B&H Academic launched the first of a 12-volume series of previously unpublished sermons by the great British preacher, Charles H. Spurgeon, during a luncheon held on Feb. 15 at Midwestern Seminary’s Kansas City campus. The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon series is being researched and edited by Christian T. George, who serves as assistant professor of Historical Theology and curator of Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Seminary.
Found within the first volume is a series introduction, an overview of Spurgeon’s life and times, 78 sermons he preached itinerantly and as pastor of Waterbeach Chapel, and George’s analysis of these sermons. Each volume within the compilation will include full-color facsimiles, transcriptions, contextual and biographical introductions, and editorial annotations of sermons from Spurgeon’s earliest years in the pulpit.
According to B&H Academic, the volumes are being written for scholars, pastors, and students alike. Additionally, The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon adds approximately 10% more material to Spurgeon’s complete body of literature.
“It is a tremendous occasion to partner with B&H Academic and mark the launching of this vital series—The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon, which documents Spurgeon’s earliest sermons—on the campus of Midwestern Seminary,” said President Jason Allen. “God has shown immeasurable favor upon our institution over the past five years, and one of the greatest blessings has been through sending Christian George to serve on our faculty and curate our Spurgeon Library.
“As one of the foremost Spurgeon scholars, Dr. George has worked tirelessly researching and writing this volume. By making these sermons available to pastors, ministry leaders and laypersons alike, I am certain that these efforts will pay enormous dividends in reaching the world for Christ.”
Jim Baird, who serves as vice president of B&H Academic, noted that the launching of the volume marks an excellent opportunity to further its strong relationship with Midwestern Seminary and to offer a practical resource that encourages Christian believers everywhere.
“Our team at B&H Academic was thrilled to be part of the luncheon hosted by MBTS to celebrate the release of The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon,” Baird said. “This project represents years of hard work by Dr. Christian George and the beginning of a fruitful partnership with The Spurgeon Center. This partnership should serve to encourage and bless numerous church leaders and introduce new people to the depth and breadth of Charles Spurgeon’s ministry.”
During the luncheon, George, in an interview with Allen, described the long, and at times frustrating, path that led to the day’s events. He noted how in 2011, while researching for his Doctor of Philosophy degree at Spurgeon’s College in London, he came across the original journals containing the sermons.
George soon realized that these were messages that Spurgeon had previously promised to have published for his readers. Unfortunately, the demands of ministry prevented him from fulfilling this promise. Thus, these sermons had been lost to history for some 160 years.
Upon realizing the value and scope of the documents, George came to an agreement with the college’s principal and began to search for a publishing company. In due course, he said, that led him to B&H Academic, and that the volumes are being published “for such a time as this.”
George said the definitive aim of the series is to bring its readers into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ – through the lens of Charles Spurgeon’s ministry and messages.
“Ultimately, the heartbeat of this project is that its readers will not look to Spurgeon, but through Spurgeon, to find a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ,” George said. “There is a danger that we might worship Spurgeon, and we certainly don’t want to do that. We want our sole focus of worship to be on Christ. However, we don’t want to forget Spurgeon, and his contributions to the Christian faith, either.”
Volumes 2 and 3 are in various stages of the editing process and, according to B&H, the full 12-volume set will be completed by 2023. To learn more about obtaining a copy of Volume 1, visit B&H Publishing.