Church Sermon Illustrations

Church Sermon Illustrations

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A ship sailing from the Orient brought a large number of caged birds. At about mid-ocean one restless bird escaped from his cage, and in an ecstasy of delight swept through the air, away and away from his prison. But after many hours he appeared again, struggling toward the ship with heavy wings, and panting and breathless, settled upon the deck. He had sought from over the boundless deep the ship again, now no longer a prison, but his dear home. So with the restless human heart that breaks away from the restraints of Christianity. If not lost on the remorseless deep he comes back again with panting heart to church, home, and God. The church is not a prison. It gives the most perfect freedom in all that is good and all that is safe.—Sunday School Times.

Must We Always Hold Up a Biscuit?

A sad-eyed seminarian, who is studying for the ministry, wrote the following after an experience with a certain church. "Behold! ... The club clubbeth together and they eat. The businessmen take counsel and they eat. The church bath a social and they eat. The young people elect officers and they eat. And even when the missionary society meeteth together they eat. But this latter is in good cause, because they `eat in remembrance' of the poor heathen who hath not to eat. Behold! Hath man's brains gone to his stomach and doth he no longer regard intellectual dainties that thou canst no longer call an assembly or get together even a `baker's dozen' except thou hold up the baker's dainties as a bait? Be it true, that the day cometh that to get a crowd at prayer meeting the preacher must hold up a biscuit? Yea, verily, thou hast heard of the child races of the world. But, behold, it is nigh thee, even at the door. For as one calleth unto the child and saith, `Come hither, sweet little one, and I will give thee a stick of candy,' even so must thou say to his grown-up papa and mamma, `Assemble ye together and we will serve refreshments.' And lo, they come like sheep into a pen. Selah."—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

Choose a Real Measure

It tickles me to see an old sinner come in and pull out an old lame and dwarfed member of the church, lay him down and measure by him, and say, "Look here, boys, I am as long, as broad, and as good as this member of the church!" Why don't you go and pick out one of those grand old Christians? Because you would look like a rat-terrier lying beside an elephant.—Sam P. Jones.

Why Go To Church?

The old story of the British chieftain is to the point here. The Romans had invaded Britain and the chiefs of the tribes were gathered in council. Each had a different plan, and each was determined to go his own way. At last an old chieftain arose. Picking up a bunch of fagots, he handed each man a stick. "Break them!" he directed. Each broke his stick with ease.

Then he took an equal number of sticks and tied them together into a bundle. "Now try to break them!" he told them. Not even the strongest man could do it. "That," he pointed out, "is the difference between working separately and working together as one!"

What has this to do with religion? Religion is derived from the Latin word "re" and "ligo," meaning—"To bind together." That is one purpose of the church—to bind people together in fellowship and service. Jesus prayed that we might be "one."

You want happiness, contentment, and spiritual blessings. You cannot have these alone. You get them only as you help those around you to win them, too! So why not join with your neighbors in praying as well as in working for them. It is a joy to labor together in a task which will be blessed of the Lord. Remember what the Master promised: "Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matt. 18:20).

Get the weight of a common aim, a common purpose, behind both your prayers and your work. Go to church!The Missionary Worker.

It Is Startling

A church statistician says that five per cent of all church members do not exist; ten per cent of them cannot be found; twenty-five per cent never go to church; fifty per cent never contribute a cent to the work of the church; seventy-five per cent never attend the mid­week prayer service; ninety per cent do not have family worship in their homes; and ninety-five per cent never try to win a lost soul to Christ. If the statement is true, it is startling.—The Watchman-Examiner.

What Makes the Difference

My gypsy tent, if Jesus be in it, is as grand as St. Paul's Cathedral, and St. Paul's Cathedral is nothing but a glorified quarry without Jesus! Christ makes the Temple.—Gypsy Smith.

The Mission of the Church

The mission of the Church is to save the souls of men. That is its true mission. It is the only mission of the Church. That should be its only thought. The minute that any church admits a singer that does not sing to save souls; the moment a church calls a pastor who does not preach to save souls; the moment a church elects a deacon who does not work to save souls; the moment the church gives a supper or an entertainment of any kind not for the purpose of saving souls, it ceases in so much to be a Church and to fulfill the magnificent mission God gave it. Every concert, every choir service, every preaching service, every Lord's Supper, every agency that is used in the church must have the great mission plainly before its eye. We are here to save souls of dying sinners. We are here for no other purpose, and the mission of the Church being so clear, that it is the only test of a real church.—Russell H. Con-well.

Always a Fresh Supply

Old John was a man of God and loved his village chapel. One day he was stopped by an acquaintance, who, by the way, was an ardent angler. "I say. John," said the angler, "I have often wondered what attraction there is up at the village chapel. You go week after week to the same old chapel, see the same folks, sing the same old hymns—" "Wait a minute," interrupted John. "You fish very often at the same spot, and in the same water, do you not?" "Yes, that's true," agreed the other. John smiled, and then exclaimed: "Well, you do not, for the water you fished in yesterday has passed on to the sea; and every time I go up to the chapel the Lord has something fresh for me."—Sunday School Times.

The early Church was distinguished by simplicity, purity and directness. She possessed little silver or gold; she attached little importance to external authority; her organization was but slender; her social prestige was negligible; but the Apostle Peter, himself made a bold warrior by the coming of the Holy Ghost, could say to a man who thought that gold was as good as God, 'Thy money perish with thee!' Whenever the early Church sounded the trumpet, the walls of some Jericho fell down.—Life of Faith

(Acts 2. 42, 47; 9. 31; 16. 5; Eph. 2. 22)

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