This reading plan is a great resource. I have read it once and it was so powerful that I wanted to read it again and this time, read it with my friends so we could share our thoughts as we read it.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”. Matthew 18:20 (NIV)
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Here is a Devotional Spurgeon shared on one of the days:
Sanctification Comes by the Spirit, Not Self-Reliance
Spurgeon’s note on Galatians 3:2
We have received the Holy Spirit to help us in our sanctification, but we have obtained no sanctification apart from believing. If we have reached after sanctification by our own efforts, made in unbelief, we have never succeeded. Unbelief works toward sin and never toward sanctification. Our good works are fruits of sanctification, not causes of it; and if we put the fruit where the root should be, we greatly err. If we have gone out to fight against a temptation in our own strength, have we ever returned a conqueror? It has been written of all other believers, “They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:11). And this is true of us also. Sanctification does not come to us from self-reliance but as a work of the Spirit received by faith in Christ. Believing in him, he is “wisdom from God for us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).
Who is Charles Spurgeon?
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Portrait of Spurgeon by Alexander Melville (1885)
|Born||19 June 1834
Kelvedon, Essex, England
|Died||31 January 1892 (aged 57)
Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, France
|Spouse(s)||Susannah Spurgeon (born Thompson)
(22 October 1903)
|Children||Charles and Thomas Spurgeon(twins) (1856)|
|Parent(s)||John and Eliza Spurgeon|
Spurgeon was the pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London for 38 years. He was part of several controversies with the Baptist Union of Great Britain and later he left the denomination over doctrinal convictions. In 1867, he started a charity organization which is now called Spurgeon’sand works globally. He also founded Spurgeon’s College, which was named after him posthumously.
Spurgeon was a great author of many types of works including sermons, one autobiography, commentaries, books on prayer, devotionals, magazines, poetry, hymns, and more. Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime. Spurgeon produced powerful sermons of penetrating thought and precise exposition. His oratory skills held his listeners spellbound in the Metropolitan Tabernacle and many Christians hold his writings in exceptionally high regard among devotional literature.