Knowledge Sermon Illustrations

Knowledge Sermon Illustrations

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If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?—Thomas Huxley, quoted in Cuna Mutual Newsletter

"When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confession."—Herbert Spencer, quoted in The Kiplinger Magazine


Thinking it can't be done is a great time waster; knowing it can't be done is a great time saver.—Frances Rodman, Partners


There is an Arabic proverb which says:

He that knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool: shun him.
He that knows not and knows that he knows not is a child: teach him.
He that knows and knows not that he knows is asleep: wake him.
He that knows and knows that he knows is a wise man: follow him.

(Job 19. 25; 2 Tim. 1. 12; 1 John 5. 15, 19, 20)


Knowledge of God

One cold winter afternoon the philosopher Thomas Carlyle was sitting before the open fireplace in his library. The door opened and the new pastor of a local church entered the room. After Carlyle and the young minister had spoken for a few moments, the young minister asked the great philosopher, 'What do you think this parish needs most?' Carlyle, without hesitation, replied, 'What this parish needs is a man who knows God otherwise than by hearsay.'

David Hume said of John Brown of Scotland, `That old man preaches as if Christ were at his elbow.' How much we need men of this kind today.—Indian Christian

(Hos. 6. 6; 8. 2; Col. 1. 9, 10; 2 Pet. 1. 1-4; 2. 20; 3. 18)


A traveler, as he passed through a forest saw a part of a huge oak, which appeared misshapen, and almost seemed to spoil the scenery. "If," said he, "I was the owner of this forest, I would cut down that tree." But when he had ascended the hill, and taken a full view of the forest, this same tree appeared the most beautiful part of the landscape. "How erroneously," said he, "I judged when I saw only a part!" The full view, the harmony and proportion of things, are all necessary to clear up our judgment.—Olin


But o'er all to scan God, in His works and word shown forth below;
Creation's wonders and Redemption's plan;
Whence came we, what to do, and whither go;
This is true knowledge, and "the whole of man."—Bishop Mant


A physician was driving through a village when he saw a man amusing a crowd with the antics of his trick dog. The doctor pulled up and said: "My dear man, how do you manage to train your dog that way? I can't teach mine a single trick."

The man glanced up with a simple rustic look and replied: "Well, you see, it's this way; you have to know more'n the dog or you can't learn him nothin'."


With knowledge and love the world is made.—Anatole France.

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