Confession Sermon Illustrations

Confession Sermon Illustrations

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Lacking Evidence

A boy said to his mother, "When I grow up I am going to be a Christian like Father. Nobody knows whether he is a Christian or not." That man was like the clock in a certain courthouse tower we used to see. It had no hands. It may have been working inside, but how were we to know it?—Presbyterian.

Ashamed of Jesus! that dear friend On whom my hopes of heaven depend! No; when I blush, be this my shame, That I no more revere His Name.Selected.

The Most Wicked Man

Once, when Alexander Whyte was addressing a small and poor audience, he astonished them by saying that he had found out the name of the most wicked man in Edinburgh and had come to tell them. Then, bending forward, he whis­pered, "His name is Alexander Whyte!" He looked down into his own heart and spoke, and his word was with power.—British Weekly.

The Parlor—Not The Kitchen

"Wife, I have been converted; let us put up the family altar." So cried an American lawyer as he came into his home.

"Husband," said she, as she sought to restrain him from the action, "there are three lawyers in the parlor—perhaps we had better go into the kitchen to have prayer."

"Wife," said he in response, "I never invited the Lord Jesus into my house before, and I shall not take Him into the kitchen."

So, going into the parlor, he at once announced to the three lawyers that he had received Christ Jesus the Lord, and then asked them to join with him in prayer.

That new convert who took Christ into his parlor became the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John McLean. He made a clear-cut confession of Christ as his Lord and lived to witness for Him.

The Lord Jesus encourages such, as He says, "Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in Heaven."

But He adds a warning word, "But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in Heaven" (Matt. 10:32, 33). Scattered Seed.

How We Knew

I recollect W. E. Blackstone, author of "Jesus Is. Coming" and who was converted at the age of eleven years, saying that he knew his conversion was real because he immediately went home and confessed to his mother that he had stolen a small sum of money from her pocket-bookSunday School Times.

I Am A Thief:

Some years ago I was conducting a meeting in Stockholm. There was a young lady who wept at every meeting. One night I asked her, "Are you a Christian?" "I profess to be," she said, "but—" "Is there something especially in your life that makes you unhappy?" "Yes," she said.

The young lady finally confessed. "I am a thief; I have stolen 5,000 crowns--3,000 in one place and 2,000 in another."

"There is only one way and that is to confess," I told her.

"But I cannot. It would kill my mother to know. I would have to go to prison and that would bring my mother to her death."

"I understand, but there is only one way. If you want me to help you, I will do whatever I can."

After a few minutes she surrendered. Later I went with her and met the man from whom she had stolen 3,000 crowns. I talked about the case and this big business man turned to her and said, "How much did you take?" "Three thousand crowns." The lady was weeping and the business man was thinking. I finally interrupted the silence and said, "You have her in your hands. You can send her to prison, but you can also forgive."

After a moment the man raised his head and said to the young woman, "You need grace now. Maybe I will need grace some other day. If you can get peace in your heart, I will forgive you."

Did I need to say to that girl, "Be happy now"? No, she was happy.

We went to the elderly lady from whom the girl had stolen 2,000 crowns. "I am going to call the police and put you in prison," she said.

"Stop," I said, "maybe you will need grace and forgiveness some day, too." I talked to her about Jesus, His love, His marvelous salvation, and that elderly lady started to weep. "I understand it," she said, "I belonged to the Salvation Army when I was young. I will forgive everything."

Did I need to say to this girl, "Be happy and full of joy"? She almost got too much of it. Her sins were forgiven.

It is wonderful to get forgiveness for sin from both man and God.Gospel Herald.

God of mercy, God of grace,
Hear our sad repentant songs;
O restore Thy suppliant race,
Thou to whom our praise belongs.

Deep regret for follies past,
Talents wasted, time misspent,
Hearts debased by worldly cares,
Thankless for the blessings lent.

These and every secret fault,
Filled with grief and shame, we own,
Humbled at Thy feet we lie,
Seeking pardon from Thy throne.—J. Taylor

There is an old story which tells of an Italian duke who went on board a galley ship. As he passed the crew of slaves he asked several of them what their offenses were. Every one laid the blame to someone else, saying his brother was to blame or the judge was bribed. One sturdy young fellow said: "My lord, I am justly in here. I wanted money and I stole it. No one is to blame but myself." The duke on hearing this seized him by the shoulder, saying, "You rogue! What are you doing here among so many honest men? Get you out of their company!" The young fellow was then set at liberty, while the rest were left to tug at the oars.—Spurgeon

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