Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Treasures Ready for Use

I recall a young man whom I used to meet at our Bible conferences. He was an illiterate man, but he had set his mind to the plan of getting a verse a day of the Bible. When I first met him he had been working on it for eight years. He had committed over two thousand verses of Scripture to memory. His prayer was a marvel. It was like a rich brocade of silver and gold of the Word of God, interwoven with praise, testimony, and petition. It was a marvelous thing to hear that young man, a workman in a steel mill, give his testimony for God; and yet it all came from committing a single verse of Scripture a day. —James H. McConkey, in Christ Life

President Grant's Message

President Grant sent this message for The Sunday School Times in 1876: "Your favor of yesterday, asking a message from me to the children and youth of the United States . . . is this moment received. My advice to Sunday Schools, no matter what their denomination, is, 'Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties. Write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this Book are we indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future. 'Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.' Yours respectfully, U. S. Grant."Sunday School Times.

"I have never in my whole life met a man who really knew the Bible, and rejected it." The difficulty has always been an unwillingness to give it an honest trial. Our Lord Himself said, "Ye will not come unto me, that ye might have life."—Christ Life.

Checking Criticism

We live in a day when man is criticizing God's Word. Modernism is emasculating it; modern cults are perverting it and the world is neglecting it. Dr. W. H. Griffith Thomas once said that the word "discerner" (Heb. 4:12), in the Greek, should be translated "critic,"—"a critic of the thoughts and intents of the heart," and he added, "It is the only place in the Bible where the word 'critic' is found, and you notice it is the Word criticizing us, and if we allowed the Word of God to criticize us a little more, we would criticize it a great deal less." —Sunday School Times.

Leper Memorizes Matthew

In a letter published in the Bible Society Record the story is told of K. Pong Cho, a leper, who recited the whole Gospel of Matthew. "He has not a whole finger left; his ears are twice their normal size, and his feet swollen so that he can hardly walk. He can speak only in a hoarse whisper, and he is totally blind." When he was asked what he wanted to recite, he said, "I might start with the Gospel according to Matthew." And when consent was given, off he went. "It was beyond belief . . . He sat on the floor, presently swaying to and fro as the recitation developed into a kind of song. One by one the chapters rolled by ... It seemed almost effortless." At the close of the recitation of the 28 chapters, he was asked, "This painfully hard work— has it been worth while?" "It has given me," he answered, "a mind at peace with God. My faith has been strengthened. I have joy." "And death?" he was asked. "The matter of death is not my business. That belongs to God. I see Heaven in in mind."—The Alliance Weekly.

Hoover Says:

"There is no other book so varied as the Bible, nor one so full of concentrated wisdom. Whether it be of law, business, morals, or that vision which leads the imagination in the creation of constructive enterprise for the happiness of mankind, he who seeks for guidance in any of these things may look inside its covers and find illumination. The study of this Book in your Bible classes is a post-graduate course in the richest library of human experience.

"As a nation we are indebted to the Book of books for our national ideas and representative institutions. Their preservation rests in adhering to its principles."—Ex-President Hoover.

The Bible Made America What She Is

America rests upon four corner stones: The English Bible, the English language, the common law, and the tradition of liberty. But liberty, language, and law might have been drawn from the Bible alone. Had we brought nothing with us across the sea besides this supreme Book, we might still have been great. Without this Book, America could not have become what she is and when she loses its guidance and wisdom, she will be America no more.

Did we bring the Bible to these shores? Did it not rather bring us? The breath of ancient Prophets was in the sails that drove the tiny Mayflower. The hope and faith of ancient poets, kings, and law­givers were in the hearts of those who first sang the Lord's song in this strange land. Our first dim outlines of a commonwealth in the Western world were drawn "as near as might be to that which was the glory of Israel."

From those beginnings until now the Bible has been a teacher to our best men, a rebuke to our worst, and a noble companion to us all.Christian Advocate.

They Could Not

In Armenia a whole village of sixty families embraced Islamism u n d e r threats of torture and death. There was only one exception—a woman aged 110 years, who refused, saying, "I am too old to deny my Lord." The fierce Turks snatched her Bible from her hands, tore it up, and burned it. She said very calmly, "You can do that, but you cannot tear the promises out of my heart."—Life and Light

Evidence of truth

A young Italian girl sat at her fruit stand intently absorbed in reading a small book. A gentle­man, pausing to get some fruit, asked her what she was reading with so much interest. She replied, rather timidly, 'The Word of God, sir.' But he was one who called himself a skeptic. He said, 'Who told you the Bible was the Word of God?' With childish simplicity she replied, 'God told me Himself.' `God told you? Impossible! How did He tell you? You have never seen Him nor talked with Him. How could He tell you?'

For a few moments the girl was confused and silent. Then looking up, she said respectfully, 'Sir, who told you there is a sun in the sky up there?' The gentleman replied, rather contemptuously, 'Who told me? Nobody; I don't need to be told. The sun tells this about itself. It warms me. I love its light.' And the young Italian girl earnestly answered, 'You have put it straight, sir, for the sun and the Bible. I read it. It warms my heart. It gives me light. I love its light and its warmth. None but God could give the light and warmth I get from this Book.' And he turned away quietly, abashed by her simple faith.—S. D. Gordon

(Ps. 19. 8; 119. 105)

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