Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Not As Good As the Book

"I'll tell you what's the matter with you Christians,"—a high-caste Hindu gentleman was talking with the missionary—"you are not as good as your Book."

Rather a startling charge, isn't it? But scrutinize your own life carefully under the light of sacred precepts before you venture to deny its truth. If only we were as good as our Book, what a different place this world would be!

The Book is powerful. One writer declares that it has dynamite in it, so wonderful is the way in which it speaks to the hearts of men.

Once, when Dr. John Chamberlain had read to the natives of an East Indian city the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans, an intelligent Brahman said to him: "Sir, that chapter was written by one of you missionaries about us Hindus. It describes us exactly." But we know that those inspired words were written by the Apostle Paul almost two thousand years before the first missionary went to India.

A learned Chinese student was em-ployed to translate the New Testament into his native language. At first he worked stolidly, but after a few weeks he came to the missionary greatly agitated.

"What a wonderful Book this is," he exclaimed.

"Why so?" questioned his employer.

"Because," the Chinese replied, "it tells me so exactly about myself. It knows all that is in me. The One who made this Book must be the One who made me."—The Gospel Herald

"The Bible has lost hold, but nothing has arisen to take its place. That is the gravest aspect of the matter. It was the cement with which our Western communities were built and by which they were held together."—H. G. Wells.

In the second part of Pilgrim's Progress Prudence questions Matthew about the Bible:

Prud: What do you think of the Bible?

Matt: It is the holy word of God.

Prud: Is there nothing written therein but what you understand?

Matt: Yes, a great deal.

Prud: What do you do when you meet with places therein that you do not understand?

Matt: I think God is wiser than I. I pray also that he will please to let me know all therein that he knows will be for my good.

The above dialogue is to be read on a tablet on the walls of Canterbury Cathedral. It contains a world of sense, and Bunyan was not unmindful in his own preaching of the principles expressed therein.

How God Spoke to Him

A woman whose husband was a confirmed drunkard led a most miserable life until one day a colporteur came to her poor home and brought her a Bible. She found much comfort in reading it and soon came to treasure it above everything. Her husband sneered and railed at her about it. One day, when he came home half intoxicated, and found her sitting over her newly found treasure, he snatched the Bible from her, threw it into the stove, and set fire to it. "Now we shall see," said he, "what will be left of your new religion." The next day he opened the door of the stove, and taking the fire tongs, was about to stir up the cinders, which, as he thought, were all that was left of the Bible, when his eye fell upon the words: "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." Having been thrown in closed, some pages of the Book were partly preserved, and these words stood out clear and distinct. They were like a revelation to the man; he stood convicted and awe­stricken. Soon after he was converted, and led a different life.—Sunday School Times

Why People Don't Read The Bible

When Queen Elizabeth's wrinkles waxed deep and many, it is reported that an unfortunate master of the mint incurred disgrace by a too faithful likeness of her cast on the shilling; the die was broken and only one mutilated specimen is now in existence. Her maids of honor took the hint and were thenceforward careful that no fragment of looking-glass should remain in any room in the palace. In fact, The Quarterly Review (a magazine of the times) says the queen "had not the heart to look herself in the face for the last twenty years of her life!"

A mirror exposes wrinkles, dirt, etc., that may be on the face; so does the Word of God with the heart. Reading the Bible shows us our sins. If we refuse to repent and change we soon get tired of seeing our "dirty faces" in God's Mirror—so we stop looking into the Mirror! How foolish! Better see the dirt, confess it, and be cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb!Selected

A Good Reply

A skeptic in London recently said, in speaking of the Bible, it was quite impossible in these days to believe in any book whose authority is unknown. A Christian asked him if the compiler of the multiplication table was known. "No," he answered. "Then, of course, you do not believe in it?" "Oh, yes, I believe in it because it works well." "So does the Bible," was the rejoinder, and the skeptic had no answer to make.—Messenger.

The Royal Law

The coronation of King George VI was the first to be broadcast to the world by radio. What a magnificent testimony to the Bible was Heard at that point in the Westminster Abbey service when the crystal-clear voice of the Archbishop of Canterbury rang out with these words: "Our gracious King, we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing this world affords. Here is wisdom; this is the royal law; these are the living oracles of God."—Bible Society Record.

Christ on Every Page

It matters little what else we are finding in the Bible if we are not finding Him on every page. "If you read a chapter in the Old Testament and do not find Christ in it, read it again, for He is there," said Dr. D. M. Stearns in an address at a Bible conference. That one sentence was all that a certain young man heard that night, but it transformed his Bible study and his life. He is now a well-known teacher in a Bible institute, and is publishing a Bible correspondence course based on this principle of finding Christ as the key to every chapter of the Book. "I have a peculiar Bible," he said recently. "In my Bible the New Testament is printed between the lines of the Old Testament. Have you a Bible like that?"—Sunday School Times.

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