Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Helen Keller and Bible

The American Bible Society sent to Miss Helen Keller a copy of the new Braille Bible in twenty volumes. In acknowledgment she said: "I sat beside them, caressing them with loving pride. For forty years I have loved the Word of God. I feel the blessed pages under my hand with special thankfulness as a rod and a staff to keep firm my steps through the valley of the shadow of depression and world calamity. Truly the Bible—the teaching of our Saviour—is the only way out of the dark. If the wealth of things which we have possessed in abundance has not knocked on our selfish hearts and opened them to the central message of Jesus, `Love ye one another,' perhaps these days of widespread suffering will be the pointed instrument that will `stab (our) spirit broad awake."'—The Christian Advocate

Lightning Bugs and the Sun

I would rather trust a bunch of blind men to take a few old lanterns and a string of lightning bugs some day at high noon and go out to examine the noonday sun and analyze it by the power of the lanterns and the lighting bugs, than to trust Modernism advocates to take their own light and examine and analyze the Sun of Righteousness and the Word that reveals Him.—A newspaper editor. — Sunday School Times.

And It Does Just This!

A commercial traveler, who was also a Gideon, and who made a practice of reading his pocket Bible while on his railroad trips, was asked by an unbelieving fellow traveler why he spent so much time reading a book which everybody criticized so much these days. "My main object," replied the Gideon drummer, "is not to criticize the Bible, but to let it criticize me."—Selected.

The Persistent Little Book

A Christian worker in Arizona tells of a fierce-looking cowboy who came to him asking for copies of Mark's Gospel, and who told him this story: "I went to San Francisco and threw away much money in rough revelry. I slept late after a night of dissipation. When I awoke I saw a little book on the table near my bed: the Gospel of Mark. I angrily threw it on the floor. I did the same thing the second morning. Awakening the third morning, I saw that same little book. This time I took it with me to a near-by park and began to examine it. I spent the day reading it. I heard the Son of God say to a leper, `Be thou clean.' I heard him say to a paralytic, `Thy sins be forgiven thee.' I heard him commend the widow for her mite. I saw him take little children in his arms and bless them. I heard him say, 'Couldst thou not watch one hour?' I saw him die. It broke my heart and changed my life. I am a different man. Now, stranger, I spend much time giving away copies of the Gospel of Mark.—Winona Echoes.

The Inscription in Every Bible

After a little girl had prayed about what gift would be best for her father's birthday, she felt led to buy a Bible. She wondered what to write on the fly­leaf. "From Maggie" seemed too cold. "From your little daughter" would not do, either, for her father had said she was getting to be a big girl. Would "From one who loves you" do? Scarcely, for quite a lot of others loved him, too. Finally she went to her father's library. She found that one of the books had this on the flyleaf—"From the Author." Later, when her father opened his gift, and saw "From the Author," he realized that he was not acquainted with the Author of the Bible. He began to study his Bible, was converted, and became a preacher. In telling the story of his conversion, he often held up the little Bible, and told about the inscription, "From the Author." Let us then accept it, read it, believe it, confess it, and tell to others that it is a love gift for them "From the Author."Shortened, from "Golden Sheaves."

Without the Bible

A certain man dreamed that he went to consult his Bible and found every page blank. In amazement he rushed to his neighbor's house, aroused him from sleep, and asked to see his Bible; but they found it also blank. In great consternation they sought other Bibles, with the same result. Then they said, "We will go to the libraries and gather the quotations from books, and remake our Bible." But when they examined all the books, they found blank spaces where any Scripture quotations had been. When the man awoke, his brow was cold, yet covered with perspiration, so great had been his agony during the dream. Oh, how dark this world would be without the Bible!—From the King's Business

The Sword

Ralph C. Norton, who was the Director of Personal Work for the Chapman-Alexander Missions and Director of the Belgian Gospel Mission, was talking with some friends about the supreme work of winning men one by one, in which God has used him so wonderfully. When they noticed the almost exclusive place he gave to the Bible in personal work, one asked him: "What do you do Mr. Norton, in cases where the unsaved man does not accept the Bible as having any authority?" "Well, if I had a fine Damascus sword with a keen double-edged blade I would not sheath it in a fight just because the other man said he did not believe it would cut."—Sun-day School Times.

Into All the World

At the annual meeting of the Bible Society, the late Dan Crawford said: "We have a Bantu proverb that says, `You can count the number of apples on a tree, but you cannot count the number of trees in one apple.' I was working away at a difficult translation, and the Devil came to me and said, `Drop it; it is not translatable.' I thought a while, then went back to it, and my Bible opened at Daniel 7:14, `And there was given him . . . that all . . . languages, should serve him.' We have 440 translations. That is not enough. I went on, and succeeded." Men of every language and tribe "shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God" (Luke 13:291.—Sunday School Times.

The Bible

A noted orator asked Dickens for the most pathetic story in literature, and he said it was that of the Prodigal Son. Mr. Coleridge was asked for the richest passage in literature, and he said it was the first sixteen verses of the fifth chapter of Matthew. Another asked Daniel Webster for the greatest legal digest, and he replied that it was the Sermon on the Mount. No one has equaled Moses for law, nor David for poetry, nor Isaiah for vision, nor Jesus for ethics, nor Peter for holy zeal, nor Apollos for fiery oratory, nor Paul for logic, nor John's statements of sanctified love. What a ridiculous statement that to study the Bible "marks a step backward in education !" God's Word is the very greatest of all the books, and its Author the very greatest of all teachers. We do well to stay close to its pages. It is THE BOOK.—Selected.

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