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Let Us Preach Christ!
(By Charles Spurgeon)

Today's post comes from an 1884 sermon by Spurgeon. Though over a century old, its point is as relevant today as when it was first preached.

You [as preachers] have nothing else to employ as the means of good, except the salvation of Jesus, and there is nothing else worth telling.

I heard of a congregation the other day that was so very small that hardly any one came to listen to the preacher. Instead of blaming himself, and preaching better, the minister said he thought he was not doing much good by sermons and prayer-meetings, and therefore he would found a club, and if the fellows came in, and played draughts, that might do them good. What a lot of that sort of thing is now being tried! We are going to convert souls on a new system,?are we? Are we also to have a substitute for bread??and healthier drink than pure water?
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[T]o hope ever to bring sinners to holiness and heaven by any teaching but that which begins and ends in Jesus Christ is a sheer delusion. None other name is given among men whereby they can be saved. If you have to deal with highly learned and educated people, nothing is so good for them as preaching Jesus Christ; and if the people be ignorant and degraded, nothing is better for them than the preaching of Jesus.

A young man said to another the other day, "I am going down to preach at So-and-so, what sort of people are they there? What kind of doctrine will suit them?" Having heard of the question, I gave this advice,?"You preach Jesus Christ, and that will suit them, I am sure, if they are learned people it will suit them; if they are ignorant it will suit them?God blessing it."

When the great Biblical critic, Bengel, was dying, he sent for a young theological student, to whom he said, "I am low in spirit; say something good to cheer me." "My dear Sir," said the student, "I am so insignificant a person, what can I say to a great man like yourself?" "But if you are a student of theology," said Bengel, "you ought to have a good word to say to a dying man; pray say it without fear." "Well, Sir," said he, "What can I say to you, but that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin?" Bengel said, "Give me your hand, young man; that is the very word I wanted."

A simple gospel text is the word which every man needs who is in fear of divine wrath, and he may be sitting next to you at this moment, or he is in the same house of business with you, and needs that you should tell him about Christ. Do that, and bless his soul. May you all understand the Scriptures in this way, and may God make you a great blessing to those around you.

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    When A Loved One or Stranger is Suffering   9/30/2010 - 1:37 PM
    Today's bible study with my children was in Luke 10 regarding the parable of "The Good Samaritan". And, it got me thinking about what God's word says about serving others... especially when they are in great need like the man who was attacked by robb... (login or sign up to read more)
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    Unless One Changes and Becomes Like a Child   9/14/2010 - 9:52 PM
    At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will n... (login or sign up to read more)
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    Praying for Saul: Lover of Hate   9/14/2010 - 9:49 PM
    Theology seems to be a great debate. God gave us His word to live by and individuals want to argue over it...which, by the way, doesn't that go against what God says? (I.e. keep the not stir up strife and God is love not hate): If a... (login or sign up to read more)
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    It's Not What is Said, It's How It Affects Others   9/13/2010 - 7:56 AM
    I love how God uses all things as His servants (Psalm 119:91), even me. How a remark in passing will mean little to me, or even nothing to many others in ear shot, but will hit God's chosen recipient(s) like a ton of bricks...exactly what they needed... (login or sign up to read more)
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    Set a King Over Us   9/13/2010 - 7:54 AM
    Now Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah. 18 And he said to the people of Israel, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of al... (login or sign up to read more)
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