Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Testimonies

Earl Baldwin said, 'The Bible is a high explosive. It works in strange ways, and no living man can tell or know how that Book in its journey through the world has startled the individual soul in ten thousand different places into a new life, a new belief, a new conception, a new faith.'

In a study of the life and work of Moses in his book of Essays, Sir Winston Churchill has this forthright passage concerning the historical accuracy of Holy Scripture. (Our quotation is condensed) 'We reject with scorn all these learned and laboured myths that Moses was but a legendary figure. We believe that the most scientific view, the most up-to-date and rationalistic conception, will find its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible literally and in identifying one of the greatest human beings with the most decisive leap forward ever discernible in the human story. We may be sure that all these things happened just as they are set out according to Holy Writ. The impressions these people received were faithfully recorded and have been transmitted across the centuries with far more accuracy than many of the telegraphed accounts of goings-on today. In the words of a forgotten work of Mr. Gladstone, we rest with assurance upon he impregnable rock of Holy Scripture". Let the men of science and learning expand their knowledge and pride and prove with their researches every detail of the records which have been preserved to us from those dim ages. All they will do is to fortify the grand simplicity and essential accuracy of the recorded truths which have lighted so far the pilgrimage of man.'

In one of his speeches Emperor Haile Selassie said, 'We in Ethiopia have one of the oldest versions of the Bible, but however old the version may be and in whatever language it might be written, the Word remains one and the same. It is eternal, and one of the most complete proofs of this can be found in the body of the Bible itself. Gamaliel, one learned in the law, warns Israel of their attitude to the apostles and their teaching. "Refrain," he says, "and let them alone, for if this counsel and this work be of men, it will come to naught but if it be of God you cannot overthrow it." No doubt you all remember reading in the Acts of the Apostles of how Philip baptized the Ethiopian official. He was the first Ethiopian on record to have accepted Christ; and from that day onward the Word of God continues to grow in the heart of Ethiopians. And I must say for myself that from early childhood I was taught to appreciate the Bible, and my love for it increases with the passage of time. All through my life I have found it a cause of unfailing comfort. Unless a man accepts with clear conscience the Bible and its great message he cannot hope for salvation. For myself I glory in the Bible.'

(Acts 2. 41; 8. 32-36)


Traveller

The Bible is the greatest traveller in the world. It penetrates to every country, civilized and uncivilized. It is seen in the royal palace and in the humble cottage. It is the friend of Emperors and beggars. It is read by the light of the dim candle amid Arctic snows. It is read under the glare of the equatorial sun. It is read in city and country, amid the crowds and in solitude. Wherever its message is received, it frees the mind from bondage and fills the heart with gladness.—Dr. A. T. Pierson


Amid the crowds of the court, or the forum, or the street, or the market-place where every thought of every soul seems to be set upon the excitements of ambition, or of business, or of pleasure, there too, even there, the still small voice of the Holy Bible will be heard, and the soul, aided by some blessed words, may find wings like a dove, may fly away and be at rest.—William Ewart Gladstone


A Christian business gentleman, manager of a factory, used to find pleasure in visiting fellow-Christians in their homes for a time of fellowship in spiritual things. One day, being in a mining area, he called on a Christian friend who was a miner. It was late in the afternoon, and the miner, having returned from the pit, bathed and changed his clothes, was busy poring over his well-worn Bible. 'Well, Jamie, where are you gleaning today?' asked his visitor. 'In Romans 8,' was Jamie's reply. Several weeks later the factory manager again called at the miner's cottage and found him, as usual, studying his Bible, and still at Romans 8. 'Why, Jamie, you were digging into that chapter when I came to see you some weeks ago,' he said. The miner's reply was, 'Aye, sir, I'm sinking a shaft here.' (Ps. 119. 162; Isa. 45. 3)


Universality of the Bible

Scripture, the Jewish Word, is the universal Book. The most cultivated nations bow before it, and learn as docile children from its inexhaustible pages; to the rudest tribes light and love are brought from its simple and powerful declarations. While kings and philosophers find wisdom and counsel in this inspired volume, it is the companion of the artisan and the merchant, the comfort of the widow, and the instructor of the unlettered and uneducated. There is no age of man when it is not suitable. It gives milk to babes, guidance to the young, strength to men, and consolation to the aged.—Adolph Saphir (Ps. 19. 7-10; Rom. 3. 23; 10. 12)


Usefulness of the Bible

A skeptic in London recently, in speaking of the Bible, said that it was quite impossible in these days to believe in any book whose authority was unknown. A Christian asked if the compiler of the multiplication table was known. 'No!' he answered. 'Then, of course, you do not believe in it.' `Oh yes,' was the skeptic’s reply `I believe in it because it works well.' `So does the Bible,' was the rejoinder. The skeptic had no answer to that.

(Ps. 119. 105; 1 Tim. 3. 15, 16)


When I am tired, the Bible is my bed;
Or in the dark, the Bible is my light.
When I am hungry, it is living bread;
Or fearful, it is armour for the fight.
When I am sick, 'tis healing medicine,
Or lonely, throngs of friends I find therein.

If I would work, the Bible is my tool;
Or play, it is a harp of tuneful sound.
If I am ignorant, it is my school:
If I am sinking, it is solid ground.
If I am cold, the Bible is my fire,
And it gives wings if boldly I aspire.

Does gloom oppress? The Bible is a sun;
'Midst ugliness it is a garden fair.
Am I athirst? How cool its waters run!
Or stifled? What a vivifying air!
Since thus thou givest of thyself to me,
How I should give myself, great Book, to thee!

(Ps. 12. 6; 19. 7; 119. 50; Eph. 5. 26; 6. 17; Col. 3. 16)

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