In Come Ye Children, C.H. Spurgeon offers his advice on sharing the gospel with children and training them early in the things of God. It is filled with scriptural examples that demonstrate the importance of caring for those who are young in faith, and helping them develop their understanding of the gospel. As Spurgeon explains:
"To us all this message comes: "Feed My lambs." To the minister, and to all who have any knowledge of the things of God, the commission is given . . . The lambs are the young of the flock. So, then, we ought to look specially and carefully after those who are young in grace. They may be old in years, and yet they may be mere babes in grace as to the length of their spiritual life, and therefore they need to be under a good shepherd."
Spurgeon reminds us of the importance of respecting children when we teach them, as well as highlighting the special opportunity and the special responsibility that comes with teaching a child:
"But when you teach in Sabbath-schools, you are, if it be possible, in a more responsible situation even than a minister occupies. He preaches to grown-up people, to men of judgment, who, if they do not like what he preaches, can go somewhere else; but you teach children who have no option of going elsewhere. If you teach the child wrongly, he believes you; if you teach him heresies, he will receive them; what you teach him now, he will never forget . . . you are sowing on a soil more fertile now than it ever will be again—soil that will produce fruit now, far better than it will do in after days; you are sowing on a young heart, and what you sow will be pretty sure to abide there, especially if you teach evil, for that will never be forgotten."
Parents and teachers of those who are young in faith will find advice and encouragement in this book.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) converted to Christianity at the age of fifteen. By the age of twenty-two, he was the most popular preacher in England and remained so for the latter half of the 1800s. He frequently spoke to crowds over 10,000 in the days before electronic amplification. Known as the "Prince of Preachers," he delivered nearly thirty-six hundred sermons throughout his life. A prolific writer as well, many of Spurgeon's works remain in print to this day.