Spurgeon Gems is a ministry of Eternal Life Ministries, a non-profit, non-denominational organization which seeks to glorify God by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, edifying believers, and strengthening Christian families.
We follow the biblical teachings of the Protestant Reformation known as the five solas and the doctrines of grace; therefore, we seek to distribute resources which are in keeping with these teachings. We currently offer Spurgeon resources, including a complete 63 volume set of sermons in today's language, sermons for booklet printing, MP3 audio sermons, and notable quotes. We also offer other Bible-based resources, including devotional helps, inspirational poems, Puritan prayers, and For HIS Glory newsletter. Everything is 100% free in the fullest sense of those words because "freely we ourselves have received."
We are dependent upon voluntary gifts to continue this ministry; however, we do not ask for donations. We are relying upon the Lord to meet our needs through those who desire to support us. Since all involved are volunteers who receive no monetary recompense, gifts are maximized for ministering to others with the teaching of God's Word.
In 1989, Eternal Life Ministries (ELM) was founded by Perry Boardman in Sierra Vista, Arizona. During his final year of Bible college, Perry was looking for an opportunity to minister to others. And a friend gave him the idea to send tracts to those who were in need of salvation. Soon afterwards upon the suggestion of his father, he felt led to start ELM in order to expand his outreach. With limited funds, he made some tracts and obtained resources from other ministries to distribute. He was determined not to charge for anything but solely rely upon the Lord's provision.
In 1992, ELM was moved to Kingston, Arkansas. For several years progress was slow. However, with the acquisition of a website in 1998, ELM began to see steady growth as more people became aware of the ministry via the Internet.
In 2001, the Spurgeon Gems website was created thanks to the help of Emmett O'Donnell who provided all of the sermons in Modern English as well as other resources. He also was webmaster of the site for 16 years. The site started out with less than 10 volumes of sermons but now has 63. And thanks to the help of other volunteers, unabridged sermons and books have been added.
Over the next several years God continued to bless and ELM eventually acquired sufficient funds for better quality resources and more equipment to improve the ministry.
In 2009, the Sovereign Grace Audio Treasures website was created thanks to the help of another Christian man (who asked that his name not be given). He has provided most of the MP3 messages, including over 2,500 messages by Albert N. Martin. He also is webmaster of the site and has made many improvements.
We are so grateful to God for how He has wonderfully blessed and provided for the needs of ELM all these years. It's only by His grace that ELM has been able to continue and minister to others with the teaching of His Word. To Him be all the glory!