Church Sermon Illustrations

Church Sermon Illustrations

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When Men Are Impotent

In Port Barrios on the Caribbean coast, our little congregation of believers, the only evangelical group in the town, was much harassed by opposers who finally designated a certain Sunday when, as their leader boasted, they would completely demolish the work. Many believers were praying to God in behalf of this little church which had been established under such adverse conditions. A few days after the Sunday designated a letter from one of the believers came to our mission headquarters saying, "The leader of the opposers died on Saturday night, they are scattered, and the work of God goes on." In the following years "much people was added to the Lord."—W. R. Adell, Los Angeles, Cal.

Hard to Pull Down

One of the Red Republicans of 1793 told a good French peasant, "We are going to pull down your churches and your steeples—all that recalls past ages, and all that brings to your mind the idea of God." "Citizen," replied the peasant, "pull down the stars, then." The Church is built upon a strong foundation—upon Christ Himself.—The King's Business.

Not Spiritual Pygmies

The Congo Mission News speaks of Mr. Lass' work among the pygmies near Maitulu. These little people have built a chapel for Christian worship, and two hundred of them gather on Sundays. The building is tiny, and a white man is likely to collide with a crossbeam, fastened as high as little arms could reach. But to this people it is a building of cathedral proportions, the biggest structural venture of their lives. Six of these pygmies have given their hearts to Christ, and it is expected that they will constitute a nucleus of an evangelistic band.—Sunday School Times.

Washington and the Lord's Day

George Washington's pastor said of him: "No company ever kept him away from church. I have often been at Mount Vernon on the Sabbath morning when his breakfast table was filled with guests. But to him they furnished no pretext for neglecting God and losing the satisfaction of setting a good example. For instead of staying at home out of fancied courtesy to them, he constantly used to invite them to accompany him."—Otterbein Teacher.

"In Church Where You Ought To Be"

Hoffman, the famous German chemist once related an experience he had. In 1890 he visited Glasgow, arriving in town late Saturday night. The following morning he went to call on Sir William Thompson, afterward Lord Kelvin. The doorbell was answered by a maid, of whom Hoffman asked if Sir William were at home. "Sir, he most certainly is not." "Could you tell me where I might find him?" "You will find him in church, sir," was the reply, "where you ought to be."—Sunday School Chronicle.

For Safer Driving

Several summers ago the "Socony­Vacuum Tours and Detours" put it aptly: Motorist's Suggestion for Safer Driving — Much of the charm of New England lies in the village churches, whose white spires shine on the distant hilltops and rise from every village green. But if you would really penetrate one of the secrets of the region, make it your practice to pause, at half-past ten or eleven o'clock on a Sunday morning, at one of these churches, and spend an hour with the worshiping congregation. The service will be simple, perhaps bare, but the chances are that you will come out again a soul refreshed, a more courteous—and a safer—driver in Sunday traffic. —Zion's Herald.

What They Saw in Church

Do you see the Lord in church? The minister announces his text for the morning message. Suddenly a door is opened in the rear of the auditorium with a noisy bang and grating sound. The farmer has brought his plow to church. He sits there in deep thought, studying the plow through the remainder of the service. Another door opens. A woman has brought her sewing machine to church! She studies her sewing machine while the pastor preaches. The interruptions continue. A man is heard nailing a tin roof. Another is mending shoes. Another, underneath the balcony, seems to be back in his everyday clothes working on a damaged automobile. A young woman sits in the choir punching a typewriter. Another bends over a washing machine. That afternoon the farmer said to his wife who had a big wash to do on the morrow, "I didn't get anything out of that sermon this morning, did you?" His wife answered, "No, I didn't." Whose fault was it?Courtesy Moody Monthly.

The Blunt Truth

A man once came to Spurgeon and asked that great preacher if his church was a pure church.

He said that he was looking for a pure church that he might belong to it.

Spurgeon said that he did not know about his own church. He did know that there were many good people in it; saintly people and truly Christian people; but there might possibly be a Judas among them, as there was in the company of Jesus' first Apostles; and there might be some deceivers and idolators and those who walk unruly, as there seemed to have been in the churches of Rome and Corinth and Galatia and Ephesus and Colosse and Philippi and Thessalonica, and all the others to which the New Testament Epistles were written.

On the whole he thought that his church was not the one his brother was looking for. Indeed, he did not know that there had been such a church in all history.

"But," said Spurgeon, "if you should happen to find such a church, I beg of you not to join it, for you would spoil the whole thing."—The Christian Observer.

The Church in Europe

They say now, "All that we have experienced becomes somewhat clearer. Earlier we did not know what it meant and why we had to suffer like this. Now it seems to be clearer that God is using this catastrophe to revive His Church."

These people and these churches are now filled with a sense of joy and exhilaration that even the horrors of the concentration camps cannot overcome, and those who suffered most have been deepened and strengthened in their spiritual life. The Church has become the conscience of the nation, frankly out­spoken in its condemnation of wrong; and we now have a rich harvest of statements and declarations by the churches concerning the bases and criteria of social and national and international order. For a long time the Church had not done that. Its silence has been one of the causes of the present disorder. But now in Europe the churches have discovered that they have a message to proclaim to states and nations.—Bible Society Record.

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