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How The Doctrines of Grace Stoke Evangelistic Fire: A Case Study in Charles Spurgeon (rebroadcast from May 18, 2012)

Posted by | Saturday, August 11, 2012 | 6:00 am CT

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Guest: Pastor Steven Lawson, author, The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).

No doubt you have heard of the following two groups of Christians:

On one side are the zealous evangelists who think that those who believe God is completely sovereign in salvation (“those Calvinists”), aren’t doing enough to get people saved.

On the other side are the “predestination” and “election” folks who think the evangelists are using too much human energy and schemes to do what God will do on His own.

And then there was Charles Spurgeon.  In his new book, The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, author and pastor Steven Lawson writes that Spurgeon was an ardent “Calvinist” (i.e. God is sovereign in salvation) AND that Spurgeon was a tireless evangelist.  In other words, Spurgeon was both … following the example of the apostle Paul.

So can a Christian really believe in the “doctrines of grace” and also be on fire to share the faith?  Pastor Lawson will be our guest on The Christian Worldview this Saturday to answer that question.  You will come away with a higher view of God and a greater desire to share your faith!

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