I do not offer that which has cost me nothing, for I have done my best, and taken abundant pains. To aim at elegance is to court failure. He was part of several controversies with the Baptist Union of Great Britain and later he left the denomination over doctrinal convictions. Having nothing to conceal, we have no ambition to be obscure. Every architect will tell you that he looks upon his windows as an opportunity for introducing ornament into his design. The topic now before us is the use of illustrations in our sermons.
In 1854, just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 20, became pastor of London's famed New Park Street Church formerly pastored by the famous Baptist theologian John Gill. Comparisons are swords with two edges which cut both ways; and frequently what seems a sharp and telling illustration may be wittily turned against you, so as to cause a laugh at your expense: therefore do not rely upon your metaphors and parables. The comparison is happy and suggestive, and we will build up our discourse under its direction. Spurgeon was the pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel later the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London for 38 years. Humanity coalesced into the major urban centers, and established independent city-states.
A compilation of illustrations from the observations of Charles Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers ever to fill the pulpit. When a critical adversary attacks our metaphors he generally makes short work of them. Therefore, with clear conscience, I place my work at the service of my brethren, especially hoping to have a careful reading from young preachers, whose profiting has been my principal aim. His oratory skills held his listeners spellbound in the Metropolitan Tabernacle and many Christians hold his writings in exceptionally high regard among devotional literature. Johnson's literal rendering of the word illustrate. Our house should be built up with the substantial masonry of doctrine, upon the deep foundation of inspiration; its pillars should be of solid scriptural argument, and every stone of truth should be carefully laid in its place; and then the windows should be ranged in due order, three rows if we will: light against light, like the house of the forest of Lebanon. If we are faithful to the spirit of the gospel we labor to make things plain: it is our study to be simple and to be understood by the most illiterate of our hearers; let us, then, set forth many a metaphor and parable before the people.
In 1861 the congregation moved permanently to the newly constructed Metropolitan Tabernacle. Strange creatures called the Wylder, roamed the ruins of civilization. He wrote wisely who said, The world below me is a glass in which I may see the world above. Very beautiful sermons are generally very useless ones. To activate this feature you must be using: , , , and or a more recent version of any of these. The chief reason for the construction of windows in a house is, as Fuller says, to let in light.
Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime. Happily no one arose to drive him to such a misuse of timber. We will review and make corrections where needed. To use this resource to it's full potential, follow all the links presented within the text of the entry you are reading. To friendly minds images are arguments, but to opponents they are opportunities for attack; the enemy climbs up by the window.
In these venues Spurgeon frequently preached to audiences numbering more than 10,000—all in the days before electronic amplification. Two were partially revised by him before being redelivered to a later company of students than those who had heard them for the first time. Here is an instance which concerns myself, and I give it for that reason, since these lectures have all along been autobiographical. A volume is all the better for engravings, but a scrap-book which is all woodcuts is usually intended for the use of little children. A pile may be massive, but it cannot be pleasing if it is not broken up with windows and other details. A building without windows would be a prison rather than a house, for it would be quite dark, and no one would care to take it upon lease; and, in the same way, a discourse without a parable is prosy and dull, and involves a grievous weariness of the flesh.
He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day. You may build up laborious definitions and explanations and yet leave your hearers in the dark as to your meaning; but a thoroughly suitable metaphor will wonderfully clear the sense. I do not offer that which has cost me nothing, for I have done my best, and taken abundant pains. No reason exists why the preaching of the gospel should be a miserable operation either to the speaker or to the hearer. Our Saviour, who is the light of the world, took care to fill his speech with similitudes, so that the common people heard him gladly; his example stamps with high authority the practice of illuminating heavenly instruction with comparisons and similes. Our congregations hear us with pleasure when we give them a fair measure of imagery: when an anecdote is being told they rest, take breath, and give play to their imaginations, and thus prepare themselves for the sterner work which lies before them in listening to our profounder expositions. The congregation quickly outgrew their building, moved to Exeter Hall, then to Surrey M Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1834-92 was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century.
The lectures in this volume were originally delivered to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, England. The works of God are the shepherd's calendar and the plowman's alphabet. There should, if possible, be at least one good metaphor in the shortest address; as Ezekiel, in his vision of the temple, saw that even to the little chambers there were windows suitable to their size. All scripture references and reference to other entries within the text have been linked. If you find a link that doesn't work correctly, please use our convenient. These illustration were collected by Spurgeon over the course of his ministry and servers today to give greater insight into his thinking. Certainly a gracious discourse is none the better for being bereft of every grace of language.
Often when didactic speech fails to enlighten our hearers we may make them see our meaning by opening a window and letting in the pleasant light of analogy. Riding in a third-class carriage some years ago in the eastern counties, we had been for a long time without a lamp; and when a traveler lighted a candle, it was pleasant to see how all eyes turned that way, and rejoiced in the light: such is frequently the effect of an apt simile in the midst of a sermon; it lights up the whole matter, and gladdens every heart. Even the little children open their eyes and ears, and a smile brightens up their faces as we tell a story; for they, too, rejoice in the light which streams in through our windows. I give a cutting from one of our religious papers: Mr. Pleasantly profitable let all our sermons be. The remaining lecture was printed substantially as it was taken by the reporter; only such verbal corrections having been made as were absolutely necessary to insure accuracy of statement. Quaint Thomas Fuller says, Reasons are the pillars of the fabric of a sermon; but similitudes are the windows which give the best lights.
We think we could find brethren in the ministry who might safely run the same risk in connection with their sermons. We are of the same mind as Joshua Shute, who said: That sermon has most learning in it that has most plainness. Containing 538 entries cross-referenced and cross-linked to other resources on StudyLight. Perhaps we shall best subserve our purpose by working out an illustration in the present address; for there is no better way of teaching the art of pottery than by making a pot. Click an entry displayed in the drop-down box and then the 'find' button to view that entry. Spurgeon thus retorts: 'Naturalists assure us the camel's hump is of great importance in the eyes of the Arabs, who judge of the condition of their beasts by the size, shape, and firmness of their humps. Beecher was neatly tripped up in 'The Sword and the Trowel.