Fellowship Sermon Illustrations

Fellowship Sermon Illustrations

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Isn't It True?

A happy Christian one day met an Irish peddler, and said to him. "It's a grand thing to be saved." "Aye," said the peddler, "it is. But I know something better than that." "Better than being saved?" asked the other. "What can you possibly know better than that?" "The companionship of the Man who has saved me," was the reply. The companionship of Jesus!—we may all have it.—Selected.


Demonstrable, Even if Inexplicable

The mystery of this union with Christ puzzles many. It is an experience which can be lived and even illustrated, but never fully explained. The old colored man had the right answer for the man who said sarcastically, "You said Christ lived in you, and now you say you are in Him. How can that possibly be?" The old Negro said thoughtfully, "See this poker? I'll put it in the fire until it turns red. Now the fire's in the poker, and the poker's in the fire."—The King's Business.


Finding the Fellowship

One of the greatest privileges of my life was when I traveled, some years ago, through a number of cities of the United States to get in touch with the spiritually minded people of those cities. I found there existed in those various cities a fellowship—that if you could get hold of one person who loved the Lord wholeheartedly, earnestly, and had an outspoken testimony for Him, it was just like the end of a ball of yarn, and by pulling on that person, so to speak, you could find another, and another, and another. They all knew one another; you could open up the whole spiritual life of a town, and find the people in the town who loved the Lord with a whole-hearted devotion. They knew one another.—Sunday School Times.


"This Beats Masonry"

Two brothers were on the Continent spending a holiday. One was an earnest Christian, the other an unconverted Freemason. English-like, they made tracks for the nearest fellow countryman, who happened to be the veteran missionary Harry Payne. The Christian and the missionary were "at home" at once, one telling how the work of God prospered in the old country, the other telling of the work of God's grace on the Continent. After some friendly intercourse, they left. Once the street was reached the Mason inquired of his brother: "I say, John, where did you meet that gentleman before?" "Never saw him before in my life," replied the Christian. "What!" exclaimed the Mason, "you never saw him before, and yet the last half hour you have been like brothers? Why, John, this beats Masonry." Yes, there is a bond above all bonds, "we being many are one . body (in Christ)."Christian Herald.


Laddie!

Back in Kansas a young man by the name of Everett E. Berett Scott, of Chanute, heeded his country's call and left for Fort Ord, Calif., to enter into the service. Everett Scott had a dog named Laddie, a 10-year-old airedale. Of course, Laddie had to be left behind. Left behind, Laddie began to grieve for his master. He took no interest in his food, and his condition became very serious. After the master had been gone three months, Laddie was dying.

The whole nation was aroused, through the newspapers, with the story of this dog's absolute loyalty to his master. Science took a hand. He was given glucose injections and blood transfusions, and placed on an aeroplane and sent 2,000 miles through the air to join his master. Temporarily, he revived; but grief had so weakened him that he went "the way of all flesh."

What a valuable lesson a Christian can learn from Laddie. Laddie had ev­erything a dog could want back in Chanute, Kans. His master's personal belongings surrounded him, but all this did not satisfy Laddie. He was broken­hearted. He wanted nothing but the master himself!

After all, can anything satisfy the heart of a true Christian but the Lord Himself? Would that all Christians loved the Master as Laddie loved his master. There were many men in Chanute that would be friends to Laddie, but Laddie was a one-man dog. May Laddie teach us the nature of a really born-again Christian. A born-again Christian is a one-man Christian. He has not a divided heart. Yes, a one-Man Christian—and Jesus Christ is that Man!—The Brethren Missionary Herald.


One Language

A Hindu and a New Zealander met upon the deck of a missionary ship. They had been converted from their heathenism, and were brothers in Christ, but they could not speak to each other. They pointed to their Bibles, shook hands, and smiled in each other's face; but that was all. At last a happy thought occurred to the Hindu. With sudden joy, he exclaimed, "Hallelujah!" The New Zealander, in delight, cried out, "Amen!" Those two words, not found in their own heathen tongues, were to them the beginning of "one language and one speech."—Gospel Herald.


A Persian fable says: One day
A wanderer found a lump of clay
So redolent of sweet perfume
Its odors scented all the room.
"What art thou?" was his quick demand.
"Art thou some gem of Samarcand,
Or spikenard in this rude disguise,
Or other costly merchandise?"
"Nay: I am but a lump of clay."

"Then whence this wondrous perfume, say?"
"Friend, if the secret I disclose,
I have been dwelling with the rose."
Sweet parable! and will not those
Who love to dwell with Sharon's rose,
Distil sweet odors all around,
Though low and mean themselves are found?
Dear Lord, may we to Thee retreat,
Then shed abroad Thy fragrance sweet!Gospel Herald.


No War Here!

A recent report from China states that a Japanese soldier entered a Chinese Christian church at service time. His entrance created misgiving and alarm until he stood up and said: "I am a conscript soldier, but I am a Christian. I would worship with you"; then they welcomed him. After the service was over, the Japanese went up to the minister and asked him to sign his name in the Bible he had brought with him from Japan. He wrote in Chinese: "In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek."—Christian Herald, London.

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