The premier center for Spurgeon study.

The Spurgeon Library is the fulfillment of a vision to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ for the academy, for the church, and for the glory of God through the preservation and presentation of Charles Spurgeon’s personal library. Hosted at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Library will sponsor fellowships and scholarships, provide research opportunities for visiting scholars and professors, and conduct conferences, lectureships, and other gatherings.

As a steward of this story, the Library is designed to foster a deeper appreciation of Charles Spurgeon’s life and legacy through books, letters, photographs, sermons, art, and artifacts. In attitude and architecture, the aim of the Library is to create a visual memory – a sermon in stone – that calls for reflection on what God has accomplished in the past and anticipation for what God will accomplish in the future. Following the example of Spurgeon’s own convictions about theological education, the Library equips pastors, teachers, students, and missionaries to fulfill God’s calling upon their lives.

At the height of the Downgrade Controversy, Spurgeon offered a farewell prophesy:

I am quite willing to be eaten by dogs for the next fifty years, but the more distant future shall vindicate me.

Over a century has passed since he uttered those words. Yet today we continue to glean wisdom from the words and witness of “The Prince of Preachers.” Charles Spurgeon still has something to say. So long as the gospel is preached, disciples are made, students are taught, and cities are reached; and so long as future generations look not to Spurgeon but through Spurgeon, Helmut Thielicke’s words will ring true: “This bush from old London still burns and shows no sign of being consumed.”

spurgeon-pictureSpurgeon’s first sermon was unplanned; he preached on the text 1 Peter 2:7In January 1850, Spurgeon attended a service in Colchester. The sermon text was Isaiah 45:22: “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” Spurgeon later wrote, “Oh! I looked until I could almost have looked my eyes away.”

Meet Charles Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was born into an age of optimism and skepticism. Light bulbs replaced gas lamps, engines replaced animals, and with the publications of works like Darwin’s Origin of Species, mid-nineteenth-century evangelicalism sparked as much controversy as electricity. Progress became the quintessential Victorian virtue. With the invention of steam locomotion, the Industrial Revolution pulled England’s population out of the farms and into the factories. By 1859, one half of London’s citizens under the age of 20 had been born outside the city.

By 1892, Spurgeon had written more words in the English language than any other Christian in history. At the age of 19, he, too, moved to London from rural Cambridgeshire. Within a few years, he had become pastor of the largest Protestant congregation in the world. Though not formally educated, Spurgeon reached deeply into Christian history to learn from a wide range of authors, including Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Luther, Calvin, Whitefield, Edwards, the Wesleys, and Charles Simeon. The press portrayed him as being out of step with his time. Some perceived him as a fossil from a previous era. But after nearly four decades of ministry, Spurgeon’s voice had reached crowds of over twenty-three thousand. ‘

Through the lens of the Baptist tradition, Spurgeon illuminated the doctrines of grace that had been rediscovered by the Protestant Reformers, appropriated by the English Puritans, and manifested in the evangelical awakenings. Often called “The Last Puritan,” Spurgeon’s childhood encounters with the writings of John Bunyan, Richard Baxter, and John Owen gave contour to his theological convictions.

One of evangelical Christianity’s immortals. -Carl F. H. Henry

Spurgeon’s church baptized almost 15,000 members, maintained a weekly attendance of 6,000 people, and spawned 66 parachurch ministries, including two orphanages and a theological college. By 1892, Spurgeon had published more words in the English language than any other Christian in history. Without the aid of television, radio, or the Internet, Spurgeon proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ to an estimated 10 million people in his lifetime.

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You can help fulfill Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s vision of advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ through the preservation and growth of the Spurgeon Library. Our donors’ generosity enables the Spurgeon Library to use the resources, thoughts, and practices of C.H. Spurgeon to encourage and edify the local church.

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