Episode 219

Imprisoned Christians & Spurgeon the Pastor

Nov 4, 2022

Most persecuted believers who were imprisoned in the first century depended upon their friends and family members for sustenance while in prison. Without such care, the prospect of making it out of prison alive was grim. And, famously known as the “Prince of Preachers,” legendary Baptist pastor Charles Spurgeon is most notable for his sermons which have been endlessly quoted by evangelical Christians for years.

Transcript

Most persecuted believers who were imprisoned in the first century depended upon their friends and family members for sustenance while in prison. Without such care, the prospect of making it out of prison alive was grim.

While political structures are a bit different today, there are still ways believers can encourage those who are in persecution.

In a First-Person piece from Casey Hough, he says Christians with the freedom to do so should…

* First, he encourages believers to prioritize the Kingdom of God. He says we should realize that we often have more in common with other believers who are living in another part of the world than we do with non-believers who live nearby.

* He also calls Christians to pray for believers living in persecution. Resources from the International Mission Board, Voice of the Martyrs or the Joshua Project will help you know where and who to pray for.

* Finally, he challenges believers to consider writing to those who are imprisoned for their faith. An organization like Voice of the Martys will be able to help you get connected with those living in persecution so that you can encourage them.
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Famously known as the “Prince of Preachers,” legendary Baptist pastor Charles Spurgeon is most notable for his sermons which have been endlessly quoted by evangelical Christians for years.

Yet, according to Geoff Chang, assistant professor of historical theology and curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, an overlooked aspect of Spurgeon’s ministry is actually his work as a local church pastor and his Baptistic ecclesiology.

Spurgeon was the pastor of New Park Street Chapel (now the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London from the early 1850s until 1891, shortly before his death.

During his tenure, the congregation grew from a few dozen upon his arrival to the largest evangelical church of the 19th century with more than 5,000 people, long before the modern concept of the “megachurch.”

Chang began exploring the topic of Spurgeon’s pastoral ministry during his doctoral studies at MBTS and while serving as an associate pastor in Portland, Ore.

Some of the ecclesiological commitments Spurgeon practiced, which Chang explores in the book, include being involved in membership interviews, desiring elders and deacons who would give pastoral care to the church and having a system to follow up with members who were not attending.

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