Church Sermon Illustrations

Church Sermon Illustrations

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Glorious Church

The kingdoms of this world are only the scaffolding God uses for the building of His Church. When the building is completed, the scaffolding will be removed. It is necessary in the work of construction, but not all-important or permanent.

Dr. Culyer saw Cologne Cathedral in process of construction. The picture was disfigured by scaffolding. When he saw it again, completed, years later, it was the most magnificent view, he said, from the Alps to the sea.

View the vast building: see it rise,
The work how great, the plan how wise!
O wondrous fabric! Power unknown
That rests it on the Living Stone.

(Matt. 16. 18; Eph. 2. 19-22; Rev. 21. 10, 11)


Church Militant

Albert Enstein, the famous scientist, said:

`Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it. But no! they immediately were silenced. Then I turned to the great editors who in days gone by proclaimed their love of freedom, but they too were silenced in a few weeks. Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for the suppression of truth. What I once despised—the Church—I now praise unreservedly.'

(Matt. 16. 18; Eph. 6. 13)


Church: Rich and increased in goods

Two church dignitaries were viewing a costly and ornate Cathedral. One said to the other, `The day is gone when the church can say, as Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none".' 'Yes!' replied the other, 'and the day is gone when the church can say, as Peter said, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk". The poverty has gone, and also the power.'

(Acts 3. 6; Rev. 3. 18, 19)


Church Attendance—What My Absence Did

It made some question the reality of Christianity.
It made some think that I was a pretender.
It made many regard my spiritual welfare and that of others as a matter of small concern.

It weakened the effect of the church service.
It made it more difficult for the preacher to preach.
It discouraged the brethren, and therefore robbed them of a blessing.
It caused others to stay away from church.
It made it harder for me to meet the temptations of the Devil.
It gave the Devil more power over lost souls.
It encouraged the habit of non-church going.—Selected


A Church is none the better for its outward unity, if it have no inward life, and no beauty of holiness. "A living dog is better than a dead lion." A living tree, even though it shows about it some unnatural offshoots and some crooked growths, yet if its branches bear some pleasant fruit, is far better than a tree of stately form and formal stateliness, whose heart is decayed and withered.—Hall


I love thy Church, O God!
Her walls before Thee stand
Dear as the apple of Thine eye,
And graven on Thy hand.—Timothy Dwight


Going to church is somewhat like going shopping; you generally get what you go for: no more, no less. A woman will go into a store writh thousands of dollars worth of merchandise around her, buy a paper of pins, and walk out. That is all she came for. I have seen men go into a church service, gather up an expression of the preacher to criticize and condemn, and go home. What do you seek when you go to church?—Jones(adapted)


Lost in the Church

"If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost" (II Cor. 4:3).

In an English village a Sunday school entertainment was being held in a small church. The place was crowded and in darkness as a stereopticon exhibition was being given. A knock at the door summoned an usher, who made his way to the front and announced, "Little Mary Jones is lost. Her family and the town officers have been searching everywhere for her. If anyone has seen her or knows of her whereabouts, will he please go to the door and communicate with the friend who is inquiring." No one moved and the lecturer went on with his address and pictures.

At the close, when the lights were turned on, a lady noticed Mary sitting on a front seat. Going over to her, she said, "Why, Mary, didn't you hear them inquiring for you? Why did you not let them know you were here?"

Surprised, the child asked, "Did they mean me? They said Mary Jones was lost. I am not lost. I knew where I was all the time; I thought it was some other Mary Jones."

She was lost in the church and did not know it. How many others are like her. They have a name that they live, but are dead. Though members of some local church, they have never seen their need of Christ, nor have they believed the message of the gospel.


The young members of the family had been taught to be punctilious in contributing to the collection at church. One Sunday morning, when the boxes were being passed, James, aged six, ran his eye over those in the pew, and noticed that a guest of his sister had no coin in her hand. "Where is your money?" he whispered. She answered that she hadn't any. But James was equal to the emergency:

"Here, take mine," he directed. "That'll pay for you. I'll get under the seat."

Which he did.


The old negro attended a service in the Episcopal Church for the first time in his life. Someone asked him afterward how he had enjoyed the experience.

"Not much, shohly not much," he declared, shaking his head. "Dat ain't no church for me. No' suh! Dey wastes too much time readin' the minutes ob the previous meetin'."

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