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A Little Spurgeon for your Day

These were the first words C.H. Spurgeon preached at the newly-constructed Metropolitan Tabernacle on March 18, 1861:
I would propose that the subject of the ministry in this house, as long as this platform shall stand, and as long as this house shall be frequented by worshipers, shall be the person of Jesus Christ. I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist; I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist; but if I am asked what is my creed, I reply, "It is Jesus Christ." My venerated predecessor, Dr. Gill, has left a body of divinity, admirable and excellent in its way; but the body of divinity to which I would pin and bind myself for ever, God helping me, is not his system, or any other human treatise; but Christ Jesus, who is the sum and substace of the gospel, who is in himself all theology, the incarnation of every precious truth, the all-glorious person embodiment of the way, the truth, and the life.
When I, Lord willing, pastor a church some day, I might just steal these exact words to preach my first sermon. I just hope that I can take over from someone named Dr. Gill.

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I would imagine that you would want to take over the pulpit of Bethlehem Baptist. That is, if you could stop hyperventilating long enough to preach.

Yeah, that whole Dr. Gill thing could be kind of confusing. If you are ever the apprentice of an ailing senior pastor, you should really start affectionately calling him Dr. Gill, so that it's established and ready to go when he passes :)

You can avoid the plagiarism lawsuit by changing "Dr. Gill" to the real name of your predecessor. Cover your bases that way.

Oh wait, that wouldn't stop the plagiarism lawsuit. That kind of logic hasn't won any of those.

Yeah...the plagiarism stuff could be an issue, but I'm not too worried. First, I've heard that Mr. Spurgeon is a very friendly, personable person, so he probably wouldn't take too much offense if I "borrowed" his stuff. Second, I've also heard that Mr. Spurgeon is dead (for quite some time now), which means that he's in heaven, which means that he's in the presence of Joy itself, so I can't figure that he would take me to court for this, or, at least, not a civil court (1 Cor. 6:1-11). I'm willing to take my chances among a court of the saints. :)

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