Faith Sermon Illustrations

Faith Sermon Illustrations

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Simplicity of Faith

An elderly woman was starting on a railroad journey from a terminal out of which many trains move, although in different directions. Not having traveled much on the trains, she got confused. Afraid that she was on the wrong train, she showed her ticket to somebody in the seat immediately in front of her and said, "I want to go to Bay City, Michigan. Is this the right train?" "Yes, madam." Still, she was not quite at ease, for she thought that perhaps this fellow passenger might have got into the wrong train too; so she stepped across the aisle of the car, and showed her ticket to another person, and was again told, "Yes, madam, this is the right train."

But the woman was a little uncertain still. In a few moments a man came in with the conductor's insignia on his cap; she beckoned to him, and said, "I want to go to Bay City; is this the right train?" "Yes, madam, this is the right train." And now she settled back in her seat, and was asleep before the train pulled out! This illustrates the simplicity of taking God at His word. She did nothing but just receive the testimony of that conductor. That is all; but that is faith.—Arthur T. Pierson.


Things That Can't Be Done

Faith achieves the impossible. During the World War a lad at the front was carried back wounded very badly; but all aflame with enthusiasm, he looked up into the surgeon's face and said: "I tell you, Doe, they do things out there that can't be done." That is the kind of faith that achieves.—Sunday School Times.


They who know what is meant by faith in a promise know what is meant by faith in the gospel; they who know what is meant by faith in a remedy, know what is meant by faith in the blood of the Redeemer; they who know what is meant by faith in a physician, faith in an advocate, faith in a friend, know, too, what is meant by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.—Bishop O'Brien

(Acts 3. 16; 4. 12; 10. 43; 13. 38, 39).


Some years ago I was one of the speakers at a large Convention in Travancore, now Kerala State. The pandal for the Convention was in the sandy dried-up bed of a river, and to reach it we had to cross a branch of the river that had not dried up. The brethren in charge of the arrangements had seen to it that every facility was provided for all who wished to attend the meetings, and had provided a strong plank from one side of the stream to the other. With several of the national brethren I arrived at the bank of the stream which seemed to be fairly deep. There was the plank over which I might cross to the other side, but I hesitated. 'Why do you hesitate?' they asked. 'You simply have to walk across the plank and in a few seconds you will be on the other side. This is the only stream that has to be crossed to get to the Convention pandal.' Still I hesitated and replied, 'Yes, but I do not think the plank is strong enough to bear my weight.' No need for any fears on that score,' said they, `Hundreds have already crossed in safety before you came.' Yes,' I replied, 'that may be so, but I'm taller and heavier than those I have seen going across, and what is sufficient for them might not bear my weight.' To prove the strength of the plank two well-built, hefty fellows walked across together. 'Look,' they said, 'two of us are heavier than you, and the plank took us both together.'

`All right,' said I, `I'll venture.' So, very slowly and hesitantly, I made my way across as they stood watching me with amused smiles. When I reached the other side, they said, 'Didn't we tell you you would be quite safe? Why didn't you take our word for it and trust the plank in the first place?' Yes,' I explained to them, 'you see it was not the strength of my faith that took me safely across, for my faith, as you know, was very weak. But it was the strength of the plank, the object in which you advised me to put my trust.'—A. N.

(John 4. 42; Acts 16. 31; 2 Tim. 1. 12).


Object of Faith

A woman was famed for her sanctity and her beautiful life. When people visited her town, if they were interested in divine things, they almost always went to see her. One day someone went to see her, and when he was ushered into her room, he said, 'I am so glad to see you; you are the woman of the strong faith."No, sir,' she replied. 'But,' he said, 'everybody tells me what great things you have done."No, I am the woman of the weak faith in the strong Savior,' she said.—W. Y. Fullerton

(Luke 17. 6; Heb. 11. 33, 34).


There is no blessing outside of Christ: the person of Christ, the heavenly Man. The Gospel places before the sinner a risen, living Christ, as the object of faith and the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth. While the eye of faith is kept on the heavenly Christ, all is light, joy and peace; but, if turned in on self, and occupied with what it finds there, and what it feels, or with anything that may come between the heart and Christ, all will be darkness.—W. P. Mackay

(Rom. 10. 4, 8-10).


A devout Christian was acting on a Royal Commission of which Professor Huxley was a member, and one Sunday he and the great scientist were staying in a little country town. 'I suppose you are going to Church,' said Huxley. 'Yes,' replied the Christian. 'What if, instead, you stayed at home and talked to me about religion?' No,' was the reply, 'for I am not clever enough to refute your arguments.' But what if you simply told me your experience—what religion has done for you?' So, instead of going to Church that morning, he stayed at home and told Huxley the story of his conversion and all that Christ had been to him. Presently there were tears in the eyes of the great agnostic as he said, 'I would give my right hand if I could believe that, but I can't.'

(Rom. 10. 17; Heb. 11. 1)


Need of Faith

Faith is needed all the way,
Faith to toil and faith to pray,
Faith to learn and faith to teach,
Faith to practice, faith to preach;
Faith to start each day anew,
Faith to do our duty, too;
Faith to help the weak along,
Faith to bear, in patience, wrong;
Faith to smile, though sad within,
Faith to conquer every sin,
Faith to ask Him for His care
While we earthly trials bear;
Faith to smother every sigh,
Faith to live and faith to die.

(Matt. 6. 30; 8. 26; 14. 31; 17. 20)

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