Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Lesson from a Book Worm

At one time when Mr. Spurgeon, the great evangelist, was in Scotland he came across a very old and much-worn Bible. As he held it reverently in his hand, turning it this way and that, he observed a small hole where a worm had eaten its way from cover to cover. "Lord, make me a book worm like that," the preacher exclaimed. "From Genesis to Revelation it has gone clear through the Bible."—"Our Boys and Girls."

The Living Word

We get life into us by the Word, we keep life in us by the Word: "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy Word." We are kept from sin by the Word: "Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee." And we conquer sin also by the Word: "They overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony." We keep ourselves separate from the world by the Word: "Ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the Word of Life." And we repulse Satan by the Word: "It is written." We are judged by the Word, condemned by the Word, commended by the Word. "The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge [you] in the last day."—Charles A. Fox.

The Greatest

Book even written (II Tim. 3:16, 17)
Teacher of Bible ever known (John 14:26)
Answer regarding eternal life (Luke 2:49)
Change within the power of God (John 1:12, 13)
Evidence of a true Christian II Cor. 5:17)
Gu}de to a spiritual condition (II Tim. 2:15).
Description of Christ our Lord (Rev. 1:13-17)
Understanding and object (I John 5:20)
Parable fully explained and why (Luke 8:9-15)
Power in any life today for good (Rom. 1:16)
Question to be decided by all (Acts 16:30, 31)
Mystery in the entire Bible (I Tim. 3:13)
Gift to every true believer (Rom. 6:23)
Weapon ever used for peace (Heb. 4:12)
Reward given to all for obedience (John 5:14)
Sacrifice attainable in life (Gal. 2:20)
The only sacrifice asked of believers (Rom. 12:1)
Desire of Paul's whole life (Phil. 3:10, 11)
Rule relating to all mankind (Matt. 7:12)
Assurance for true believers, I John 5:13)
Condition to insure continual happiness (Luke 10:20)Church of Christ Advocate

Continual Preaching

At the tender age of eleven years, Dr. Kelly said, "I began the lifelong habit of carrying a New Testament, or some portion of Scripture, in my pocket." He constantly gives out portions of the New Testament, saying, "Here's my card." With the nurses of the Kelly Hospital for three mornings of the week, at seven o'clock when the night nurses are leaving duty and the other nurses are coming on duty, he meets for Bible reading and prayer. On three other mornings of the week he meets the servants of his home for Bible reading and prayer. On every morning of the week he meets with the members of his family for the same holy purpose.—Christian Herald

Why Mrs. Bottome Was So Confident

At a large dinner given in New York, Mrs. Margaret Bottome, for a long time head of the King's Daughters' Circle, sat beside a German professor of science. In the course of conversation, Mrs. Bottome said, quite naturally for her:

"The Bible says so and so."

"The Bible?" remarked the professor. "You don't believe the Bible!"

"Yes, indeed I believe it," was the quick reply.

"Why, I didn't suppose that any intelligent person today believed the Bible!"

"Oh, yes," Mrs. Bottome said assuringly, "I believe it all. You see, I know the Author!"—Morning Star

Just Thanking God

Lente, an Indian storekeeper of Isleta, told the missionary that he had read nearly all of the New Testament which he had given him. "I read all the time I have to spare," he added. "Ah, Lente," his white partner interrupted, "don't try to make the missionary believe you are so interested. I watch you over there in the corner. You have the book open, but you go to sleep over it ." "No, I am not asleep. You do not understand. You see, all my life I wondered why we did not have any of the words that Jesus spoke when He was here on earth; why someone did not write them down so we could know just what He said. But I never knew that they had been written down until Brother Burnett came. He gave me a little book.... I thought it could not be of much importance. But when I came to read it, I found these words, `Jesus said.'—On and on I read, and every time I came to those words, `Jesus said,' my heart was so happy I could hardly bear it. I had found what I had been longing for all my life—the words that Jesus spoke while on earth.... When I come to these words, I cannot go on. I must stop and close my eyes and pray. I must thank God that the words that Jesus said came to me before I died." Turning to his partner, he said: "No, you do not understand. I am not asleep. I am thanking God that I have in my hand to read for myself the words that Jesus said."—From "The Word of Their Testimony," by Una Roberts Lawrence, Home Mission Board, S. B. C.

The Treasure in the Scriptures

There is something intriguing about a treasure hunt. . . . The thought of finding real pirate gold is enough to whip any man into a frenzy. In a Massachusetts bay two fishermen discovered two buccaneer hulls and touched off a spirited hunt. The hulls are thought to have belonged to the pirates Edward Lowe or Samuel Bellamy, who preyed on shipping between 1719-1730. There was also the discovery of a casket. Investigation disclosed that an English merchantman was lost with five million English dollars for the pay of the Hessian mercenaries in America. Then, too, there was the ship that went down some eighty years ago with a half million dollars in tin. Weeks of searching have brought no gold or tin, but the hunt goes on in hope. The Bible has been a source of treasure to man for centuries. Within its pages are truths dearer than gold and more precious than fine jewels. The treasure in God's Word is at hand for anyone who will seek; the source is never expended. Frequently, in reading a familiar passage we come to a truth which catches us up short; we say to ourselves, "I never knew that was there before." The real coin of living is to be found within the Bible. "The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver" (Psa. 119: 72).—From Essex

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