Faith Sermon Illustrations

Faith Sermon Illustrations

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Luther's Discovery

As I stood in that little out-of-the-way church in Rome and watched the worshipers climbing Santa Scala on their knees, I could but wish that they, too, like Martin Luther, might find freedom of soul. We recall that "as a monk, Luther had happened on a volume of the Scriptures. He knew it only as a forbidden book. He read it furtively until he came to the place where it is written, 'There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.' . . . He read, `By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified.' '`What the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son. .' The light began to break. He betook himself to Rome. Great were his anticipations; a sore disappointment awaited him.... He looked for voluntary poverty and simple piety; the air was full of ambition and political intrigue. He determined on penance by climbing ... the Sacred Stairway, on his knees. Half way up he seemed to hear a voice saying, 'The just shall live by faith!' and the day broke. He stood erect, a believer in Christ as his only Saviour from sin."—From personal reminiscence, and from Christ and Progress, by Burrell.

Faith and Works

A ferryman had the word "faith" painted on one oar and the word "work" on the other. He was asked the reason for thus "naming" the oars, and replied by showing rather than by words. He laid the oar that had "work" painted on it in the bottom of the skiff, took the oar that had "faith" on it, and with both hands pulled with all his strength, and the boat went round and round, gradually floating down the stream with the current. Then he placed faith oar in the bottom of the skiff and took up work oar with both hands, with the same result, the boat gradually floating down the stream. Then he took faith oar in one hand, work oar in the other, and pulled with both together, and the skiff moved out of the current and across the stream.

It takes both faith and works to get anywhere in the Christian life. Doing is evidence that one believes.—The Cumberland Presbyterian.

Are We Doing the Same?

Little Charlie said, "Mother, what is it to believe in Jesus?" "To think that He loves you, that He died for you, that He cares for you." Charlie stopped playing with his toys, and was still. His mother said, "What are you doing?" "Believing on Jesus."—The Pentecostal Herald.

Realm of Faith

Senses for the things of sense;
Reason for the things of thought and the mind;
Faith for the things of God.—H. W. Warren

Shield of Faith

This is the defense for the living saint and the dying saint. In olden days, when a warrior carried a shield almost as big as himself, those who recovered the slain after a battle would often use their shields that had been their protection in the battle as their biers to carry them to the burial.

(Eph. 6. 16).

Steps of Faith

'The steps of faith
Fall on the seeming void, and find
The Rock beneath.—J. G. Whittier

Abraham's steps of faith—He left all for God, left all with God, found all in God and yielded all to God.

(Heb. 11. 8, 9-10; 16-17; Rom. 4. 12).

Strength of Faith

The other evening I was riding home after a heavy day's work. I felt very wearied and sore depressed, when swiftly, suddenly as a lightning flash, that text came to me, 'My grace is sufficient for thee'. I reached home and looked it up in the original, and suddenly it came to me in this way: 'My grace is sufficient for thee', and I said, 'I should think it is, Lord,' and I burst out laughing. I never fully understood the holy laughter of Abraham until then. It seemed to make unbelief so absurd. O brethren, be great believers! Little faith will bring your souls to heaven but great faith will bring heaven to your souls.—C. H. Spurgeon

(Rom. 4. 20).

Vision of Faith

Faith sees in Christ on high enthroned
The cruel cross on which He groaned;
The crown which now His brow adorns
Was once a cruel crown of thorns.
And while the ages roll away,
Faith sees the increase of His sway
Till crowns and thrones and kingdoms fall,
And Christ is King and Lord of all.

(Heb. 2. 9; 11. 10).

Proof of Faith

The story is told of a blind boy who was flying a kite and enjoying this pastime along with others of his own age. A passer-by, knowing him and wanting to give him a gentle teasing, said, 'Where is your kite? You don't know whether it is on the ground or up in the sky.' Oh yes,' said the blind lad, 'I do know. It is now quite a fair height up in the air.' How do you know that?' asked his friend, 'you can't see it.' 'No!' replied the boy, 'I can't see it, it is true, but I can feel the tug of the string.'

(Heb. 11. 3, 6; 1 Pet. 1. 8).

Quality of Faith

It is not the quantity of faith, but the quality of faith, that is important. A grain of mustard seed and a pellet of dust are similar in appearance, but the difference is immense. The one has no life burning at the heart of it, while the other contains life as God kindled it. Faith that has in it the principle of life is a faith with God in it.—F. B. Meyer

(Matt. 17. 20; Luke 17. 6)

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