Faith Sermon Illustrations

Faith Sermon Illustrations

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Meaning of Faith

Dr. Chalmers went to see a Scottish woman in her time of trouble about her sin. She was trying to 'get faith'. On his way to her house he had to cross a stream over which there was a thin plank. Looking out of her window, she saw he was afraid to venture across on it, and, coming out, she called to him, `Jist lippen to it.' That was her way of advising him just to trust himself to the plank.

Then he spoke to her about the way of salvation and used the illustration and her own words to explain to her how to trust the Savior.

(Eph. 1. 12, 13; 3. 17; 1 John 5. 1)


Obedience of Faith

Faith looks straight to the command in order to obey it, and takes the promise for her support. She pushes on her way, regardless of dangers.

Moses must go forward, though the next step lead the people into the sea. Whatever appear­ances may say to us, it is by advancing in the narrow way of obedience that we prove the truth of the promises, and the faithfulness, wisdom and power of our promise-keeping God.—R. C. Chapman

Abraham's Call—Faith in the Promise 'I will bless thee'. Obedience to the command 'Get thee out'.

Christ's Call to the sinner—Faith in the promise—‘I will give you rest'. Obedience to the command 'Come unto me'.

Christ Call to follow—Faith in the promise—'I will make you fishers of men'. Obedience to the command 'Follow me'.

(Rom. 1. 5; 16. 26; Heb. 11. 6, 8)


Power of Faith

Faith sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, touches the intangible. All seen comes out of the unseen and returns thither. Into this realm comes faith, and it is at home. It knows God. It endures martyrdom since it sees Him Who is invisible.

(Heb. 11. 1, 27, 35-37)


Fight of Faith.
If life is always a warfare
Between the right and the wrong,
And good is fighting with evil,
For ages and aeons long—

Fighting with eager cohorts,
With banners pierced and torn;
Shining with sudden splendor,
Wet with the dew of morn;

If all the forces of heaven
And all the forces of sin
Are met in the infinite struggle,
The souls of the world to win—

If God's in the awful battle
Where the darkling legions ride,
Hasten to sword and to saddle;
Lord! let me fight on Thy side.

(2 Chron. 20. 15; Eph. 6. 12, 13; 1 Tim. 6. 12; 2 Tim. 4. 7)


Many a Christian creeps tremblingly out upon God's promises where another, stronger in faith, goes singing through life up­held by the same Word.—The Ministry


What marrow is to the support and strength of the bones, and the bones to the support and strength of the body, that faith in God is to the support, strength, energy and salvation of the Christian.—Clarke


Faith is a grasping of Almighty power;
The hand of man laid on the arm of God;
The grand and blessed hour
In which the things impossible to me
Become the possible, O Lord, through thee.—Selected


Faith, like an unsuspecting child
Serenely resting on its mother's arm,
Reposing every care upon her God,
Sleeps on His bosom, and expects no harm.—Caroline Fry


Oh, for a faith that will not shrink,
Though pressed by every foe,
A faith that shines more bright and clear
When tempests rage without;
That when in danger knows no fear,
In darkness feels no doubt.—Selected


A dying sailor was near his end, and the death-sweat stood upon his brow. A friend said, "Well, mate, how is it with you now?" The dying man, with a smile, made answer, "The anchor holds—the anchor holds." God grant that every one of you may be able to say this, for His name's sake. Amen.—A. G. Brown


Mr. Wesley was once engaged in a discussion on the subject of faith. No one was able to furnish a definition satisfactory to himself or to any one present. In the midst of their perplexity, Mr. Wesley said, "Let us call on Mrs. ------------------------ ," naming an individual of good sense and of very deep piety. "She," continued Mr. Wesley, " can tell us just what faith is, because she has consciously exercised it." When asked to tell what faith is, her reply was this, "It is taking God at his word." "That will do," exclaimed Mr. Wesley. And that will do for us all.—Selected

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