(A Periodic List of My Favorite Phrases That "Sing")
"Even more Spurgeon quotations?" Yes! These comprise the eighth installment of ten delightful, insightful quotations that have captured my mind and heart. Each come from the pen of C. H. Spurgeon (who by age 20 had already preached 600 times!):
71. "By perseverance, the snail reached the ark."
72. "You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled."
73. "'Almost persuaded to be a Christian' is like the man who was almost pardoned, but he was hanged; like the man who was almost rescued, but he was burned in the house. A man that is almost saved is damned."
74. "The most useful members of a church are usually those who would be doing harm if they were not doing good."
75. "I hold very stern opinions with regard to Christian men who have fallen into gross sin; I rejoice that they may be truly converted, and may be with mingled hope and caution received into the church; but I question, gravely question whether a man who has grossly sinned should be very readily restored to the pulpit."
76. "The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion out of its cage, and the lion will defend itself. ... the answer to every objection against the Bible is the Bible" (loose quotation).
77. "The life of the preacher should be a magnet to draw men to Christ ... sanctity in ministers is a loud call to sinners to repent, and when allied with holy cheerfulness it becomes wondrously attractive."
78. "Be fit for your work, and you will never be out of it. Do not run about inviting yourselves to preach here and there; be more concerned about your ability than your opportunity, and more earnest about your walk with God than about either. The sheep will know the God-sent shepherd ... the flock will know your voice."
79. "(Bible) texts will often refuse to reveal their treasures till you open them with the key of prayer."
80. "If I had never joined a Church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all! And the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect Church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us."