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This second part of the lecture by Mr. Spurgeon, on The Call to the Ministry, again continues to illustrate those gifts and qualities necessary in a pastor. He also spends some time in giving his hearers examples of those who felt 'called' to preach, but who, for reasons which he explains, were declined.
He concludes by charging all who are truly called to be be ministers to "prove your own selves, and may the Lord prepare to for the crucible and furnace which awaits you", before finally drawing the attention of his hearers to the words of Scripture itself - "Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed ...... but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God ......as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1854, just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 20, became pastor of London's famed New Park Street Church (formerly pastored by the famous Baptist...