The figures associated with Charles Haddon Spurgeon's ministry are staggering. Between his preaching and the printings of his sermons, he reached hundreds of thousands of people, in his lifetime and in the years since. But he was not an itinerant preacher or writer or philanthropist. He faithfully served the Metropolitan Tabernacle from his arrival in 1854 to his death in 1892. Undergirding everything else was this central responsibility: Spurgeon was the pastor of a church.
What was Spurgeon's ecclesiology and how did it affect how he ordered and led his local church? Chang examines Spurgeon's Reformed ecclesiology and Baptist polity and looks at how they were shaped by his militant church outlook.