Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Troublesome Scriptures

Mark Twain once said: "Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture which they cannot understand; but as for me, I have always noticed that the passages in Scripture which trouble me most are those which I do understand."From the Homilope church envelope.


The Bible's Freshness

Who doubts that, times without number, particular portions of the Scriptures find their way to the human soul as if they were embassies from on high, each with its own commission of comfort, of guidance, or of warning? What crisis, what trouble, what perplexity of life, has failed, or can fail, to draw from this inexhaustible treasure-house its proper supply? What profession, what position, is not daily and hourly enriched by these words which repetition never weakens, which carry with them now, as in the days of their first utterance, the freshness of youth and immortality?—William E. Gladstone.


Better Than Breakfast

At a school in Japan a teacher asked the children if there were any who had not breakfasted that morning, thinking thereby to discover some needy family. A boy of nine years put up his hand. Knowing that he came from a comparatively well-to-do family, the teacher asked why he had not had breakfast. The boy replied: "In our home we do not eat till we have partaken of spiritual food. As I was late getting up this morning I had to leave for school immediately after the spiritual food, so I have not had any breakfast." The boy explained that in his home the Scripture Union daily portions were read. The teacher and the boy's schoolmates were so much impressed that about fifteen have joined the Scripture Union and are reading the Bible daily.—From The Toronto Globe.


A Very Modern Book

Dr. Dean of China had been conversing with an intelligent Chinese respecting our sacred books, assuring him that they are very old. He gave a specimen. Soon after the man came to Dr. Dean, and with a look of triumph and accusation exclaimed: "You told me your Book was very ancient; but that chapter," pointing to the first chapter of Romans, "you have written yourself since you came here and learned all about the Chinese."—Courtesy Moody Monthly.


A Sermon in Insurance Rates

Anyone would be foolish to contend that the mere reading of the Bible in our public schools would revolutionize the morals of a nation over night. It seems equally unwise to assert it would make no improvement in a generation. The burglary insurance rate is $12 per thousand in Boston; $22 in New York, and $27.50 in CMcago. Is there any connection between these figures and the fact that the Bible has been read daily in the public schools of Boston for sixty-five years, for twenty-two years in New York, and excluded for thirty years from the schools in Chicago?—The Dearborn Independent.


Which Stage is Yours?

There are three stages of Bible study: first, the cod-liver-oil stage, when you take it like medicine, because it is good for you; second, the shredded wheat biscuit stage, dry, but nourishing; third, the peaches and cream stage. Have you reached the third stage?—Moody Monthly.


A Sure Revival

A native of India, writing to a friend about a great revival they were having said, "We are having a great rebible here." The Church needs to be rebibled.C. E. World.


How Many Times Have You?

A gentleman in Bristol, in his last interview with George Muller (says Dr. Dinsdale T. Young), said, "Excuse me, but how many times have you read the Bible through?" "Well," George Muller replied, "as you ask me, I may say that I have read it through sixty-six times, and I am now going through it for the sixty-seventh time, and it gets more interesting and sweeter every time I read it." That is the testimony of all Bible lovers.—Christian Herald


The Immortality of the Bible
John Clifford, D.D.

The Bible is indestructible. It cannot be holden of death. Buried a thousand times beneath the accumulated heaps of hostile criticism, it rises again to newness of life. It is absolutely insuppressible. The continuity of the Bible as a spiritual and ethical force in the life of the world is one of the outstanding marvels of history. Recall its story. Reckon up the number, the strength, the malignity of the open and avowed enemies it has encountered, whose extinction it has survived. Look at the character and power of the schools of criticism, and note the way in which they have come and gone, whilst it has kept on forever. Each had found the mystic key for its explanation. Each knew more than its predecessor. Each had the newest fact to supply, and each did its critical work; some rendering real service, others none. But the Bible abides, attracts, conquers. Add to this the greatest wonder of all, that it has lived through the inconceivably foolish and misguided behavior of its friends. No book was ever more universally loved, no book ever suffered more from its admirers. The crude interpretations of its messages, the wild theories preached in its name and backed by perversions of its texts, the absence of sense and method in the exposition of its statements, the preposterous schemes and movements undertaken for its defense, convince us that if the book had not an absolutely indestructible center it would have disappeared long ago. But God lives, and is its life, therefore it endures, and shall endure forever—Selected


The Best Seller

The Bible remains by all odds the "best seller." It has no competitor. It is now read in 1020 languages and dialects. To meet the demand for its circulation, some thirty societies put out 36,500,000 copies in one year. The production rate of one of these publishing houses was more than 2,000 every hour. The Bible was the first Book to be printed, and it has reached an estimated output of 882,000,000 copies in these centuries of distribution.

There must indeed be something of vital worth about this world-sought Book. What a grim disappointment this popularity would be to Voltaire, who predicted that the Bible would be obsolete in a hundred years! Well may we meditate upon the secrets of the Bible's pull upon the human heart. As we do so, let every one make an honest check of his own personal attitude, as reflected in the use or disuse of the Book, the reverence or disrespect for its intrinsic worth, as shown in his daily habits.—Gospel Herald.

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