Today in the Way, the Truth, and Life section, we are featuring an outstanding audio message from the works of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Victorian England’s best-known Baptist minister. The message was preached on October 4, 1857 at the Musical Hall of the Royal Surrey Gardens in London England. The message is titled, “Fear Not” and the text is found in Isaiah 41:14.
Spurgeon was born on June 19, 1834 in Kelvedon, Essex and spent his childhood and early teenage years in Stambourne, Colchester, and Newmarket. In 1856 he married Susannah Thompson; their only children, twin sons Thomas and Charles, were born on September 20, 1857.
Spurgeon had no formal education beyond Newmarket Academy, which he attended from August 1849 to June 1850, but he was very well-read in Puritan theology, natural history, and Latin and Victorian literature. His lack of a college degree was no hindrance to his remarkable preaching career, which began in 1850, when he was only fifteen years old. Spurgeon’s preaching was both enormously popular and highly controversial. Some regarded him as the greatest orator since Whitefield; others criticized him as theatrical, awkward, and even sacrilegious.
Illness forced Spurgeon to keep a low profile during the last few years of his life. He preached his final sermon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London on June 7, 1891. He died in France on January 31, 1892; on February 9, over 60,000 people filed past his casket in the Tabernacle. He was buried at Norwood Cemetery on February 11. His God inspired messages continue to be read and referenced over 100 years after his death. Please enjoy and share this message with your email and social media networks.
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