Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 82
TO MR. JAMES LOW
To the Baptist Church of Christ worshipping in New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.
75, DOVER ROAD, BOROUGH, April 28, 1854.
DEARLY BELOVED IN CHRIST JESUS, —
I have received your unanimous invitation, as con-rained in a resolution passed by you on the 19th instant, desiring me to accept the pastorate among you. No lengthened reply is required; there is but one answer to so loving and cordial an invitation. I ACCEPT IT.
I have not been perplexed as to what my reply should be, for many things constrain me thus to answer.
I sought not to come to you, for I was the minister of an obscure but affectionate people; I never solicited advancement. The first note of invitation from your deacons came quite unlooked-for, and I trembled at the idea of preaching in London. I could not understand how it had come about, and even now I am in the hands of our covenant God, whose wisdom directs all things. He shall choose for me; and so far as I can judge, this is His choice.
I feel it to be a high honor to be the Pastor of a people who can mention glorious names as my predecessors, and I entreat of you to remember me in prayer, that I may realize the solemn responsibility of my trust. Remember my youth and inexperience, and pray that these may not hinder my usefulness. I trust also that the remembrance of these will lead you to forgive mistakes I may make, or unguarded words I may utter.
Blessed be the name of the Most High, if He has called me to this office, He will support me in it — other-wise, how should a child, a youth, have the presumption thus to attempt the work which filled the heart and hands of Jesus?
Your kindness to me has been very great, and my heart is knit unto you. I fear not your steadfastness, I fear my own. The gospel, I believe, enables me to venture great things, and by faith I venture this. I ask your co-operation in every good work; in visiting the sick, in bringing in enquirers, and in mutual edification.
Oh, that I may be no injury to you, but a lasting benefit! I have no more to say, saving this, that if I have expressed myself in these few words in a manner unbecoming my youth and inexperience, you will not impute it to arrogance, but forgive my mistake.
And now, commending you to our covenant God, the Triune Jehovah, I am,
Yours to serve in the gospel,
C. H. SPURGEON.