In Maine that translates as beyond awesome. That’s this message. You. have. got. to. hear. it. There’s no way to express in words what hearing the Word of God can do in your life and how it can transform you (me). It is my daily prayer that the Word would not return void in my life. That I would mix faith with what I hear. That I would focus on Christ on not myself (which is so easy to do). And that Christ’s light would so grow in my life that others would see. So pray. Pray this for me:
Ephesians 6:19 And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel.
I am not praying for God to make me a preacher but one who wins souls because the Bible says one who wins souls is wise. One soul is worth more than the whole earth. Lord, give me a burden for souls.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. 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). The congregation quickly outgrew their building, moved to Exeter Hall, then to Surrey Music Hall. In these venues Spurgeon frequently preached to audiences numbering more than 10,000—all in the days before electronic amplification. In 1861 the congregation moved permanently to the newly constructed Metropolitan Tabernacle.
1. The Chief Business: In the words of history’s greatest preachers (Charles Spurgeon) – Soul-winning is the chief business of the Christian minister indeed, it should be the main pursuit of every true believer. We should say with Simon Peter, “I go a fishing,” and with Paul our aim should be, “That I might by all means save some.”
2. Distribution of tracts: I well remember distributing them in a town in England where tracts had never been distributed before, and going from house to house, and telling in humble language the things of the kingdom
of God. I might have done nothing, if I had not been encouraged by finding myself able to do
something...[Tracts are] adapted to those persons who have but little power and little ability, but
nevertheless, wish to do something for Christ. They have not the tongue of the eloquent, but they
may have the hand of the diligent. They cannot stand and preach, but they can stand and distribute
here and there these silent preachers . . . They may buy their thousand tracts, and these they can distribute broadcast.
“I look upon the giving away of a religious tract as only the first step for action not to be compared
with many another deed done for Christ; but were it not for the first step we might never
reach to the second, but that first attained, we are encouraged to take another, and so at the
last . . . There is a real service of Christ in the distribution of the gospel in its printed form, a service
the result of which heaven alone shall disclose, and the judgment day alone discover. How many
thousands have been carried to heaven instrumentally upon the wings of these tracts, none can
tell. “I might say, if it were right to quote such a Scripture, ‘The leaves were for the healing of the
nations’—verily they are so. Scattered where the whole tree could scarcely be carried, the very
leaves have had a medicinal and a healing virtue in them and the real word of truth, the simple
statement of a Savior crucified and of a sinner who shall be saved by simply trusting in the Savior,
has been greatly blessed, and many thousand souls have been led into the kingdom of heaven by
this simple means. Let each one of us, if we have done nothing for Christ, begin to do something
now. The distribution of tracts is the first thing.