12 November, 2005

Save Your Question For the Old Oak Tree



Charles Haddon Spurgeon has been called the "prince of preachers". His sermons are excellent, three dimensional, and full of life. Spurgeon, as a Minister of the Gospel and a teacher at a Pastor's College, was also a mentor to many men who were pursuing a greater understanding of their relationship with Jesus Christ as they pursued the ministry.

His students would gather under a giant old oak tree for theological questions, to challenge one another, and to edify one another. The great tree became known to Spurgeon's students as "The Question Oak". This is where they would bring theological questions to their teacher. The Question Oak is the location where this event took place:

It has been said that every Friday afternoon, his students were usually asked to exhibit there own ability as preachers and that without prior knowledge of the subject matter. Spurgeon called upon a student to give a message on Zaccheus. The student arose and said:

"Zaccheus was little of stature, so am I. Zaccheus was up a tree, so am I. Zaccheus came down, so will I." The students, as well as Pastor Spurgeon, applauded the "ingenious" performance.

Discussion Points:

-What place has been important for you for theological discussion in your Christian walk?

-Often the people of God will come into great comfort by meeting up with another Christian in an obscure/unusual place. Have you had this edifying experience?

-What could we do, as Christians, to encourage more theological discussion in "open air areas"?

4 comments:

Lyd said...

Spurgeon is one of my favorites to read, as is Ryle. So very practical. Hmmmm, your wife likes a Baptist and an Anglican!! Don't tell anyone....

Love you

Droll Flood said...

"Zaccheus was little of stature, so am I. Zaccheus was up a tree, so am I. Zaccheus came down, so will I." The students, as well as Pastor Spurgeon, applauded the "ingenious" performance."
-Surely exposing myself here,at what is this 'ingenious' performer driving? What would the demands that Spurgeon placed on his students/disciples accent here? It seems to me to accenting oratory (not exclusively)

-"What place has been important for you for theological discussion in your Christian walk?"
-Anywhere I am around my friends?

"-Often the people of God will come into great comfort by meeting up with another Christian in an obscure/unusual place. Have you had this edifying experience?"
-Does this blog qualify as unusual or obscure? Do we confess the circle of people here tends to be quite select or...?

"-What could we do, as Christians, to encourage more theological discussion in "open air areas"?"
-What was the storyline? What again was the background of these people with whom Spurgeon was meeting? Is all theological matter fair game in all situations? Does "unto edification" demand circumspect conversation?

"So very practical."
-Again exposing myself here: What is meant by 'practical' here?
-"yeqzpo" to you all from the word verification

Joe Schelling said...

As far a places to meet and talk with people, any good coffee shop or Denny's. Nothing beats coffee, a smoke and good conversation.

Ellie said...

I was waiting for a flu shot and the lady next to me and myself began talking....It turn out we both believe,receive,and are on out way to heaven.We used the hour wait to share Gods Grace and Love in our lives. It became an act of worship and as I left I felt filled with His Spirit.The flu shot was painless and I had none of the usual discomfort.