Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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The Spiritually Deaf

How many there are who listen to the Word of God but never let that divine instruction penetrate their souls. Sunday after Sunday they listen to instruction without" reforming in any way... They put on a Sunday attitude like a Sunday suit. They are the spiritually deaf, who hear the word of God but are not influenced by it. .. The inspirations to kindness and mercy and justice which He sends are rejected by them; the remorse which follows their hard dealings, uncharitable words and unethical practices is disregarded; the examples of virtue around them make no impression, and the instances for chastisement of sin go unheeded. Of them the words of the prophet Zacharias were fittingly spoken: "They would not harken and they turned away their shoulders to depart; and they stopped their ears not to hear"... One cannot hear with attention two different discourses. You cannot sit at home and read a book profitably while listening attentively to a lecture coming over the radio. So, one cannot listen to the call of God and at the same time give ear to the seductions of the world... With just a little honesty, I think we can all find within us some signs of a spiritual deafness that forms the background of our con­fession story and a spiritual dumbness which explains our frequent stumblings into temptation.—Rev. Francis P. Goodall.

The Inexhaustible Book of the Ages

The distinguished archeologist and New Testament scholar, Sir William Ramsey, has written at least forty books about New Testament subjects, and his writings are simply indisputable for an understanding of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. After giving himself for one-half century to these themes, Sir William remarked at the age of eight-five, "I should like to devote the last years of my life to a fresh study of the New Testament, which I seem only to begin to understand." Sir William Ramsay had mastered Greek and Latin literature by the time he was twenty-five, yet he did not say that he wanted to spend the last years of his life in Plato, Virgil, or Cicero, because he "only begins to understand" them, but with the inexhaustible Word of God. The thousands and thousands of commentaries and lives of Christ and works about the Bible which stand on the shelves of every "well-equipped theological library in every important language of our modern world bear testimony to the truth that the Word of God is the preeminent book of all ages. Dr. Wilbur Smith, in Moody Monthly.

How Readest Thou?

A young woman, asked by her friend to explain what is meant by devotional reading of the Bible, replied:

Yesterday morning I received a letter from one to whom I had given my heart and devoted my life. I freely admit to you that I have read that letter five times, not because I did not understand it at the first reading, nor because I expected to commend myself to the author by frequent reading of his epistle. It was not with me a question of duty, but simply one of pleasure. I read it because I am devoted to the one who wrote it."

To read the Bible with the same motive is to read it devotionally, and to one who reads it in that spirit it is indeed a love letter.—United Presbyterian.

Reaction Follows Action

Many years ago there walked across the campus of Yale University a young man distressed about his religious faith. He was saying to himself, "Really, judged scientifically, there is nothing to it. The Bible is a myth."

He was on his way to the chemical laboratory. There he took his textbook and performed the experiments exactly according to formula and directions, and he secured the predicted reactions. That night in his room he said to himself, "I'll do the same thing with religion."

He took the textbook. It condemned sin. He put all sins of every kind out of his life. It commended prayer. He prayed. It commended public worship. He went to church. It commended service. He offered his services as a teacher of boys.

The reactions came. He found a faith, and Horace Bushnell went out from Yale not to become a lawyer as he had planned, but one of the best and most revered preachers of his generation. —New Century Leader.

The Bible The Key To The Heart

If I had a lock of very complicated construction, and there was only one key that would unlock it, I should feel very sure that that key was made by one who understood the construction of that lock.

So when I find that notwithstanding all the windings and mysteries of in­iquity in the human heart, the Bible, and the Bible only, is adapted to it throughout, and is able to penetrate its most secret recesses, I am constrained to believe that the Bible was made by Him who "alone knoweth the hearts of the children of men."—A. M.

Twelve Times a Day For a Month

Many years ago I met R. A. Torrey in Baraboo, Wis. I said to him one day, "I am a complete failure as a Bible teacher and speaker, and the Bible is as dry as dust to me. I must either cease to be a Christian worker, or find a way to know and love the Bible as other Christians do. Please tell me how to study it so that it will mean something to me." Dr. Torrey replied, "Read it." I said, "I do read it." He said, "Read it some more." I replied, "How?" He answered, "Take some book and read it twelve times a day for a month." I said, "What book could I read that many times a day, working as many hours as I do?" He said, "Try Second Peter." I did. My wife and I read Second Peter three or four times in the morning, two or three times at noon, and two or three times at dinner. Soon I was talking Second Peter to every one I met. It seemed as though the stars in the heavens were singing the story of Second Peter. I read Second Peter on may knees, marking passages. Teardrops mingled with the crayon colors, and I said to my wife, "See how I have ruined this part of my Bible." "Yes," she said, "but as the pages have been getting black, your life has been getting white."—Dr. Congdon, in Moody Monthly.

Suppose the Bible Were Gone

A certain man dreamed that he went to consult his Bible and found every page blank. In amazement he rushed to his neighbor's house, aroused him from his sleep, and asked to see his Bible, but when he brought the Book they found it also blank. In great conster­nation they sought other Bibles, with the same result. Then they said: "We will go to the libraries and from great books we will gather the quotations of Scriptures, and thus remake our Bible." But when they examined all the books upon the shelves of all the libraries, they found that wherever a quotation of Scripture had been, that part of the page was blank. When the man awoke, his brow was cold, yet covered with perspiration, so great had been his agony during the dreams. Oh! how dark this world would be without the Bible! Man would be like a wrecked ship dashed into mid-ocean.—The King's Business.

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