In this sermon, Rev. C.H. Spurgeon explores the two effects of the gospel. He explains that while the gospel is a sweet savour to those who are saved, it can also be a savour of death to those who reject it. He emphasizes that ministers are not responsible for the success of their preaching, but they have a weighty duty to faithfully proclaim the gospel.

Discussion Questions

  1. What does it mean for the gospel to be a “sweet savour” to those who are saved? How has the gospel brought life and joy to your own life?
  2. Why do you think the gospel can be a “savour of death” to some people? How does their rejection of the gospel contribute to this effect?
  3. How does the gospel sometimes harden people in their sins? Why do you think some people use the gospel as an excuse to continue in sinful behavior?
  4. What does it mean for the gospel to increase someone’s damnation? How does the rejection of the gospel make someone’s punishment in hell more severe?
  5. Have you ever experienced the gospel as a savour of life? How did it transform your life and bring you closer to God?
  6. Why is it important for ministers to remember that they are not responsible for their success? How does this relieve the pressure and allow them to focus on faithfully proclaiming the gospel?
  7. What is the significance of the minister’s duty being described as high and solemn work? How does this challenge and encourage ministers to fulfill their calling?


Dear God, thank you for the gospel, which is a sweet savour of life to those who believe. We pray that you would help us to fully embrace the gospel and experience its transforming power in our lives. Forgive us for the times when we have rejected or neglected the gospel, and help us to always hold fast to the truth. We also pray for ministers who faithfully proclaim the gospel. Give them strength, wisdom, and courage as they fulfill their high and solemn calling. May the message of the gospel continue to spread and bring life to all who hear it. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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