Conversion Sermon Illustrations

Conversion Sermon Illustrations

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"Whomsoever a Fellow"

A messenger came to a Sunday school superintendent and said, "Hasten as quickly as you can, there is a boy wanting to see you. He is dying." The superintendent hurried to the place, and found a bright-looking lad who had been crushed by a cart. As he entered, the lad quickly said, "Didn't I hear you say the other Sunday that whomsoever a fellow comes to Jesus he would be saved?"

"Yes," replied the visitor, "I said something like that." "Well," said the boy, "then I'm saved. I have been a bad boy, but I've been thinking about that, and I have taken God at His Word, so I'm saved." After he had uttered these words, his strength seemed to fail, and not long after he passed away, his last words being, "Whomsoever a fellow comes to Jesus, He will in no wise cast out."

He did not quote the words exactly, but he had grasped the meaning of them, and believed them too (John 3:16; 6: 37).—I. F., in Sunlight for the Young.

Two Birthdays 100 Years Apart

An old lady now in her hundred and fourth year lives in a one-room cottage at Croydon. When she was a hundred years old she was visited by a city missioner who explained John 3:16 to her. "How wonderful," she said, "and how good the Lord has been in sparing me these hundred years that I might learn the way of life!" This conversion is described in a London City Mission Magazine and ends with these words: "Born 1825; born again 1925." Surely "the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation."Sunday School Times.

"I'd Open the Door"

A district visitor left a sheet almanac at a house. The central picture was a reproduction of Holman Hunt's picture "The Light of the World." Mother and son looked at it with wonder as it was placed in a prominent position on the wall of the home. The father came home for dinner and his attention was called to it by the boy. "Look, Daddy! Who is it?" The father looked at the picture, but gave no answer, though he knew. But the little fellow was not to be denied, and again came the question, "Who is it, Daddy? Tell me, Daddy." At last he blurted out, "A man, of course." "What man, Daddy? What is His name?" Compelled by the earnestness of the child, he said, "Christ." "But what is He doing, Daddy?" he asked. "Why, don't you see? He is knocking at a door," replied the father. "How long will He knock, Daddy?" came the further question. "I don't know," came the reply. Still the boy asked, "What is He knocking for?" to receive the answer, "Because He wants to go inside." "Why don't they open the door?" This question the boy repeatedly asked during the dinner, remarking, "I'd open the door. Wouldn't you, Daddy?" The father began to feel very uncomfortable, and left as soon as he could to get away from the questioning, which had aroused a tumult of thoughts in his mind and heart. Returning from work after the boy had gone to bed, he learned that even during tea the same questioning occurred. Both husband and wife confessed that the boy's questions had aroused feelings long crushed and silenced, but at last both knelt, confessed their sin of keeping the Lord outside of their hearts and lives, and received him as their Saviour.—Courtesy Moody Monthly

"All Was Changed"

There was a crippled woman in China, who was the greatest spiritual power in her province. As a child she was dropped by careless hands. For many years she was bad tempered, lashing with her sharp tongue against fate and her en­vironment. But when she became a child of God, all was changed. She became a teacher. When she was sent to her first school, there was a riot, because the people said this cripple would bring them bad luck. But when she was transferred to another school after several years, there was a greater riot, because they had never had such a teacher. No one in her city had led so many people to God.

And in the time of sorrow, God pities. Let us not forget that. I see people, ignorant people, who do not know that and I tell them this truth about God, and they are surprised. God is the God of all comfort.—The Gospel Herald.

True Conversion

There was in a certain village, a very mean man who sold wood to his neighbors, and who always took advantage of them by cutting his logs a few inches under the required four feet. One day the report was circulated that the wood­chopper had been converted. Nobody believed the report, for they all declared that he was beyond being reached. One man, however, slipped quietly out of the grocery store where the "conversion" was being discussed and soon came running back in excitement and shouted: "It's so! He has been!" They all asked: "How do you know?" "Why, I have been over and measured the wood that he cut yesterday. It is good four feet long!" That testimony convinced the crowd. This is, to be sure, a very homely incident, but it brings out the important truth that the person who accepts Christ must first of all become a new man—his new faith must make a difference in his life.—Rufus M. Jones

The Work of Grace

One of the most notoriously bad characters that ever lived in New York was Orville Gardner. He was the trainer of prize fighters and companion of all sorts of hard characters. His reputation was so thoroughly bad that he was called "Awful Gardner." He had a little boy, whom he dearly loved, and this boy died. A short time after his boy's death, he was standing in the bar of a New York saloon, surrounded by a number of his boon companions. The night was sweltering, and he stepped outside the saloon to get a little fresh air. As he stood out there and looked up between the high buildings at the sky above his head, a star was shining down upon him, and as he was looking at it, he said to himself, "I wonder where my little boy is tonight?" Then the thought came to him quick as a flash, "Wherever he is, you will never see him again unless you change your life."

Touched by the Spirit of God, he hurried from the saloon to the room where his godly mother was. He went in and asked his mother to pray for him. They spent the whole night in prayer and toward morning "Awful Gardner" had found peace and gained the victory. He was the victim of an overwhelming appetite for drink, and had in his house a jug of whiskey at the time. He did not dare to keep it and did not know what to do with it. Finally he took it down to the river, got into a boat and rowed over to an island. He set the liquor on a rock and knelt down, and as he afterward said, "Fought that jug of whiskey for a long time," and God gave him perfect deliverance. He did not dare to break it, lest the fumes set him wild. He did not dare to leave it, lest someone else get it. Finally he dug a hole and buried it. He left the island a free man. "Awful Gardiner" became a mighty preacher of the Gospel. He visited Sing Sing prison, and it was through listening to him preach that the young Irish convict, Jerry McAuley was set to thinking and praying, and resulted in his conversion, and eventually the founding of the Jerry McAuley Mission.—Illustrator.

In an address delivered at the centennial celebration of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, in 1884, Dr. William Speer told of a man, Luke Short, who died in New Englam at the age of 116. When over a century old, this man was converted by remembering a sermon which he had heard century before in England on the text "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema" (I Cor. 16:22). As we hear today the voices of century ago echoing within the walls of this church, let us pray that the messag they bring to us shall not be without profit and inspiration.

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