In 1857, Charles Spurgeon—the most popular preacher in the Victorian world—promised his readers that he would publish his earliest sermons. However, the demands of ministry prevented him from fulfilling that promise. For almost 160 years, these sermons have been lost to history. His earliest sermons, meticulously handwritten in a series of notebooks, were stored away in Spurgeon’s College library for over a century.
Now author Christian George and publisher B&H Academic will release a 12-volume set that includes full-color facsimiles, transcriptions, contextual and biographical introductions, and editorial annotations. Written for scholars, pastors, and students alike, The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon adds approximately 10% more material to Spurgeon’s body of literature. Volume 1 (releasing February 2017) contains a 30-page introduction to Spurgeon’s life and times, 77 sermons he preached itinerantly and as a pastor of Waterbeach Chapel, and an analysis of these sermons by editor and Spurgeon scholar Christian George.
In the two-minute video below, Christian George explains who Spurgeon was and why he matters today.