Persecution Sermon Illustrations

Persecution Sermon Illustrations

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"A persecuted church has a repelling power as well as an attracting power. The great awakenings of the past have not been begun by the gathering in of the many, but by the deeper consecration of the few."—Vance Havner.


God's Way in Persecution

During a time of persecution in Korea, a young church member was accused by police and put in jail as a suspect. He was placed in a cell by himself and he grieved because he was restrained from speaking of Christ to the other prisoners. Soon he was banished to one of the neighboring islands. When he was released after the breakdown of the accusation, he said with shining face, "Just think, I have been longing for a chance to speak of Christ, and was mourning because I could not speak in jail. Then God sent me off to an unevangelized island, where there was plenty of work to do, and the government paid my fare."—King's Highway.


Recognizing the Road

A Spirit-filled worker connected with the Africa Inland Mission was giving his testimony, after returning from a very dangerous service in the first World War. He said that if someone sent him on a journey and told him the road to take, warning him that at a certain point he would come to a dangerous crossing of the river, at another point to a forest infested with wild beasts, he would come to that dangerous river crossing and the other dangers with the satisfaction of knowing that he was on the right road. So he told them that the Lord had predicted that Christians would have tribulation, and when the tribulations came he knew he was on the right road.Sunday School Times.


Persecutions are beneficial to the righteous. They are a hail of precious stones, which, it is true, rob the vine of her leaves, but give her possessor a more precious treasure instead.—Selected


Let the world despise and leave me,
They have left my Savior, too;
Human hearts and looks deceive me;
Thou art not, like man, untrue;
And, while Thou shalt smile upon me,
God of wisdom, love, and might,
Foes may hate, and friends may shun me;
Show Thy face, and all is bright.—Henry F. Lyte


A young Christian soldier in the army was often insulted by his tent-mates while at prayer at night. He sought advice of his chaplain, and, at his advice, omitted his usual habit. His conscience, however, could not endure this. He chose rather to have prayer with persecution than outward peace without it, and resumed his old way. The result was that, after a time, all his ten or twelve tent-companions knelt with him in prayer. In reporting to his chaplain, he said, "Isn't it better to keep the colors flying?"—Selected

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