God's Sermon Illustrations

God's Sermon Illustrations

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Ironside's Boyhood Lesson

I remember, when I was a boy, going to a missionary meeting. A missionary was there from Africa, and was showing us a whole lot of curious things, and then he said, "Now, boys, I want to tell you the kind of Gospel we preach to the people of Africa. How many good boys have we here?" A lot of us thought we were good, but our mothers were there, and so not one of us dared hold up his hand. "Well," said he, "not one good boy here; then I have the same message for you that we have for the heathen in Africa; God loves naughty boys. "My," I thought, "he is getting all mixed up," for you see I had heard people say, "If you are good God will love you." But, dear friends, that is not true. God is not waiting for you to be good so He can love you; God loves sinners. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."—H. A. Ironside.


"One there is above all others—
Oh, how He loves!
His is love beyond a brother's—
Oh, how He loves!

Earthly friends may fail or leave us,
One day soothe, the next day grieve us,
But this Friend will ne'er deceive us—
Oh, how He loves!

"Joy and peace it is to know Him—
Oh, how He loves!
Think, oh, think how much we owe Him
Oh, how He loves!

With His precious Blood He bought us,
In the wilderness He sought us,
To His loved ones safely brought us—
Oh, how He loves!"The Messenger of Peace.


"Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were ev'ry stalk on earth a quill,
And ev'ry man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky."—Song.


The Love of God

The love of God is an ocean, and no line can sound its depths. It is a sky of unknown dimensions, and no flying machine can reach its heights. It is a continent of unexplored distance, and no tape can measure its length. It is e width of unsurpassed country, and no survey can find its boundary. It is a mine of wealth, and no delving of mail can estimate or exhaust its riches. It is a pole of attraction, which no explorer can discover, and the love of God is a forest of beauty, and no botanist can find and describe its variety and glory.—Selected.


Something Better than Our Love for Christ

A good man was very ill, and his friends came to comfort him. They remembered his good deeds, and how he had always cared for the lambs of Christ's flock. One prayed, "Lord, thou knowest how he loves Thee," "Ah, my friends," said the sick man, "do not say that. When Mary and Martha went to Jesus, their message was not, `Lord, he who loveth Thee is sick,' but, `He whom Thou lovest.' It is not my imperfect love to Him that gives me comfort, but His perfect love to me."—Christian Herald.


How God Loves and Gives

Peter Mackenzie, a Methodist preacher of a generation ago, living in England, preached an early sermon from John 3:16. Gipsy Smith tells us that the preacher said, after announcing the text: "There are two striking things in my text: When God loves He loves a world. When He gives, He gives his Son." Such is the boundless love of the eternal Father of mankind.Sunday School Times.


Love through the Dark

A father and little daughter buried the mother of the home. They were broken-hearted when they returned to the old home after the funeral, and things were so different. The little daughter was placed in her bed for the night as usual. The father retired, but could not sleep. After a while the little daughter said, "Papa, it is so dark." And then, after a while the little child said, "Papa, you love through the dark, don't you?" Away in the dark hours of the night the father looked up into the face of Jesus and said, "Jesus, thou dost love though it is dark." Jesus loves His children, and no night is so dark that He does not see us. Sunday School Times.


How Much Does God Love?

"Fond parents often say to a little child: `How much do you love me?' The answer is usually a kiss and a hug. If you put the same question to our heavenly Father, the answer is—the cross... . We can glimpse the sufferings of Christ in the Garden and on Calvary; but who can picture the sorrows of the Father in Heaven in that last hour?"The Boston Transcript.


The Love of God

How deep is it?
"Thou bast in love to my soul delivered it out of the pit of corruption" (Isa. 38:17).
"He brought me up also out of an horrible pit" (Psa. 40:2).

How high is it?
"But... God hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6).

What is its length and breadth?
"He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:4). "That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:7).—Selected.


Why Are We Saved?

Some years ago I was lecturing in Western Pennsylvania. In one home where I was entertained was a dear little four-year-old whom I delighted to tease. One day I asked her, "Are you worth anything?" She said, "No." And I asked, "What's the use of keeping you, then?" The little face grew dark and puzzled while she felt for an answer. Then she blurted out, "Oh, I tell you why: Mama loves me." And not an angel under the broad heavens could have given a better answer. Love, divine love alone, makes us worth saving.—Thomas Chalmers, in King's Business.

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