Convicting Thoughts on Mental Preparedness in Ministry

For my seminary class, I am writing a paper on the topic of how Calvinism impacted the evangelistic drive of Charles Spurgeon. While pouring through some of the works of Spurgeon tonight, I came across this convicting section. In chapter 15 of his Lectures to My Students, the “Prince of Preachers” has this to say under the heading of “we must go forward in our mental acquirements.”

“’Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart’ is, perhaps, more easy to comply with, than to love him with all our mind; yet we must give him our mind as well as our affections, and that mind should be well furnished, that we may not offer him an empty casket. Our ministry demands mind.”

He goes on to say…

“Dear brethren, we must cultivate ourselves to the highest possible point, and we should do this, first by gathering in knowledge that we may fill the barn, then by acquiring discrimination that we may winnow the heap, and lastly by a firm retentiveness of mind, by which we may lay up the winnowed grain in the storehouse. These three points may not be equally important, but they are all necessary to a complete man.”


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