Thinking Out Loud

March 9, 2020

Spurgeon on Coronavirus

Filed under: Christianity, current events — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 10:45 am

I had something scheduled to go this morning which I decided to hold back, and at just the right time, a friend sent a link to this article from The Spurgeon Center, Spurgeon and the Cholera Outbreak of 1854. It’s rather timely.

The Broad Street Cholera Outbreak of 1854 occurred in August and September of that year, and its effects would continue to be felt in the weeks and months following. The neighborhood where Spurgeon’s church met was not quarantined, so they were able to continue meeting throughout those months. Interestingly, no record of the sermons Spurgeon preached during those days remain. Perhaps the outbreak forced the congregation to adjust some of their previous practices, including the transcription of sermons. Additionally, Spurgeon was likely too busy in those days to edit sermons for publication.

However, we know that the congregation continued meeting during those days because the church’s minute books contain records of congregational meetings carried on throughout the fall of 1854. In those books, amid all the pastoral challenges of the outbreak, Spurgeon and his deacons continued to receive new members, pursue inactive members, observe the Lord’s Supper, and practice all the other normal activities of a church. Not only that, but in retrospect, it was particularly during this time, when news of death raged all around the city, that Spurgeon found Londoners most receptive to the gospel.

The article lists five things that were evident in Spurgeon’s ministry at this time. I encourage you to take 5 minutes to click the link above.

For those who want to expand on the history lesson, there are a number of videos on YouTube relating to the epidemic, including the animated lessons on Extra Credits.

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