Gospel Sermon Illustrations

Gospel Sermon Illustrations

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"Preaching Doesn't Mean Much"

Ministers as well as laymen too often entertain this idea. Dr. Charles R. Brown tells of leaving his pulpit one Sunday evening rather discouraged. The attendance was unusually small. It seemed as if the sermon hadn't "gone across."

The preacher went to his study, closed the door and sat down to think of his failure. After a few moments there was a timid knock at the study entrance and a young man entered. After seating himself wearily, his arms on Dr. Brown's desk, he poured out his heart.

"I came to church tonight with a heavy load upon my heart. You know, I work at a bank several blocks from here, and for nearly six months I have been taking small amounts of money from my cage and using it to gamble with. I have been able to `doctor' the books so far, but sooner or later the examiners will find me out. When they do, I am ruined. My wife's heart will be broken, I shall lose my position, and my life will be wrecked. You are the only man in the world to whom I have told this, and I have decided to come to you after hearing your sermon tonight. I want to find my way out of this situation with the help of Jesus Christ."

Dr. Brown knelt down and prayed earnestly with and for the young man and then told him to return in the morning. Together they went down to the bank, put the whole matter before the president, and upon a promise of the bank clerk to redeem his life from failure, an arrangement was made by which a certain amount could be taken out of his salary until the debt to the bank was paid. A young man and his family were saved by the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

When the Gospel of Christ is preached, it can mean more than anything else in the world! The Christian church is dealing constantly with critical life situations. Let no one discount what may happen when the redeeming power of God in Christ is proclaimed to a world filled with sin-sick souls.Christian Advocate.


The Gospel and Soap

A soap manufacturer and an evangelical preacher were walking along together, the former not being a Christian. The soap maker said, "The Gospel you preach has not done much good, for there is still a lot of wickedness, and thousands of wicked people." The preacher was silent awhile, and in a few moments they passed a child making mud pies in the street. He was exceedingly dirty. Then the preacher's turn came. "Soap has not done much good in the world, I see; for there is still much dirt, and ever so many dirty people!" "Oh, well," said the manufacturer, "soap is only useful when it is applied." "Exactly," replied the other, "so it is with the Gospel."—Family Herald and Weekly Star.


Advice from Antonescu

General Antonescu, head of the Rumanian state, issued some months ago a statement "to all the priests of all the altars of Rumania." He explained to them "with the love of a truly believing man, that the church is not only buildings, ikons, hymns, candles, bells. It is love, sacrifice, kindness to fellow men, zeal for purity of spirit. There where a pure soul is, is the altar of God. If your thoughts are not fully dedicated to the Creator, if your hearts do not really suffer for the sins of others, then the walls of the church will be cold, the pictures of the saints dead and hard, the bells will give no joyous sound, and the wax candles will be as if extinguished. The gospel of our Lord is a real thing. It was not written to be a dead letter but to be lived out. Christ died and suffered for our salvation. Only in His life can you make clear to believers the purpose of life. Preach the gospel every Sunday so that it may be heard and understood of all, and add thereto meaningful prayer. I beg you that in your daily life you exhibit an upright and earnest spirit of love, that you seek no gold, nor fall into human passion."

This is excellent advice, comments Sunday School Times, even though it comes from the head of a Government that is the tool of the Nazis in anti-Semitic persecution, and that has forbidden gospel evangelism by all Baptist and other evangelical churches.—Gospel Herald.


Transformed Lives

A well-known preacher of the United States was asked to say a few words to a gathering in an open air meeting. At the close of his address an atheist stepped up to him and challenged him to a debate, assuring him that he would bear all the expense of renting the hall and advertising. "I accept on one condition: When you bring with you fifty people who have been helped by your philosophy, I am ready. I will bring you hundreds who will testify to the transformation this Gospel has wrought in their lives." Needless to say the challenger departed somewhat chagrined.—Gospel Herald.


Deafness

A man said about something he wished to make clear, "Why, it is as plain as A B C!" "Yes," said a third party, "but the man you are talking to is D E F." So some of the hearers seem to turn away from the Word of God. Let us explain the Gospel as we may, if there is no desire in the heart, our plainest messages are lost. —Courtesy Moody Monthly.


The "Blues" or the Gospel?

In "Today in My Vineyard," the Annual Report of the Open Air Mission, an evangelist describes his part in a social evening at the Y.M.C.A. hut at Carnarvon Camp during the Great War. The man before him sang, "The Wibbly-Wobbly Blues." Then the evangelist went on the platform, lay down with his head on a rolled-up coat, and said, "Boys, this morning I visited a poor fellow who lay like this, doubled up with pneumonia. It wouldn't have been of much comfort to him if I had sung 'The Wibbly-Wobbly Blues,' would it? I gave him `The Old, Old Story'—and now I'm going to give it to you." When they closed that night there were twenty men on their knees, seeking Christ. Sunday School Times.


The Camel Rider's Call

When the caravans in the desert are in want of water, they are accustomed to send a camel with its rider some distance in advance. Then, after a time, follows another, and then at a short interval another. As soon as the first man finds water, almost before he stoops down to drink, he shouts aloud, "Come!" The next man hearing the call repeats it, "Come!" The nearest man again takes up the call, "Come!" until the surrounding desert echoes with the word "Come!"

This is the great invitation word of the Gospel, come! come! COME!—Gospel Stories for the Young.


The Gospel Not Too Short

Some years ago there was a great fire in Dublin. A high block of buildings was alight below, and the fire was working its way up to the top of the buildings very rapidly. A number of people were at the windows above calling out for help. The Fire Escape was heard coming in the distance, and the crowd of anxious spectators gave a cheer of hope, but imagine their dismay when it was found the Fire Escape was too short to reach the perishing.—Selected

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