C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership

C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership

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by Steve J. Miller
     
 

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C.H. Spurgeon's passion for raising up future spiritual leaders marked his ministry. Drawing on the strategies of this tremendous man of God, Steve Miller presents C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership for leaders interested in understanding the role of faith and conviction in forming a philosophy of spiritual leadership. Miller highlights the qualities

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C.H. Spurgeon's passion for raising up future spiritual leaders marked his ministry. Drawing on the strategies of this tremendous man of God, Steve Miller presents C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership for leaders interested in understanding the role of faith and conviction in forming a philosophy of spiritual leadership. Miller highlights the qualities Spurgeon viewed as indispensable to servant-hearted leadership. Here is a comprehensive guide for the church, providing help in developing leaders for today and tomorrow.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802410641
Publisher:
Moody Publishers
Publication date:
07/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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As a busy minister, Charles Haddon Spurgeon cherished the rare opportunities that allowed him time to visit with close friends. On one such occasion, when Dr. Theodore Cuyler of Brooklyn came to England, Spurgeon invited him for a walk through the woods-another pastime Spurgeon loved yet seldom had time for. During the walk, Spurgeon surprised his guest with a rather unexpected comment. Their conversation must have been lighthearted and even mirthful, for suddenly Spurgeon stopped and said, "Come, Theodore, let us thank God for laughter." Later, when Dr. Cuyler spoke of this particular visit, he said, "That was how he lived. From a jest to a prayer meant with him the breadth of a straw."

Meet the Author


STEVE MILLER, author of C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership, has worked in Christian publishing for 20 years as an editor and writer. He is co-author of several books including D. L. Moody on Spiritual Leadership, and has written five children¿s books with his wife, Becky. Steve has served as a Bible teacher and in various leadership positions since 1980, twelve years of which was spent leading the deaf ministry for John MacArthur¿s Grace Community Church. Steve and Becky reside in Oregon¿s Willamette Valley with their three sons.

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C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Adam4 More than 1 year ago
Book Overview Steve Miller has written a concise book highlighting the spiritual leadership qualities exemplified in C.H. Spurgeon. From the stories and historical accounts he presents, Miller paints a realistic picture of a church leader whose influence is still felt today. Spurgeon produced not just sermons, but he also wrote many volumes, shepherded his church skillfully, counseled and prayed with those in need, and directed ministries to those in need such as orphanages. Spurgeon ought to be emulated not only for his love for the Bible, but also for his love for his fellow man. Miller uses his chapters to highlight different aspects of Spurgeon's life and ministry. He covers the following aspects of Spurgeon's life: Prayer Faith Holiness Service His love of the Lord and the Bible Suffering affliction (within and without) Preaching Evangelism Focus Here are a few quotes I thought were significant. They represent Miller's style well: ¿ Spurgeon himself once told a friend, "I always feel it well just to put a few words of prayer  between everything I do." He lived out the biblical admonishment to pray unceasingly, which  had a profound impact on his ministry.(Chapter 1) ¿ Spurgeon's childlike credulity and spiritual expectancy had their origin in the same trait: his  steadfast faith in God. In every area of his ministry, Spurgeon exhibited an extraordinary confidence that God would equip, enable, and provide. And he believed this confidence could be applied to every matter in a Christian's life - not just those issues related to the spiritual realm. He taught that we ought to have a complete trust in God for all things, and that we ought  to entrust all things to God. (Chapter 2) ¿ Spurgeon's exhortations for Christians to live holy lives were not mere lip service. Rather, they emanated from a deeply heartfelt conviction of the absolute necessity for holiness in his own life as a messenger of no less than God Himself. So passionately did he feel about this that he said, "Every saint must be holy, but he should be holiest of all who ministers before the Lord." He recognized that the works of a holy God are  impaired when transmitted through an unholy vessel... (Chapter 3) ¿ Numerous biographies about Spurgeon were written in the months after his death, and one characteristic many of them share is an abundance of stories that reveal his big heart for people. While the stories reveal multiple facets of Spurgeon's servant-heartedness,  there are certain traits that emerge again and again: selflessness, kindness, humility, helpfulness, and generosity. (Chapter 4) ¿ It's this kind of all-encompassing love for God that propelled Spurgeon to great lengths  in his ministry service, and this same kind of love can do the same for us as well. ... A natural extension of Spurgeon's love for the Lord was his love for God's Word. Spurgeon possessed a  contagious enthusiasm for Scripture that overflowed into his messages, letters, and books. (Chapter 5) ¿ The twins Persecution and Affliction were lifelong occupants on the doorstep of his  life, and their perpetual presence drove Spurgeon to recognize that the only solution was an utterly simple and complete dependence upon God alone. (Chapter 6) ¿ From the beginning of his ministry to the end, Spurgeon never wavered from his commitment to preach Christ and Him crucified and raised from the dead - he never failed to proclaim the  fullness of the gospel message and the Word of God. (Chapter 7) ¿ After all, Christ's own plea was for sinners to repent, and His purpose for coming to earth was to save the lost, so for Spurgeon to make evangelistic pleas to his listeners was merely to follow in the footsteps of the Master he loved so dearly. (Chapter 8) ¿ Yet Spurgeon also knew that the more he concentrated his energies toward a single goal - that of pleasing and glorifying God - the more God could do through him. When we scatter our energies and attention in several different directions, it's difficult for us to have a very significant impact on any one area of our lives. It's only when we elect to do a few things well that we are able to do each of those things better. Can you imagine, then, the effect we  would have if all our energies were poured into just one goal? (Conclusion) Book Recommendation I enjoyed reading this book. I found it to be challenging and encouraging. It was challenging in that Spurgeon exemplified a life of faithfulness to God and to serving God and his neighbor. He labored in his calling, knowing it was the Lord who had called him. If Spurgeon was a man  who suffered sickness, and affliction and yet was faithful, how can I do any less? Spurgeon exemplified a godly life. The book was also encouraging. Spurgeon relied on the grace of God  in everything he did. That grace is available for each of us. We can rise to any challenge, because  that same grace is able to sustain and lead us to accomplish what God calls us to do. I would recommend this book to every Christian.