Fellowship Sermon Illustrations

Fellowship Sermon Illustrations

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Samuel Hebich has a very good illustration of the fellowship of saints, which he entitles being 'Fitly shoined togeder'. It is the 'Tale of a Tub', Hebich's tub.

`You and I cannot make a tob. It requires a cood carpenter to make a tob or it will hold no water, because it is not made of von piece of wood, but of many, and dey must be fitly shoined togeder. Dere are four tings to make a cood tob:

It must haf a cood bottom.
Each of de pieces must be fitly shoined to de bottom.
Each von must be fitly shoined to his fellow.
Each von shall be kept close by de bands outside.

`Von piece may be narrow and de next piece be wide, yet it shall be a cood tob; but if a leetle shtone or a bit of shtick vill come between de pieces, it vill not do at all. If de pieces are near, but do not touch, it vill not do at all; and if all de pieces but von touch, and are fitly shoined togeder, and dis von fall in or out of de circle, it is no tob at all.

`Vat is de shmall shtick or shtone between de pieces of vood? It is de leetle quarrel, de hard vord, de dirty bit of money dat keep broder from being fitly shoined to broder. Vat is de piece of vood dat falls out of de circle? It is de proud, unforgiving spirit dat efry von can feel is in de meeting and vich causes all heavenly peace to run out. Oh, beloved, be fitly shoined togeder!'

(1 Cor. 1. 10; Eph. 2. 21; 4. 1-3, 16).

Broken Fellowship

In the factory, work was going on apace and every machine was working and producing to its utmost limit. Suddenly a main machine came to a standstill, and the power had to be switched off, making the other machines also idle. The work had come to a standstill. What had happened? Just this—the belt round the main pulley shaft and that particular machine had snapped, and the whole shop was thrown idle.

Fellowship with God by His Spirit is like the belt. When it is preserved intact, the service of the Lord goes on apace; but, when fellowship is broken, the work comes to a standstill until fellowship is re-established.

(Acts 2. 42; 1 Cor. 1. 9; Phil. 2. 1; 1 John 1. 3, 6, 7)

Fellowship on Earth

Four lines used to be displayed on the wall of a beloved brother's home, and how true they are in experience! They read:

To dwell above with saints we love—
Ah yes! that will be glory.
To live below with saints we know,
Well, that's another story.

C.H. Spurgeon once said that he would rather spend eternity in Heaven with some Christians than half-an-hour on earth.

(Phil. 1. 27; 2. 1; 4. 2).

Fellowship of Kindred Minds

The hymn—‘Blest be the tie that binds'—was written by Dr. John Fawcett, pastor of a small but poor Baptist congregation at Wainsgate, Yorkshire. His salary of £25 a year was totally inadequate, so he accepted a call to a large, influential Baptist Church in London. He preached his Farewell sermon and was loading his belongings on to wagons for removal to the metropolis, when sorrowing members of his congregation, showing deep affection and grief, pleaded with him not to leave them. The pastor and his wife were so overcome that they sat down and wept. 'Oh John, John, I cannot bear this,' said the poor wife. 'We shall not go,' said the good man. His decision to remain with them was hailed by his people with great joy. To commemorate the event Dr. Fawcett wrote the hymn. They had proved that the loving fellowship of saints was more to be desired than more money and more physical comforts.

(Acts 2. 42; Phil. 1. 5; 1 Thess. 2. 7, 8).


A story is told of a certain preacher who mourned over a backslider in his assembly who had once been a regular attendee at the prayer meeting, but for months had not been seen in the place where prayer was wont to be made. His voice, formerly so much heard in prayer, was sorely missed, so, after one prayer meeting, the preacher went straight to the brother's house and found him seated before an open fire. The absentee, surprised, quickly placed another chair for his visitor and then waited to receive the expected rebuke. But not a word did the preacher say. Taking his seat before the fire, he silently took the tongs and, lifting a glowing coal from the midst of its fellows, laid it by itself on the hearth. Remaining silent, he watched the blaze die out. Then the absentee spoke: 'You needn't say a single word, brother; I'll be there next Wednesday night.'

(Acts 2. 42; Heb. 10. 25)

Just to Be Near

We are ever welcomed by God our Father when we are forced into His presence by our need. He invites us to make our requests known to Him; but we remember the little fellow who nestled very close to his father, who said to him, "What do you want now?" and whose answer was "Just to be near you, father." Of course his father was pleased. Is not our Father pleased when we seek His presence because of His love to us and ours to Him?Scripture Truth.

Fellowship is sympathy expressed or manifested in such a way as to draw others toward you in the bonds of fellowship. It is making men feel that they are your brethren, that they are related to you, that they are a part of your person.—Beecher

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