are not falling off in that respect. Let us grow more fervent and prevalent in intercession! On his knees the believer is invincible.
“This was an address Spurgeon gave just a few months before he became incapacitated, and a little less than a year before he died. And though he couldn’t have known this would be the last time he would address his beloved students in the Pastor’s College, the clarity of power of the themes: the reliability and power of the Bible, the certain success of the church, the power of the Holy Spirit – were timely then, and they are just as timely today.”
— Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C. and President of 9 Marks
“Spurgeon in full flow, facing the critical issue of his day, is an impressive example of a heart burning with, and for, the glory of God.”
— Steve Timmis, Executive Director of the Acts 29 Network
This sparkling and startling address is perhaps the most rousing call to gospel arms you will ever encounter. If you can read it without being profoundly stirred, I strongly suggest you seek urgent spiritual help.”
— Jonathan Stephen, Principal, Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Bridgend
“It is a jeremiad overladen with a sense of having been defeated for the moment, bloodied, but finally unbowed, and confident that truth will rebound to take a firmer grasp on the people of God than ever.”
— Tom Nettles, Former Senior Professor of Historical Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
Note: Dr. Nettles’ term jeremiad is defined as “a long, mournful complaint.”