Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Soul Winner by Charles H. Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was born June 19, 1834 in England and was considered to be the "Prince of Preachers" although he had no formal theological training. He was a dedicated servant of God and preached until he died at the age of 57. His preaching style has inspired many pastors all over the world. He remains a respected and influential source of inspiration and study among today's pastors.

Contained in this updated version of Spurgeon's original book, The Soul Winner, are compilations of college lectures and church sermons. The tasks of winning souls was extremely important to Charles Spurgeon and he says, "Soul winning is the most important concern of the Christian minister. In fact, it should be the main pursuit of every true believer." His book is not only a practical handbook for ministers giving specific instructions on the process of winning souls, but it is also a step by step guide for believers to lead others to Christ.

I was impressed, as I read the book, by Spurgeon's heart for the lost. It was important for Spurgeon to not only make converts for the church, but to make sure those he ministered to completely understood and grasped the concept of what it meant to be saved. He stressed the importance of making sure the convert not only had a head knowledge of Christ, but a heart knowledge. One of the most important aspects Spurgeon stressed was the fact that the Holy Spirit is the one who does the work. Believers can present the truth but the Holy Spirit is the one who does the wooing and drawing of the lost soul.

The Soul Winner is designed to help the minister or lay person understand the foundational truths to soul winning. There are chapters on sin, holiness of character, how to encourage people to win souls, and the cost of being a soul winner among others. I was impressed with Spurgeon's ability to clearly and concisely present step by step instructions on understanding every aspect of soul winning. As I read the book, I not only gained a better understanding of how to reach others for Christ, I also gained a better understanding of my own salvation experience. 

I especially appreciated the chapter entitled Obstacles in Our path as We Seek to Win Souls for Christ. It was helpful to understand some of the deterrents facing believers as they pursue the lost. Some of the obstacles mentioned by Spurgeon include unbelief, delay, carnal security, despair, love of sin, self righteousness and worldliness. Spurgeon explains each of these in detail and presents methods to overcome each obstacle. 

The responsibility and desire to win souls should be on the heart of every believer. The Soul Winner presents clear evidence of this fact. I felt inspired after reading the book and made a commitment to focus more on leading others to Christ in the future. 

The Soul Winner is a small but very powerful book. I think it should be included in every Christian pastor's library and used often as a vital resource for soul winning. The information contained in this book is valuable and filled with truth. 

I would like to thank Aneko Press for affording me the opportunity to review this book. The knowledge I gleaned from it was very worthwhile.

If you'd like to purchase a copy of The Soul Winner, you may do so here.

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