Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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God's Wonderful Book

A certain Christian traveler was packing his suitcase when about to proceed on a journey, when he remarked to a friend: "There is still a little corner left open in which I desire to pack a guidebook, a lamp, a mirror, a telescope, a book of poems, a number of biographies, a bundle of old letters, a hymn­book, a sharp sword, a small library, containing thirty volumes, and all these articles must occupy a space of about three by two inches." "How are you going to manage that?" queried his friend, and the reply was: "Very easily, for the Bible contains all these things."

The most wonderful, the most marvelous book in all the literature of the world is the Bible, because it is God's own Book!

God's creatures are we, proceeding through this world of sin on our short pilgrim journey, and it is therefore necessary to know one thing, or at least inquire for it, and that is the way to heaven. God Himself has clearly shown us the way even unto eternal life, and these directions are to be found in the Bible. This Book of God, therefore, is absolutely necessary on the pilgrim's journey as the Guide, which reveals unto fallen man the profoundest, the highest of all revelations: namely, the love, grace and mercy of the triune God.—The Comforter.

Where the Bible is Not Out of Date

As a converted African cannibal sat reading his Bible a European trader passed by and asked him what he was doing, "Reading the Bible," was his reply. "That Book is out of date in my country," said the trader. "If it had been out of date here," said the African, "you would have been eaten long ago."—Record of Christian Work.

Young man! the Bible is true. What have these infidels to give you in its place? What has made England but the open Bible? Every nation that exalteth the Word of God is exalted, and every nation that casteth it down is cast down. Oh, let us cling close to the Bible. Of course we shall not understand it all at once. But men are not to condemn it on that account. Suppose I should send my little boy, five years old, to school tomorrow morning and when he came home in the afternoon, I would say to him, "Willie, can you read? Can you write? Can you spell? Do you understand all about algebra, geometry, Hebrew, Latin, and Greek?" "Why, papa," the little fellow would say, "how funny you talk; I have been all day trying to learn the ABC's!" Well, suppose I should reply, "If you have not finished your education, you need not go anymore." What would you say? Why, you would say I had gone mad. There would be just as much reason in that as in the way that people talk about the Bible. My friends, the men who have studied the Bible for 50 years—the wise men and the scholars, the great theologians—have never got down to the depths of it yet. There are truths there that the Church of God has been searching out the last 1800 years, but no man has fathomed the depths of that everliving stream. —D. L. Moody.

His Search Warrant

A Roman Catholic priest in Ireland reprimanded a peasant for reading the Bible. "But I have a search warrant to do so," replied the man. "What do you mean, sir?" said the priest in anger. "Why," answered the peasant, "Jesus said, `Search the scriptures,' and I am doing only what he tells me to do." The argument was unanswerable—The King's Business.

President Coolidge and the Book

A committee from the Pocket Testament League presented former President Coolidge, while he was in office, with a copy of the New Testament. Mr. Coolidge, in receiving the Testament, said: "In this little book will be found the solution to all the problems of the world." Although Mr. Coolidge was noted for being a man of few words, the above sentence could not be improved upon very much if volumes were written or sermons preached about the problems of our troubled world and the solution of them by the wisdom of men—Sunday School Times.

"What Time I Am Afraid, I Will Trust"

The Rev. Bishop Taylor Smith, D.D., when speaking at Keswick, told of the "stage fright" he had when for the first time he was asked to read a lesson in church. He said: "So great it was, that I retreated into the vestry as the service was proceeding, and kneeled down, and asked that I might be helped to read that lesson. And then I came back and read it, and the lesson was from the Epistle to the Romans: `There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.' A few weeks afterward, the vicar told me that the church-warden had been converted through the reading of that lesson! I realized the power of God's Word as never before, and I think I can say that I have never read a lesson in church from that day to this without first reading it over, and praying over it, and having confidence that God can bless His own Word."—Sunday School Times.

The Bible

Born in the East and clothed in Oriental form and imagery, the Bible walks the ways of all the world with familiar feet and enters land after land to find its own everywhere. It has learned to speak in hundreds of languages to the heart of man. It comes into the palace to tell the monarch that He is a servant of the Most High, and into the cottage to assure the peasant that He is the Son of God. Children listen to its stories with wonder and delight, and wise men ponder them as parables of life. It has a word for the time of peril, a word of comfort for the time of calamity, a word of light for the hour of darkness. Its oracles are repeated in the assembly of the people, and its counsels whispered in the ear of the lonely. The wicked and the proud tremble at its warnings, but to the wounded and penitent it has a mother's voice. The wilderness and the solitary place have been made glad by it, and the fire on the earth has lit the reading of its well-worn page. It has woven itself into our dearest dreams; so that love, friendship, sympathy and devotion, memory and hope put on the beautiful garments of its treasured speech, breathing of frankincense and myrrh. No man is poor or desolate who has this treasure for his own. When the landscape darkens and the trembling pilgrim comes to the valley named of the shadow, he is not afraid to enter; he takes the rod and staff of Scripture in his hand, he says to his friends and com­rade: "Good-bye, we shall meet again," and comforted by that support, he goes toward the lonely pass as one who walks through darkness into light. Henry Van Dyke.

The Bible A Restraining Power

Wherever God's law is supreme, life and property are safe. Wherever the Bible is despised or discarded, neither life nor property is secure. When infidel friends were discussing their theories around the dining table one day, Voltaire said: "Hush, gentlemen, till the servants are gone. If they believed as we do, none of our lives would be cafe."

The influence of the Bible in restraining sin and promoting righteousness is one of the evidences that it is a super­natural and divine revelation.—Otterbein Teacher.

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