Spurgeon on Missional Living

Stand in the stream and fish. Many preachers are utterly ignorant as to how the bulk of people are living; they are at home among books, but quite at sea among men, What would you think of a botanist who seldom saw real flowers, or an astronomer who never spent the night with the stars? Would they be worthy of the name of men of science? Neither can a minister of the gospel be anything but a mere empiric unless he mingles with men and studies character for himself. Read men as well as books, and love men rather than opinions, or you will be inanimate preachers.

– Charles Spurgeon in Lectures to My Students.

Posted on May 17, 2009, in Ministry, Quotes. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. wow! that’s awesome. it makes so much sense. why aren’t we inclined to do it then?

  2. Great question. It’s messy out there. It’s easier to study and talk about problems then it is to get our hands dirty trying to solve them.

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