Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Apple-Tree Bible Study

Luther said he studied his Bible as he gathered apples. First he shook the whole tree, that the ripest might fall; then he shook each limb, and when he had shaken each limb, he shook each branch, and after each branch, every twig; and then he looked under every leaf. Search the Bible as a whole, shaking the whole tree. Read it rapidly, as you would any other book. Then shake every limb—study book after book. Then shake every branch, giving attention to the chapters when they do not break the sense. Then shake each twig, by a careful study of the paragraphs and sentences. And you will be rewarded if you will look under each leaf, by searching the meaning of the words.—The Christian Fundamentalist

Can Man Create Life?

An old professor of biology used to hold a little brown seed in his hand. "I know just exactly the composition of this 32 BIBLE seed. It has in it nitrogen, hydrogen, and carbon. I know the exact proportions. I can make a seed that will look exactly like it. But if I plant my seed it will come to naught; its elements will simply be absorbed in the soil. If I plant the seed God made, it will become a plant, because it contains the mysterious principle which we call the life principle." This Bible looks like other books. We cannot understand altogether its marvelous power. Planted in good ground, it shows that it has the life principle in itself; it brings forth spiritual life; it bears fruitage.—Sunday School Times

How To Search The Scriptures

Seriously (Acts 17:11; II Tim. 2:15).
Earnestly (Josh. 1:8; Ps. 119:11).
Anxiously (John 20:31; Ps. 119:9).
Regularly (Acts 17:11; Ps. 1:2).
Carefully (Luke 24:27; II Tim. 3:16, 17).

Humbly (Luke 24:45; James 1:22). —The P. H. Advocate

Profitable Devotion

An old Scotch woman who was alone for the greater part of the day was asked, "What do you do during the day?" "Well," she said, "I get my hymn book, and I have a little hymn of praise to the Lord." Then she added, "I get my Bible and let the Lord speak to me. When I am tired of reading, and I cannot sing anymore, I just sit still and let the Lord love me."—Selected

The Life Plant

E. L. Langston in one of his splendid books says: "There is a strange plant in Jamaica, called the 'life plant.' It is called this because it is almost impossible to kill or destroy any portion of it. When a leaf is cut off and hung by a string, instead of shriveling up and dying like any other leaf, it sends gut white threadlike roots and thus gathers moisture from the air and begins to grow new leaves. The Bible," says Mr. Langston, "is the Life Plant of the moral and spiritual world. Circulate the Bible or portions of it anywhere, and it will soon take root in the affections and heart of mankind and send out tendrils of life. In the heart of Africa, or among the aborigines of South America, or among the Eskimos of the Arctic Circle, it has the same quickening power which no climate or heathenism has the power to kill."—The Wonderful Word

The Best Book of All

No fragment of any army ever survived so many battles as the Bible; no citadel ever withstood so many sieges; no rock was ever battered by so many hurricanes, and so swept by storms. And yet it stands. It has seen the rise and downfall of Daniel's four empires. Assyria bequeaths a few mutilated figures for the riches of our national museum. Media and Persia like Babylon, which they conquered, have been weighed in the balance, and long ago found wanting. Greece faintly survives in its historic fame; and Rome of the Caesars has long since ceased to boast. And yet the Book that foretells all this still survives. While nations, kings, philosophers, systems, institutions have died away, the Bible engages now men's deepest thoughts, is examined by the keenest intellects, stands revered before the highest tribunals, is more read and sifted and debated, more devoutly loved and more vehemently assailed, more defended and more denied, more industriously translated and freely given to the world, more honored and more abused, than any other book the world ever saw. It survives all changes, itself unchanged; it moves all minds, yet is moved by none; it sees all things decay, itself incor-ruptible; it sees myriads of other books engulfed in the stream of time, yet is borne along till the mystic angel shall plant his foot upon the sea, and swear by Him that liveth forever and ever that time shall be no longer. The Old Book Stands!—The Wonderful Word

The Bible

Other books tell us what men suppose; the Bible tells us what God knows. Other books tell us what other men, almost as foolish as ourselves, speculate; this Book tells us what an infinitely wise God, who made us and all things, and consequently knows all things, has inerrant¬ly revealed. This Book makes men wise with the wisdom that is golden, the wisdom that brings eternal salvation. No one can study this Book aright, no matter how ignorant he may otherwise be, without becoming possessed of that priceless wisdom that means eternal life. No other book has the power to make us acquainted with God and with His Son, Jesus Christ, that this Book has. Oh, study the Book that brings eternal life; make it in your own experience "the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls" (James 1:21, R.V.).—R. A. Torrey

They Said This About the Bible

Hundreds of illuminating and helpful passages about the Bible are scattered here and there upon the pages of Christian literature. The following are but a few of the "handfuls of purpose" which are readily found by gleaners in this field.

Christianity Depends Upon It

"We speak with gratitude of the profound influence which has been exercised on the world by Christianity. But it is to be remembered that Christianity comes to men, and is kept alive in their memories and hearts, only through the Bible—through the possession, translation, diffusion, and devout and prayerful reading, preaching, study and teaching of the written Word.

"Without the Bible to revert to, keeping the truth fresh and living, the image of the Master would long since have been blurred and distorted beyond recognition. His Gospel would have been perverted beyond recovery by corrupt human tradition. His doctrines and moral teaching, with those of His Apostles, would have been buried under a mountain load of human inventions.

"It is not, therefore, an exaggeration to say that it is the Bible which has preserved Christianity to the world."—Rev. Robert Murdoch, B. Th., (Scotland)

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