Advice for Seekers by SpurgeonWithin religious contexts the idea of a “seeker” and a “seeker friendly” church can conjure up mixed responses. The whole seeker friendly church movement brought a new meaning to the idea of a religious seeker – for good and for ill. There are many who will argue that the gospel of the seeker friendly church movement was watered down in a effort to make the gospel more desirable to the seeker. But this has not always been the case.

In 1896 Charles Spurgeon wrote a book titled Words of Advice for Seekers. It was written to address the many stumbling blocks religious seekers had concerning Christ and the Bible. This year Attic Books has produced this original book under the title Advice for Seekers. It contains the exact contents of the original word for word and even has the outer edge of the pages worn to look like it was the original copy.

Advice for Seekers contains fourteen chapters which address a number of issues seekers have when considering the claims of the gospel. Far from a work of watering down the gospel, Spurgeon hits seekers head on with the saving truth of the gospel message. I wonder how many mega churches today would invite Spurgeon to address their congregation by reading one of his chapters?

What is wonderful about this book is that it is a challenge for both seekers and followers of Christ. It is an easy read and I recommend it for anyone. Here are some excerpts from the book to give you an idea for its content:

The self-righteous man knows that what he is doing cannot satisfy God, for it cannot satisfy himself; and though he may perhaps drug his conscience, there is generally enough left of the divine element within the man to make him feel and know that it is not satisfactory. (p. 10)

Jesus can heal you of your pride; he can deliver you from anger; he can cure you of sluggishness, he can purge you from envy, from lasciviousness, from malice, from gluttony, from every form of spiritual malady. And this he can do, not by the torturing process of penance, or the exhausting labors of superstitious performance, or the fiery ordeals of suffering; but the method is simply a word from him, and a look from you, and all is done. You have but to trust Jesus and you are saved. (p. 19-20)

But men will not look to the cross. No, they conspire to raise another cross; or they aspire to adorn that cross with jewels, or they labor to wreathe it with sweet flowers; but they will not give a simple look to the Saviour, and rely on him alone. Yet peace with God no soul can obtain by any other means; while this means is so effectual that it never did fail, and never shall. (p. 34)

There is nothing that thou canst need between her and heaven but what is provided in Jesus Christ, in his person and his work. All things are ready, life for thy death, forgiveness for thy sins, cleansing for thy filth, clothing for thy nakedness, joy for thy sorrow, strength for thy weakness, yea, more than all that ever thou canst want is stored up in the boundless nature and work of Christ. (p. 44)

The will to believe in Christ is as much as a work of grace as faith itself, and where the will is given and a strong desire, a measure of grace is already received, and with it the power to believe. (p. 128)

Many thanks to Attic books for reproducing this classic work of Spurgeon’s.

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