Church Sermon Illustrations

Church Sermon Illustrations

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Through the Tower Windows

A dignitary of the Church of England tells how once in the city of York he groped his way through a dense fog to the famous old cathedral. So murky was it that it was with difficulty he found the door. But upon pushing the door open he saw in the nave at the crossing of the transcript a circle of bright sunlight. For a moment he marveled as at a miracle. Then he understood that the tower above the light rose higher than the level of the fog outside, and there the sun shone and poured its glorious light through the tower win­dows into the church. Though it was no miracle, it was a mighty parable. For that is the very core and essence of a church's business, that it shall be a place that aspires to Heaven, rising far above the mist and the murk of the common day, that it may bring Heaven's light into a darkened world. —New Outlook.

"Not Divided We?"

It is a classical anecdote — the story of Dr. William Adams' remark at a meeting of the Pan-Presbyterian Alliance, where he saw present representatives from the Established Presbyterians, the Covenanter Presbyterians, the Seceder Presbyterians, the Cameronian Presbyterians, the Erskine Presbyterians, Associate Presbyterians, Reformed Presbyterians, United Presbyterians, and so on. Said Dr. Adams, "We have here the E.P's, the F.P's, the C.P's, the S.P's, the A. P's, the R. P's, the C. P's, the E. P's, the U.P's, and last of all the Split P's." The audience roared at the "Split P's," but on sober thought they must have grieved. Methodist, Baptists, Lutherans, and so on — all are intricately subdivided, until Protestantism itself has become a dish of split P's. There are more than one hundred different Christian denominations in the United States alone.—Sunday School Times.

"I Went To Church This Morning"

A Lieutenant writes his mother as follows:

"I went to church this morning. Church out here is a privilege so rare I shall never forget it. There were only about 35 present, but it wasn't the numbers. Our altar was a stand over which draped a cloth deep red... The platform was covered with a white cloth... We had a small organ about three feet nigh, a small hymnal and a service pamphlet which I am sending you in this letter. Behind the altar a canvass screen was set up. We were seated on the sand with no overhead shelter. I felt the presence of Almighty God like I never have before. I think partially because I felt so much in need of an assuring hand. I could not keep the tears from my eyes, and Mom, I could feel myself being cleansed of all impurities. In the Bible it speaks of washing away our sins. It was never so plain as today. If I can only stand by faith as He has by me, I shall never be afraid. You and Dad will never know what blessings you brought on us by bringing us up in the House of the Lord."Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Washington.

Einstein's Confession

The magazine Your Faith quotes Einstein as follows: "Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks. Then I looked to the individual writers who as literary guides of Germany had written much and often concerning the place of freedom in modern life; but they, too, were mute. Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any great interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration, because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly." Professor Einstein is an outstanding example of an otherwise intelligent person despising a worthwhile thing... The prophet Isaiah gives prophetically the language which the remnant of Israel will use when the manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory occurs to establish his kingdom. Among other things they will say, "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not" (Isa. 53:3). Now.

Make Much of the Church

We believe the Spirit of God makes much of the local church during this age. Of course, salvation doesn't come by way of church membership, but there are a lot of good things which do come.

One unfortunate trend today is the drift of some real believers toward non-church membership and only intermittent attendance. There are too many fundamentalists who live on Bible conferences, or the messages of itinerant preachers or teachers. Some of them feel they have been driven to this by the Modernism of some pulpits, or by the Biblical ignorance of some preachers.

But it still remains that as far as organization goes the church is the one God-appointed organization of all of this age. You may have to change to another church, but we believe you should be in one and at work in it.

Some of us have lived long enough to see other organizations arise and attract a great deal of attention. We could mention the high days of Christian Endeavor and of the Baraca-Philathea movement, etc., and while all the leaders said they recognized the supplementary character of those organizations, many people made them substitutes for the church.

There is no substitute for the local church or assembly. Organizations, movements, and methods come and go, but the church outlives and outlasts them all.

As we look around and see the many new movements astir in orthodoxy—laymen's movements, workers with children, etc., we say, stick to the church. As far as you can, tie everything to the church, for the church is the only continuing corporate witness.—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

The Power of the Spire

Years ago Captain Cook was cruising among the South Sea Islands. Anchoring near an island he permitted his men to go ashore. Suddenly the natives rushed down upon them, and before they could regain their boats, one of the number had been captured. Being unarmed, the men were compelled to sit in their boats helpless, while those natives killed and ate their comrade before their eyes. Twenty years later Cook was again cruising in this same part of the sea when he was overtaken by a storm and his vessel wrecked. For days they drifted upon the waves until they were driven upon this same shore. When Cook recognized the same island where his comrade had been eaten twenty years before, he urged his men to use all their strength to keep the boat out to the sea, but in spite of all their efforts, they were driven upon the rocks. Crouching for fear in the foliage and keeping a sharp watch for the savages, they sent one of the men up to the top of a little hill to spy out the land. Cautiously he went forward until he reached the top and looked over. Down there in the valley, amid a clump of trees, he saw the white finger of a spire. With great joy, he turned and began waving his arms and shouting to his companions: "Come on, come on; it's all right; there's a church over here?'—Gospel Humanizing.

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