Part of what gained Charles Spurgeon his reputation as the “Prince of Preachers” was his skill as a master illustrator. While he preached all his sermons over 100 years ago, many of his similes and stories are as fresh today as when he told them. Who can forget, for example, his comparison of the gospel to a lion in a cage, ready to conquer once it is let out?
In this book you’ll find 300 of the best illustrations Spurgeon used in his sermons. These have not previously appeared in the other Spurgeon illustration collections Feathers for Arrows, Barbed Arrows from the Quiver of C. H. Spurgeon, or Flashes of Thought. Instead, they have been carefully selected from his volumes of sermons.
These illustrations are also labeled with preaching themes and Scripture references, making them easy to find in Logos Bible Software. With 300 Sermon Illustrations from Charles Spurgeon, you’ll be inspired in your preaching by a master at driving the truths of Scripture into the hearts of his hearers
“So is man’s mind constituted, that we can always see a thing better through a picture than anyhow else. If you tell a man a simple truth, he does not see it nearly so well as if you told it to him in an illustration.” (source)
“In like manner, the moment a man is regenerated, there is every faculty in his new creation that there shall be, even when he gets to heaven. It only needs to be developed and brought out. He will not have a new power; he will not have a new grace. He will have those that he had before, developed and brought out.” (source)
“ The quieting of an awakened conscience can only be rightly done by getting rid of sin.” (source)
“The dove bears the letter to her own dovecote. She will go nowhere else with it, and man does not know how to make the dove fly in any other direction than toward its own home. The dove is thrown up into the air; she mounts aloft, whirls round and round and round, looking with eager eyes, and at last she sees the place where she has been accustomed to rest, and where her little ones have been reared, and she darts straight to the spot.” (source)
“John, if you go out for a day’s fishing another time, kindly leave me the key.’ He had had a happy day of prayer and study all by himself.” (source)
Charles Haddon Spurgeon was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England on June 19, 1834. He converted to Christianity in 1850 at a small Methodist chapel, to which he detoured during a snowstorm. While there, he heard a sermon on Isaiah 45:22 and was saved—“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else.” He began his own ministry of preaching and teaching immediately, and preached more than 500 sermons by the age of 20.
In 1854, at 19 years of age, Spurgeon began preaching at the New Park Street Chapel in London. He was appointed to a six-month trial position, which he requested be cut to three months should the congregation dislike his preaching. He gained instant fame, however, and the church grew from 232 members to more than 5,000 by the end of his pastorate. Throughout his ministry, Spurgeon estimated that he preached to more than 10,000,000 people. Dwight L. Moody was deeply influenced by Spurgeon’s preaching, and founded the Moody Bible Institute after seeing Spurgeon’s work at the Pastor’s College in London.
Spurgeon read six books per week during his adult life, and read Pilgrim’s Progress more than 100 times. In addition to his studying and preaching, Spurgeon also founded the Pastor’s College (now Spurgeon’s College), various orphanages and schools, mission chapels, and numerous other social institutions. Charles Spurgeon suffered from poor health throughout his life. He died on January 31, 1892, and was buried in London.
Elliot Ritzema is the editor of 1,500 Quotations for Preachers, 300 Quotations for Preachers, 400 Prayers for Preachers, and the Study, Apply, Share series. He is also a Lexham English Bible editor, a contributor to the Faithlife Study Bible, and a regular contributor to Bible Study Magazine. He holds an MDiv from Regent College.