Conversion Sermon Illustrations

Conversion Sermon Illustrations

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Two Drunkards

Two drunkards were converted. The one said the inclination of drink was taken completely from him. He could do business in a bar room and not desire a drink. The other converted drunkard said, "Not a day has passed since my conversion that I have not wanted a drink; but God has kept me from yielding." God deals differently with his children. In one case He may remove the temptation, in another he may leave the temptation, and give grace to overcome it. Where there is daily trusting Christ to keep you out of sin, there is daily victory, no matter what your particular besetting sin may be.—The Gospel Herald.


Sometimes it all comes back to me,
When I saw Christ on Calvary;
'Twas then my sins were washed away,
Oh, what a blessed happy day;
I came believing to the Lord,
I came, accepting His blest Word;
It told how Christ had died for me,
It was a joy to me.

Sometimes I backward look, to see
The time I came His own to be;
His own, for all I then did lay
Upon His altar, happy day:
He then, was Jesus Christ, my Lord
To be, to go, e'en at His Word;
It was a blest surrender hour,
With joy I felt new power.

Sometimes in mem'ry I renew,
The blest in filling that I knew;
The Spirit did my life invey,
That was a wondrous day;
Since then a holy walk I know,
The Spirit makes His fruit to grow,
He leads me ever on, along,
In constant joy and song.—R. E. Neighbour, D.D.

My First Convert

How my heart leaped for joy when I heard the tidings of my first convert! I could never be satisfied with a full congregation, and the kind expressions of friends; I longed to hear that hearts had been broken, that tears had been seen streaming from the eyes of penitents. How I did rejoice, as one that findeth great spoil, over one poor laborer's wife who confessed that she felt the guilt of sin, and had found the Saviour under my discourse one Sunday afternoon! . . . I remember well her being received into the church and her dying, and going Home. She was the first seal to my ministry and, I can assure you, a very precious one indeed. No mother was ever more full of happiness at the sight of her first-born son. Then could I have sung the song of the virgin, Mary, for my soul did magnify the Lord for remembering my low estate, and giving me the great honor to do a work for which all generations should call me blessed, for so I counted the conversion of one soul.—Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Expecting Conversions

A young preacher went to Spurgeon to ask why he did not have conversions in his ministry.

"You do not expect to make converts after every sermon, do you?" Spurgeon asked.

The young preacher replied, "Oh, no, of course, I do not expect them after every sermon!"

"That is just the reason why you do not get them after any sermon," was Spurgeon's answer. — The Missionary Worker.

A Good Ending to Any Story

A writer tells of a little person of some three years who was insatiably fond of stories. When there was no one to tell them to her, she made them up herself. The invariable ending of these stories was, "And him went home to him's muvver." Bears, lions, tigers, even elephants and crocodiles passed through the most agitating and unusual adventures, but in the end they all went home to their mother. That was an astonishing bit of wisdom to be evolved by a person of three. The greatest philosophy of life has long since been stated, "When he came to himself, he said, .. . I will arise and go to my father."—The Sunday at Home.

How to Keep the Golden Rule

One evening the chief of the Delaware Indians was sitting by a fireside with a friend. Both were silently looking into the fire. At last his friend broke the silence by saying: "I have been thinking of a rule, delivered by the author of the Christian religion which we call the Golden Rule." "Stop," said the chief. "Don't praise it. Tell me what it is, and let me think for myself." He was informed that the rule was for one man to do to others as he would have others do to him. "That is impossible; it cannot be done," hastily replied the Indian. Silence followed. In about fifteen minutes the Indian said: "Brother, I have been thoughtful of what you told me. If the
Great Spirit who made men would give him a new heart, he could do as you say, but not else."—The Expositor.

Not Necessarily Respectability

Would the heart of a hopeless drunkard, gambler, thief, forger, and "bum" be regarded as "good ground"? Samue] Hopkins Hadley was all that these words describe when he went to Jerry McAuley's Mission one night. Jerry put his hand on Hadley's head and said, "Brother, pray." "I can't pray," replied Hadley. "Won't you pray for me?" "All the prayers in the word won't save you unless you pray for yourself," said Jerry. Then, with a breaking heart, Hadley said, "Dear Jesus, can You help me?" From that moment until the day of his death Mr. Hadley declared he had never wanted a drink of whiskey. "That night," he said, "right on the corner of Broadway and 32nd Street, I was ordained to preach the everlasting Gospel." The seed in his case brought forth such fruit that one who knew him declared him to have been the "greatest American of his time—not measured in money and fame, but in love and likeness to Christ." "Good ground" does not necessarily refer to respectability. —Home Department (Baptist).

Real Conversion

There are people who say that Paul's conversion was epilepsy. Well, before the epilepsy he was a blasphemer; after the epilepsy he began to pray, and from that time forward he became a saint and a missionary and a noble warrior. Then fly abroad, thou mighty epilepsy!—Dr. Joseph Parker.

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