Geoffrey Chang serves as assistant professor of Church History and Historical Theology and the curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to this, he served on the ministry staff at Houston Chinese Church (Houston, Texas) and Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC), and most recently as associate pastor at Hinson Baptist Church (Portland, Oregon). He is married to Stephanie, and they have three children.
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Quotes from Spurgeon The Pastor
1. If we are to understand Spurgeon’s view of pastoral ministry, we must begin with the pulpit. (Pg. 12)
2. The call of the pastor-theologian, then, is to explore the depths of the gospel and to bring the deep things of God for the joy of his people. (Pg. 31)
3. The gathering of the church is the closest the Christian gets to heaven on this side of eternity. (Pg. 47)
4. The church was not ashamed to avow their belief in believer’s baptism and the baptistry stood as a symbol of their convictions and a call for sinners to follow Christ. (Pg. 81)
5. Spurgeon believed making the church more like the world would result, not in the world coming over to the church, but the church going over to the world. (Pg. 103)
6. Church discipline exposes sin and protects church members from it. (Pg. 137)
7. The health and growth of the church during Spurgeon’s absence was evidence that the ministry of the church was not built on his popularity but on the faithful ministry of the Word. (Pg. 165)
8. For most of his ministry, Spurgeon was simply called “Pastor” or “Mr. Spurgeon.” To him, his labors were no different than the labors of all faithful Christians, and he wanted his people to know that. (Pg. 200)
9. Between 1856 and 1861, Spurgeon covered all the expenses for the Pastors’ College (tuition, books, living expenses) entirely by himself through the proceeds of the sale of his sermons and books in America. (Pg. 229)
10. A living church is the best defense for the truth of the gospel. (Pg. 251)