Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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The Tragedy of Bible Owners

The family or individual that does not possess a Bible is an exception in America today. A popular magazine presents a striking article on the high-pressure salesmanship that places Bibles in the homes even of illiterates in the South. Many persons feel that there is something akin to magic in mere possession. of a Bible. Christians derive gratification from the fact that the Bible is still the world's "best seller," as it always has been. Yet a Chicago newspaper reports a University of Chicago professor as saying, in course of an interview, "Ignorance regarding the Bible on the part of otherwise intelligent people is one of the astounding things today." It is the tragedy of Bible owners that so many Bibles show little sign of use. In one home it was naively said, "We hide our money in the Bible, because no one ever thinks of looking there." We once found a Bible used on the floor for a doorstop! If we could get closed Bibles dusted off and really studied, many a one might say, with the prophet of old: "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart" (Jer. 15:16). The secular paper presenting the interview from which we have quoted, closed its account thus: "If the churches of Chicago during this year would forget their bazaars and nonessential activities, and concentrate on opening the Bible and its revealed truths to their 2,500,000 members and adherents here, there would be something akin to a spiritual rebirth before the year is out."The Evangelical Messenger.

The Bible Will Stand
O God, Thy Word is true we know!
It makes men's souls with beauty glow
With radiance from above.
Help us to plant it in each heart
That none from Thee might wish to part,
But walk with Thee in love.

We know its entrance giveth light
To guide us through life's darkest night,
To light that is divine.
The hope it gives is from above,
And floods our souls with truest love,
Making us know we're Thine.

Heaven and earth shall pass away,
And yet Thy Holy Word shall stay
Until its task is done.
It is the truth, and cannot fail,
Though foulest hell doth it assail—
Its fight has long been won.

Eternal Truth, give us to know
That joy our souls may overflow,
While on Thy Word we rest.
Bestow upon us now Thy grace
That we may truly seek Thy face,
And know that we are blest.—By William James Robinson, D.D., Kansas City, Mo.

I supposed I knew my Bible,
Reading piecemeal, hit or miss,
Now a bit of John or Matthew,
Now a snatch of Genesis;
Certain chapters of Isaiah,
Certain Psalms (the twenty-third),
Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs,
Yes, I thought I knew the Word.
But I found a thorough reading
Was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read the Bible through.

You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble here and there,
Just before you kneel a-weary
And yawn out a hurried prayer;
You who treat the Crown of Writing
As you treat no other book—
Just a paragraph disjointed,
Just a crude, impatient look—
Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view—
You will kneel in very rapture
When you read the Bible through.Amos R. Wells.

How to Use the Bible

When in sorrow, read John 14.
When men fail you, read Psalm 27.
When you have sinned, read Psalm 51.
When you worry, read Matthew 6:19-34.
Before church service, read Psalm 84.
When you are in danger, read Psalm 91.
When you have the blues, read Psalm 34.
When God seems far away, read Psalm 139.
When you are discouraged, read Isaiah 40.
If you want to be fruitful, read John 15.
When doubts come upon you, try John 7:17.
When you are lonely or fearful, read Psalm 23.
When you forget your blessings, read Psalm 103.
For Jesus' idea of a Christian, read Matthew 5.
For James' idea of religion, read James 1:19-27.
When your faith needs stirring, read Hebrews 11.
When you feel down and out, read Romans 8:31-39.
When you want courage for your task, read Joshua 1.
When the world seems bigger than God, read Psalm 90.
When you want rest and peace, read Matthew 11:25-30.
When you want Christian assurance, Romans 8:1-30.
For Paul's secret of happiness, read Col. 3:12-17.
When you leave home for labor or travel, Psalm 121.
When you grow bitter or critical, read I Corinthians 13.
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish, Psalms 67.
For Paul's idea of Christianity, read II Corinthians 5:15-19.
For Paul's rules on how to get along with men, Romans 12.
When you think of investments and returns, Mark 10:17-31.
For a great invitation and a great opportunity, Isaiah 55.
For Jesus' idea of prayer, Luke 11:1-13, Matt. 6:5-15.
For the prophet's picture of worship that counts, Isaiah 58:1-12.
For the prophet's idea of religion, Isa. 1:10-18, Mic. 6:6-8.
Why not follow Psalm 11911 and hide some of these in your memory?—Prof. Harris Franklin Rail.

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