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What advice would the Prince Of Preachers give to pastors just prior to departing into glory? The Greatest Fight in the World by C.H. Spurgeon is his bold and final answer to that question. Every word in this book has the marks of a pastor who preached the gospel for forty years, printed at least 2,200 of those sermons and wrote numerous other books which have been used to build up the Church since the middle of the 19th century.
In The Greatest Fight in the World, Spurgeon pulls no punches. He is adamant that pastors need to remember their armoury, army, and strength. Our armoury is the Word of God, which is the sword of the Spirit. Spurgeon reminds that “if we want weapons we must come here for them, and here only” (p. 7). Our army, which is the Church, provides us with comrades to fight the good fight alongside us. Lastly, our strength comes from the Holy Spirit, in whom we all must depend to have any semblance of power and success in true gospel ministry.
Here are some quotes to whet your appetite to read this stirring gem of a book:
“A passage of Scripture laid home to the heart speedily quickens the feeble heart into mighty action.” (p. 18)
“Our own words are mere paper pellets compared with the rifle shot of the word.” (p. 25)
“Be bold enough to preach unpalatable and unpopular truth.” (p. 38)
“Old-fashioned believers could give you chapter and verse for what they believed; but how few of such remain!” (p. 52)
“We know nothing till we are taught of the Holy Ghost, who speaks to the heart rather than to the ear.” (p. 60)
I encourage you, whether you’re a pastor or not, to read this book and glean from 40+ years of Spurgeon’s prolific and fruitful ministry. C.H. Spurgeon is known as “England’s greatest contribution to the spread of the gospel in the 19th century”, and at the heart of his powerful preaching and writing were a trust for the Word, a love for the Church, and dependence on the Holy Spirit. This is why The Greatest Fight in the World is so vital over 100 years after the original publishing.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review.
Chrys Jones is a Christian, husband, father of three, pastor, and teacher. He is also a recording artist and producer for Christcentric Records and a book briefer for Accelerate Books. In his free time, Chrys loves to spend time with his family, roast coffee, read good books, and listen to beat tapes and jazz.