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Spurgeon, Charles - Student Lectures Vol 3

Spurgeon, Charles - Student Lectures Vol 3

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THIRD SERIES
OF
LECTURES TO MY STUDENTS
BEING
ADDRESSES DELIVERED TO THE STUDENTS
OF
METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE.
BY C. H. SPURGEON,
PRESIDENT.
3
CONTENTS.
LECTURE 1.
The Holy Spirit in connection with our Ministry
LECTURE 2.
The necessity of Ministerial Progress
LECTURE 3.
The need of Decision for the Truth
LECTURE 4.
Open Air Preaching \u2014 a Sketch of its History
LECTURE 5.
Open Air Preaching \u2014 Remarks thereon
LECTURE 6.
Posture, Action, Gesture, etc.
LECTURE 7.
Posture, Action, Gesture, etc. (Second Lecture).
Illustrations of Action
LECTURE 8.
Earnestness: its Marring and Maintenance
LECTURE 9.
The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear
LECTURE 10.
On Conversion as our Aim
4
LECTURE 1.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN CONNECTION
WITH OUR MINISTRY

I have selected a topic upon which it would be difficult to say anything
which has not been often said before; but as the theme is of the highest
importance it is good to dwell upon it frequently, and even if we bring
forth only old things and nothing more, it may be wise to put you in
remembrance of them. Our subject is \u201cTHE HOLY SPIRIT IN CONNECTION

WITH OUR MINISTRY,\u201d or-the work of the Holy Ghost in relation to
ourselves as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

\u201cI believe in the Holy Ghost.\u201d Having pronounced that sentence as a
matter of creed, I hope we can also repeat it as a devout soliloquy forced
to our lips by personal experience. To us the presence and work of the
Holy Spirit are the ground of our confidence as to the wisdom and
hopefulness of our life work. If we had not believed in the Holy Ghost we
should have laid down our ministry long ere this, for\u201d who is sufficient for
these things?\u201d Our hope of success, and our strength for continuing the
service, lie in our belief that the Spirit of the Lord resteth upon us.

I will for the time being take it for granted that we are all of us conscious
of the existence of the Holy Spirit. We have said webelieve in him; but in
very deed we have advanced beyond faith in tiffs matter, and have come
into the region of consciousness. Time was when most of us believed in the
existence of our present friends, for we had heard of them by the heating of
the ear, but we have now seen each other, and returned the fraternal grip,
and felt the influence of happy companionship, and therefore we do not
now so much believe as know. Even so we havefelt the Spirit of God
operating upon our hearts, we have known and perceived the power which
he wields over human spirits, and we know him by frequent, conscious,
personal contact. By the sensitiveness of our spirit we are as much made
conscious of the presence of the Spirit of God as we are made cognizant of
the existence of the souls of our fellow-men by their action upon our souls,
or as we: are certified of the existence of matter by its action upon our

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