Faith Sermon Illustrations

Faith Sermon Illustrations

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Don't Examine Your Faith

An extract from a letter written by a minister to a brother minister whose faith was failing through illness: "Are you not making the mistake of examining your faith rather than the promises upon which that faith should rest? If you were traveling a new public highway and should approach a bridge of whose strength you were not satisfied, would you stop to examine your faith in that bridge, or dismount and examine the structure itself? Common sense would tell you to examine the bridge, and then, when satisfied of its strength, you would cross over with confidence. So now I beg you, dear brother, look away to the promises that were made by God whom you have served so long, and trust Him though He slay you. Remember the bridge."—Sunday School Times.

The Faith of God

The man that is full of faith lives in two worlds, and he uses the faculties that are intended for both worlds. . . Let me give you a very simple little parable. Three philosophers were deputed to pronounce upon the nature of a certain substance. The substance was really honey, but it was so disguised that they did not recognize it. The first philosopher said that judging from its color, he believed it to be bitter. The second philosopher said that judging from its odor, it surely was acid. The third philosopher said that, judging from its softness it must be salt. But there was a little girl, no philosopher, and she said, "I know it is sweet, because I have tasted it." There is a faculty, a spiritual faculty, of taste. "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good." The man that is full of faith lives in both worlds and he uses both sets of faculties—that of sense and that of faith.—Evan H. Hopkins.

Only God's Word!

There is an easy, practical way to have faith. A minister said to an evangelist who was holding services in his church: "I have no faith in this matter, but I see it in the Word of God and I am going to act on God's Word, no matter how I feel." And the evangelist replied, "Why, that is faith!" The Word of God is the secret of faith. "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." We do not attain or achieve faith; we simply receive it as we read God's Word.... Many a child of God is failing to enjoy God's richest blessings in Christ because he fails to receive the gift of faith. He looks within himself for some quality that will enable him to believe, instead of "looking unto Jesus" who is "the author and finisher of our faith." "If our faith were but more simple, we would take Him at His word."—Sunday School Times.

When Fording Unknown Rivers

The incident that gave Andrew Fuller his text for the famous sermon on faith preached to the Northamptonshire Association is full of illuminations. There had been heavy rain. The rivers were flooded, and at one crossing Fuller, who was riding on horseback, hesitated. A farmer watching him, shouted, "Go on, sir, you are quite safe." Fuller urged his horse into the water, but when it rose to the saddle he stopped again. "Go on, sir; all is right!" came the voice, and Fuller found in a few paces that the water shallowed. "We walk by faith, not by sight." But our walk is on solid ground, though it is hidden from us.—Sunday School Chronicle.

Daniel Webster's Saviour

This story is told of Daniel Webster when he was in the prime of his manhood. He was dining with a company of literary men in Boston. During the dinner the conversation turned upon the subject of Christianity. Mr. Webster frankly stated his belief in the divinity of Christ and his dependence upon the atonement of the Saviour. One said to him, "Mr. Webster, can you comprehend how Christ could be both God and man?" Mr. Webster promptly replied, "No, sir, I cannot comprehend it. If I could com­prehend Him, He would be no greater than myself. I feel that I need a super­human Saviour."—Christian Witness.

Why the Banker Became "Practical."

A minister tells how in his first parish a banker occasionally came to his church, and every time he came he happened to be preaching on faith. The banker said to him: "Why don't you preach on something else than faith? Why don't you get something practical?" A few days later there was a run on his bank and the minister went down to see what was going on. He found the foreign people demanding their money; they were alarmed and suspicious, and the banker was going up and down the line saying to these people: "Everything is all right. There is nothing wrong with the bank." The minister touched him on the shoulder and said, "What is the matter?" "Why," he said, "there is nothing wrong; but these people have lost faith in the bank; their confidence has been shaken. If you can say anything or do anything to restore their confidence, I wish you would do it." "What about faith? You remember when you told me to preach on something more practical than faith?" "Oh, yes," he said, "I remember it very well, and I take it all back. After all, there is nothing so fundamental to the business interests and commercial life of America as faith."—Sunday School Times.

The Blind Man's Confidence

A poet and an artist once examined a painting representing the healing of the two blind men of Jericho. The artist asked, "What seems to you the most remarkable thing in this painting?" The poet said, "Everything is very clear—the groupings of the individuals, the expression upon the faces, etc." The artist found the most significant touch elsewhere. He pointed to the steps of a house in a corner of the picture. "Do you see that discarded cane lying there?" "Yes," said the poet, "but what does that signify?" "The blind man who has rushed to Jesus is so sure he will be healed," said he, "that he has left his cane behind. He will need it no more and rushes to the Lord as though he could already see." Too often we hold on to canes and crutches of our own devising instead of looking only to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith!—The King's Business.

What Is It to Believe?

There is a word in common use in Scotland—"lippen"—which Dr. Chalmers would use in conversation with anxious souls to explain the act of trusting in Jesus Christ. The word expresses the condition of a person who, entirely unable to support or protect himself, commits his interests, or life, to the safe keeping of some person or object. Thus a man crossing a chasm on a plank, "lippens" to the plank. One day the doctor visited a poor old bedridden woman who was dying. He tried to make her understand the way of salvation. But alas! it seemed all in vain. The mind he strove to enlighten had been closed so long that it appeared impossible to thrust into it a single ray of light. At last she said, "Ah! sir, I would fain do as you bid me, but I dinna ken how; how can I trust in Christ?" "O woman," was his expressive answer, in the dialect of the district, "just `lippen' to Him." "Eh, sir," was the reply, "and is that all?" "Yes, yes," was his gratified response; just `lippen' to Him and lean on Him, and you will never perish." To that poor dying woman the word was a light from Heaven, and it guided her to the knowledge of the Savior, and to the enjoyment of salvation through faith in Him.—Alliance Weekly.

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