Faith Sermon Illustrations

Faith Sermon Illustrations

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Someone wrote following lines on the back of a £1 note:

This piece of paper in your hand
Declares to you that on demand
You twenty shillings will receive;
That simple promise you believe.
It puts your mind as much at rest
As if the silver you possessed.
So Christ Who died but now doth live
Doth unto you the promise give
That, if in Him you will believe,
You shall eternal life receive.
Upon the first you calmly rest.
Which is the safer? Which the best?
The Bank may fail: Heaven never can;
`Tis safer to trust God than man.

(John 3. 16; Rom. 4. 5).


Activities of Faith

Faith is deaf to doubts, dumb to discouragements, blind to impossibilities, knows nothing but success. Faith lifts its hand up through the threatening clouds, lays hold on Him Who has power in Heaven and on earth. Faith makes the uplook good, the outlook bright, the inlook favourable and the future glorious.

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees
And looks to God alone,
Laughs at impossibilities
And cries, 'It shall be done.'


Certainty of Faith

Faith is simple. If it were not so, we would be kept in life-long perplexity, trying to perform it or to practise it, as if it were some great thing. Faith is sure. It does not conjecture, or speculate, or think; it is sure as soon as it knows that what is heard is really true. Nothing can shake the certainty of faith, save what invalidates the foundation on which it rests. Faith rests on divine testimony. We do not reason out the matter, nor think it out; we believe because God hath spoken. We hear the words of His mouth, and we say, 'Amen I believe, whatever reason may say.'—Cheyne Brady

(Rom. 4. 20, 21).


Courage of Faith

Alexander the Great had a famous but poor philosopher in his court. Being pressed for money, the philosopher made application to his patron for relief. Alexander had commissioned him to draw whatever cash he needed from the Treasury, so the philosopher presented a request for a very large sum. The Treasurer refused to honor the draft until he consulted his royal master, adding that he thought the amount exorbitant. Alexander replied, 'Pay the money at once. The philosopher has done me a singular honor. By the largeness of his request he shows the idea he has conceived both of my wealth and my munificence.'

(Phil. 4. 19).


The Lord Jesus is here, and we have unlimited, unbounded faith in Him. That is the first thing touching the King: His unique power of drawing out faith in Himself. Where the agnostic and sceptic would fold their hands in despair, and curse Heaven for their miseries and troubles from which they saw no way of deliverance or escape, the man who knows Jesus Christ takes fresh courage of faith, and sets himself with steadfast perseverance, with indomitable courage, and with magnificent hopefulness, to raise the fallen and comfort the weak-hearted.—Preb. F. S. Webster

(Ps. 45. 1; Heb. 10. 22, 38)


Definition of Faith

'Trust' is the word used in the Old Testament: 'faith' is the equivalent in the New Testament. 'Belief' is the precursor of both. Belief has to do with the head, trust and faith with the heart.

John G. Paton was making a translation of the Scriptures into the language spoken in the country where he was a missionary, and searched long for a word for 'Faith'. The natives had no word for 'believe'. One day, while working on his translation, a native entered his room and, tired out, flung himself down on one chair, resting his feet on another chair and remarking how good it was to 'lean his whole weight' on the chairs. Dr. Paton noted the word he had used for 'lean his whole weight'. He had his word for 'believe'.

(Acts 16. 31; Rom. 10. 9, 10)


Do we need to define 'faith' to ourselves over again? Has not every use of the word by the Lord Himself in the Gospels long ago assured us that it means just personal reliance, personal entrust­ment? It is the open arms which in their emptiness embrace Christ, the open lips which receive Him as the Bread of the soul, the life, the all. As in justification, so in this its glorious sequel, our part is to take the promise as it stands, to take the thing in the envelope of promise, and to act upon its holy presence and reality.—H. C. G. Monte, D.D.

(Rom. 4. 21; Heb. 11. 1, 11).


Essence of Faith

In order to clarify what faith involved, C. H. Spurgeon used to employ this illustration. Suppose there is a fire on the third floor of a house, and a child is trapped in a room there. A huge, strong man stands on the ground beneath the window where the child's face appears, and he calls `Jump! Drop into my arms.' It is a part of faith,' Spurgeon would say, `to know that there is a man there; still another part of faith to believe him to be a strong man; but the essence of faith lies in trusting him fully and dropping into his arms.' Thus it is with the sinner and Christ.

(Is. 59. 16; Matt. 1. 21; Acts 16. 30, 31).


The missionary's son, nearly five years of age, had been born and brought up in India, and had seen no near relatives except his parents. One day he said to his mother, 'I love my grandpa.' How can that be, my son?' replied his mother, 'You have never seen him and how can you love him?' `But,' said the child, 'doesn't he send us letters, and doesn't he send presents for my birthday and at Christmas, and aren't we going on the big steamship soon to see him?'

`Whom, having not seen, we love; in Whom, though now we see Him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.'

(Heb. 11. 1; 1 Pet. 1. 8)

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