C.H. Spurgeon is often quoted as saying: “I take my text and make a beeline to the cross.”
Indeed, for Albert Mohler, this expression summarises Spurgeon’s entire preaching method.
For the record, I can find no evidence that Spurgeon ever said it (see here for corroboration).
But is it the sort of thing that the great preacher might have said? Well, kind of.
Perhaps the nearest thing we can find comes in a story told (with obvious approval) by the 24-year-old Spurgeon:
A Welsh minister who was preaching last Sabbath at the chapel of my dear brother, Jonathan George, was saying, that Christ was the sum and substance of the gospel, and he broke out into this story:—
A young man had been preaching in the presence of a venerable divine, and after he had done he went to the old minister, and said, “What do you think of my sermon?”…