Spurgeon’s Grandfather and the Gospel: A Snapshot in Time

Tuesday is for Preaching

“The great English preacher C.H. Spurgeon recounted one of the more unusual experiences of his highly unusual life. he was headed to Haverhill in Suffolk and, due to rail delays, was running late for a preaching engagement. I’ll let him pick up the story here:

“So it happened that I reached the appointed place considerably behind time. Like sensible people, they had begun their worship, and had proceeded as far as the sermon. As I neared the chapel, I perceived that someone was in the pulpit preaching, and who should the preacher be but my dear and venerable grandfather! He saw me as I came in at the front door, and made my way up the aisle, and at once he saidHere comes my grandson! He may preach the gospel better than I can, but he cannot preach a better gospel; can you, Charles?’ As I passed through the throng, I answered, ‘You can preach better than I can. Pray go on.’ But he would not agree to that. I must take the sermon, and so I did, going on with the subject there and then, just where he left off.”
Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology, Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan III, R. Albert Mohler Jr., C.J. Mahaney (Crossway, 2009), p. 11. 

Exhortation: Make it your goal to so know the beauty of the gospel that you can pick up its thread from anywhere in the Scripture and preach the cross.

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