Growth Sermon Illustrations

Growth Sermon Illustrations

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Tree or Post?

Plant a tree and it begins to grow; set a post and it begins to decay. Which are you, a tree or a post?—The Moody Bible Institute Monthly.

Still Growing

At Hampton Court Palace, in England, one of the most famous grapevines in the world is trained over a high-arched trellis under a glass roof. It has been growing there for one hundred and sixty years, and last year it ripened six hundred fine clusters of delicious grapes. It has the best of expert care, and shows no sign of dying.—Girls' World.

Standing Won't Do

Someone asked a Scripture Reader in the British Army, "Do these young converts stand?" "No," he replied, "they go on."—Heard in a meeting addressed by Mr. H. G. Howell (The King's Body Guard).

His Next

Plutarch said of the Roman consul Coriolanus: "He was always trying to excel himself." The same secret of excellence is possessed by the sculptor, St. Gaudens. A Chicago reporter said to him, when a piece of his work was unveiled in that city, "I suppose, Mr. St. Gaudens, you consider this statue your masterpiece?" "Indeed, I do not," was the quick reply, "my next statue is always my masterpiece."—Selected.

Unseen Progress

God never places us in any position where we cannot grow. When we are not sending branches upward we may be sending roots downward. When everything seems failure we may be making the best kind of progress.—E. Prentiss.

We are all blind until we see
That in the human plan,
Nothing is worth the building
That does not build the man.

Why build these cities glorious
If man unbuilded goes?
In vain we build the world
Unless the builder also grows.—Selected.

The Only Name He Could Write

Mrs. Booth used to tell a beautiful story of a man whose saintly life left its permanent and gracious impress upon her own. He seemed to grow in grace and charm and all nobleness with every day that he lived. At last he could speak of nothing but the glories of his Saviour, and his face was radiant with awe and affection whenever he mentioned that holy name. It chanced that, as he was dying, a document was discovered that imperatively required his signature. He held the pen for one brief moment, wrote, and fell back upon the pillows dead. And on the paper he had written, not his own name, but the Name that is above every name. Within sight of the things within the veil, that seemed to be the only name that mattered.—Sunday at Home.

The Power of New Life

A lady, who desired to lead a Christian life, felt that there was one thing in her life that she could not give up. When she consulted her pastor, he said: "Have you noticed that there are always a few dead leaves clinging to the old oak trees after all the other leaves have fallen? The strong blasts of winter fail to tear them off. Spring comes, and still they cling persistently. The days are calm, bright, and balmy. Presently one by one they drop off. What unseen power so quietly, but so surely, severs them? The new life rising in the tree gradually causes them to drop off. And so with us,—as the new life in Christ permeates our being, we find that we can give up for Him what before was so hard to renounce."Sunday School Times.

Where Are Your Roots

In the midst of the vineyard there was one grapevine that was poor and sickly looking. This weak vine stood out, all the more through contrast, from the rest of the vineyard of strong and flourishing vines. Year after year the vine was sickly. Finally the owner started to dig the ground to find the reason why. He found an abandoned well which had been covered over with a circle of wood and shallow earth thrown on top. The vine had very long roots dangling in the thin air of the well. Perhaps your soul is like that. You have not been fast rooted in the foundation and are getting no nourishment from the Word of God. You will be a sickly Christian, bearing no fruit, unless you get your roots firmly established in Him.Revelation.

"My Rule for Christian Living"

Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman had this which he called "My rule for Christian living": "The rule that governs my life is this: anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it." This simple rule may help you find a safe road for your feet along life's road.—Watchman-Examiner.

Why No Progress?

A gentleman was walking on the parade at Llandudno, and was watching a pretty little vessel with its white sail shining in the sunlight. "How is it that ship does not seem to be moving?" he said to a seaman standing by. "Her sails are spread and there's plenty of breeze, but she seems to make no progress." "She's anchored," replied the sailor. That's just how it is with many of us on our heavenward journey, but we make no progress at all because we are anchored to something here on earth—some sin indulged in, or some worldliness we will not give up.Home Messenger.

Still upward be thine onward course:
For this I pray today;
Still upward as the years go by
And seasons pass away

Still upward in this coming year—
Thy path is all untried;
Still upward may'st thou journey on,
Close by thy Saviour's side.

Still upward e'en though sorrow come,
And trials crush thine heart;
Still upward till in Heaven you wake
With Christ to walk apart.

Still upward till the day shall break,
And shadows all have flown;
Still upward till in Heaven you wake
And stand before the throne.—Selected

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