Below is an excerpt from the Tanner Turley dissertation entitled “The Experimental Homiletic of Octavius Winslow: Applying Doctrine To Life”. I again want to thank Mr. Turley for allowing me first access to his work and his kind permission in allowing me to mine a few nuggets from within. The entirety of this sermon is now available here.
One of the most famous moments in the ministerial career of Winslow came when Charles Spurgeon invited him to preach at the opening of the Metropolitan Tabernacle on April 4, 1861. He preached a sermon entitled ‘Christ’s Finished Work’ from John 19:30. In the conclusion of his sermon, Winslow spoke a prayer of blessing over Spurgeon and the ensuing gospel work:
“And now, from my heart, I ask the blessing of the Triune God upon my beloved Brother, the grand substance of whose ministry I believe from my very soul is to exalt the finished work of Jesus. And I pray that this noble edifice, reared in the name and consecrated to the glory of the Triune God, may for many years echo and re-echo with his voice of melody and of power in expounding to you the glorious doctrines and precepts of Christ‘s one finished atonement.”
The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit
(vol. 7; Pasadena, Calif.: Pilgrim Publications, 1986)