How to fill the Church? (C.H. Spurgeon Quote)
I think Spurgeon is correct in the following selection from his writings. How do we fill the Church? His simple answer, Preach the Gospel. Here is what Spurgeon says. And let’s be honest, he just says it better than anyone else can!!!!!
“I believe that the best, surest, and most permanent way to fill a place of worship is to preach the gospel, and to preach it in a natural, simple, interesting, earnest way. The gospel itself has a singularly fascinating power about it, and unless impeded by an unworthy delivery, or by some other great evil, it will win its own way. It certainly did so at the first, and what is to hinder it now? Like the angels, it flew upon its own wings; like the dew, it tarried not for man, neither waited for the sons of men.
The gospel has a secret charm about it which secures a hearing: it casts its good spell over human ears, and they must hearken. It is God's own word to men; it is precisely what human necessities require; it commends itself to man's conscience, and, sent home by the Holy Spirit, it wakes an echo in every heart.
In every age, the faithful preaching of the good news has brought forth hosts of men to hear it, made willing in the day of God's power. Decked in the glories of free and sovereign grace, wearing the
crown-royal of the covenant, and the purple of atonement-the gospel, like a queen, is still glorious for beauty, and supreme over hearts and minds.
Published in all its fullness, with a clear statement of its efficacy and immutability, it is still the most acceptable news that ever reached the ears of mortals.”
Do you believe this? Do you believe that the Gospel (the good news that Christ died for our sin and rose for our justification; Romans 4:25) is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). If so, start praying that God will build his Church through the message we proclaim. Take time each day to pray that the gospel ‘will cast its good spell over humans ears… and commend itself to man’s conscience.’