Jottings – Know Thyself vs. Know Thy God

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Know thyself, O man, and that will make thee miserable; know thy God, O Christian, and that will make thee rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Dilemma and Deliverance,” in The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 6. Originally preached on December 4, 1859. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1860), 9.

 

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Jottings – Architecture Apparel Music and Liturgies are Neither Spirit nor Life

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Our weapons are the words of Jesus—these are spirit and these are life. Architecture, apparel, music, liturgies, these are neither spirit nor life: let those rest on them who will; we can do without them, by God’s help. Our sires, in the Puritanic age, fought and won the battles of Christ without these things. In later days, Whitfield stirred his age with nothing but the Word of God. Rowlands and Christmas Evans roused the men of Wales with no attraction but the cross. My dear brethren in Christ, ministers of the gospel who are now present, let me conjure you, stand to the gospel. Set your backs against the tendency of the times to depart from the simplicity of Jesus Christ.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “A Blow For Puseyism,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 11. Originally preached on October 8, 1865. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1865), 563–564.

 

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Jottings – Threading Your Way Through the Crowd

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If the whole world shall run headlong down the broad road, be it yours to thread your way through the crowd against the current along the uphill way of life. The dead fish floats down the stream, the live fish goes against it. Show your life by shunning unholy example.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “A Sermon From A Rush,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 11. Originally preached on September 24, 1865. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1865), 536.

 

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Jottings – This Year May the Secret of the Lord Be With You

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Absence from Christ is hell; but presence with Christ is heaven; and, as we get nearer to him, our heaven becomes more heavenly, and we enjoy it more, and feel more that it is of God. Oh! may you this year come to the very well of Bethlehem, and not merely receive a vessel from it, as David did, at the risk of the lives of three mighty men; but may you come to the well and drink—drink from the well itself, from that bottomless well-spring of eternal love. Oh, this year may the secret of the Lord be with you, and may you be in the secret place of the Most High! My Master, shouldest thou permit me to ask thee one thing as a special favour, it should be this, that I may ‘know him and the power of his resurrection, being made conformable to his death!’ Nearer to thee, blessed Lord, nearer to thee: this all our cry shall be. The Lord grant that our cry may be heard, that we may grow in the knowledge of Christ!”

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “A Psalm For The New Year,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 8. Originally preached on January 5, 1862. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1862), 7.

 

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Jottings – Praise is Never Out of Season

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The apostles, we must remark, very frequently suspended their writing in order to lift up their hearts in praise. Praise is never out of season, and it is no interruption to interrupt any engagement in order to laud and magnify our God.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “A Psalm For The New Year,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 8. Originally preached on January 5, 1862. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1862), 8.

 

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Jottings – The Power From On High

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It is extraordinary grace, not talent, that wins the day. It is extraordinary spiritual power, not extraordinary mental power, that we need. Mental power may fill a chapel; but spiritual power fills the Church. Mental power may gather a congregation; spiritual power will save souls. We want spiritual power. Oh! we know some before whom we shrink into nothing as to talent, but who have no spiritual power; and when they speak, they have not the Holy Spirit with them; but we know others—simple-hearted, worthy men, who speak their country dialect, and who stand up to preach, and whether it be in a barn, or the village green, the Spirit of God clothes every word with power. Hearts are broken, souls are saved, and sinners are born again. O Spirit of the living God! we want Thee. Thou art the life, the soul, the source of Thy people’s success. Without Thee they can do nothing; with Thee they can do everything. Dear readers, we want above all things, the ‘power from on high.’

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Preface,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 8. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1862), vi.

 

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Jottings – Let Us All Seek to Get Nearer to Christ

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O brethren, let us all seek to get nearer to Christ. Let us all take the eagle’s motto, ‘Superior.’ Higher, higher, higher; soar yet beyond. Let us seek to attain what we have not as yet known; and as for the things which remain, let us hold them fast that no man take our crown. ‘Whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.’ Let us not decline from our first love, but rather, ‘not as though we had already attained, either were already perfect,’ let us forget the things which are behind, and press forward to that which is before, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. The Lord bless his church richly…and make us all to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Backsliding Healed,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 16. Originally preached on March 13, 1870. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1870), 156.

 

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Jottings – The Way To Grow Strong In Christ Is To Become Weak In Yourself


Oh! beloved, yield your hearts to God. Do not become self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is Satan’s net, wherein he catcheth men, like poor silly fish, and doth destroy them. Be not self-sufficient. Think yourselves nothing, for ye are nothing, and live by God’s help. The way to grow strong in Christ is to become weak in yourself. God poureth no power into man’s heart till man’s power is all poured out. Live, then, daily, a life of dependence on the grace of God. Do not set thyself up as if thou wast an independent gentleman; do not start in thine own concerns as if thou couldst do all things thyself; but live always trusting in God.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Indwelling Sin,” in The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons, Vol. II. Originally preached on June 1, 1856. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1856), p. 240.

 

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Jottings – True Consolation

Consolation can be found nowhere save in Christ.

Commenting on Philippians 2:1 ~

“Consolation is the dropping of a gentle dew from heaven on desert hearts beneath. True consolation, such as can reach the heart, must be one of the choicest gifts of divine mercy; and surely we are not erring from sacred Scripture when we avow that in its full meaning, consolation can be found nowhere save in Christ, who has come down from heaven, and who has again ascended to heaven, to provide strong and everlasting consolation for those whom he has bought with his blood.”

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Consolation in Christ,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 7. Originally preached on December 2, 1860. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1861), 1.

 

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Jottings – I Have A Need For Christ, I Have A Great Christ For My Need

I Have A Need For Christ, I Have A Great Christ For My Need

“I have a need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.”

 

C.H. Spurgeon, The Salt-cellars: Being a Collection of Proverbs, Together with Homely Notes Thereon, Volume 1. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1889), Page 291.

 

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