The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Travailing for souls

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If any minister can be satisfied without conversions, he shall have no conversions. God will not force usefulness on any man. It is only when our heart breaks to see men saved, that we shall be likely to see sinners’ hearts broken. The secret of success lies in all-consuming zeal, all-subduing travail for souls. Read the sermons of Wesley and of Whitfield, and what is there in them? It is no severe criticism to say that they are scarcely worthy to have survived. And yet those sermons wrought marvels. . . .

In order to understand such preaching, you need to see and hear the man, you want his tearful eye, his glowing countenance, his pleading tone, his bursting heart. I have heard of a great preacher who objected to having his sermons printed, ‘Because,’ said he, ‘you cannot print me.’ That observation is very much to the point. A soul-winner throws himself into what he says. As I have sometimes said, we must ram ourselves into our cannons, we must fire ourselves at our hearers, and when we do this, then, by God’s grace, their hearts are often carried by storm.

C. H. Spurgeon, “Travailing for Souls,” 3 September 1871.

via Travailing for souls – Ray Ortlund.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 13 January 2012 at 22:35

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  1. […] The Wanderer quotes Spurgeon on Travailing for Souls which includes, “we must ram ourselves into our cannons, we must fire ourselves at our hearers, and when we do this, then, by God’s grace, their hearts are often carried by storm.” […]

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    Sunday 22 January 2012 at 07:51

  2. I love Spurgeon’s sermons. I love how very real he was. He never played games, rather he was blunt and to the point. I love his quote: “God will not force uselessness on any man”.

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    Monday 27 February 2012 at 18:39


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