An extract from the article:
Charles Spurgeon never went to college, let alone seminary. But at twenty he knew more biblical theology than most pastors today. Where did he get such a thirst for independent study? And how did he come to cherish the doctrines of sovereign grace that we have been pondering the past three weeks? Here is a surprising lesson from his Autobiography.
The first lessons I ever had in theology were from an old cook in the school at Newmarket where I was an usher. She was a good old soul, and used to read The Gospel Standard. She liked something very sweet indeed, good strong Calvinistic doctrine, but she lived strongly as well as fed strongly. Many a time we have gone over the covenant of grace together, and talked of the personal election of the saints, their union to Christ, their final perseverance, and what vital godliness meant; and I do believe that I learnt more from her than I should have learned from any six doctors of divinity of the sort that we have nowadays.