Charles Simeon

Derek PrimeSKU: HTCS3133 ISBN: 9781846253133



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No one had greater influence for the good of evangelicalism in the nineteen century than Charles Simeon and amazingly his influence remains, not least in his endurance under opposition and his encouragement and training of young men to teach and preach. Many men like John Stott acknowledge their indebtedness to Simeon's example and the pattern he set for expository ministry.

The book aims to be more than a biography. Rather its purpose is to identify and share the teaching Simeon gave concerning preaching and its purpose, and the importance of training young men. It outlines the concern for the Jewish people Christians should have (a subject of contemporary neglect) and the importance of establishing the principle of balance, whether discussing election and human responsibility or any other issue that sadly divides Christians. He explained how often the truth is to be found not in one extreme or the other, or even in the middle, but in both extremes at once.

About the Author

After serving churches in the UK as a pastor for a total of thirty years— first at Lansdowne Evangelical Free Church, West Norwood, in London and then at Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh—Derek Prime has devoted himself since 1987 to an itinerant ministry and to writing. He is author of several other books, including Opening up 1 Corinthians, The Lord’s prayer for today, Travel with M’Cheyne, Under God’s smile, and Gofors and Grumps, published by Day One.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Alistair McKenna
Golden Nuggets for all Pastors

This is the best book I have ever read on helping Pastors with their ministry. Derek Prime has done a great job. There are so many "Golden Nuggets", I feel richer spiritually for having read this book.

"not just a biography"

This book serves not just as a biography of Simeon by drawing on his memoirs, letters and sermons but also as an indicator of his main spiritual concerns and where he placed the emphasis in his teaching and preaching. Derek Prime, greatly loved in FIEC circles, notes that Simeon's life and experience provide enduring principles relevant to the Church. The text is compelling, showing examples of Simeon's concern for others in his own country and further afield, with some work still bearing his marks and observing his guiding principles today. This well-researched biography reveals how, despite his weaknesses, Simeon truly reflected the character of his Lord, and how his life and experience demonstrated enduring principles relevant to the Church at all times. I enjoyed this book greatly and particularly welcomed the inclusion of Simeon's sermon on 1 Corinthians 2:2 - a revealing insight into the warmth of the great man's heart and the clarity of his thoughts. FIEC Together Autumn 2012 - Richard Underwood - FIEC Director of Pastoral Care

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