Preachers Sermon Illustrations

Preachers Sermon Illustrations

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A Millionaire's Reflection

One of the most influential men in Great Britain is Lord Beaverbrook, who owns the London Daily Express and a number of other daily papers. He is the son of a preacher. He made a fortune in Canada and then went to England, where he has forged ahead and made money and a name for himself. Some years ago he was elevated to the peerage, Recently, he wrote, "The evangelist is the man who has the greatest opportunity for doing good and if I were in a position to influence the life of a sincere young man today I would say to him, 'Rather choose to be an evangelist than a cabinet minister or a millionaire.' When I was a young man I pitied my father for being a poor man and a humble preacher of the Word. Now that I am old I envy him, his life, and career."—Selected.

Fear Sin

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer.—John Wesley.

Preach for God's Glory

When the great "Welsh Revival" was in progress some years ago its human leader, Evan Roberts, on one occasion suddenly and quietly left the service, simply because the curiosity and expectancy concerning him was very distasteful to his consecrated soul. Then a godly young woman arose and exclaimed, "Whom are you after, Evan Roberts or Jesus?" And the meeting proved more than ordinarily successful because only the glory of God was sought. Verily our constant aim should be "that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ."—Gospel Herald.

Everything But God's Word

An Ohio church called a pastor who qualified on nine points beyond all other candidates, being "selected on a strictly scientific basis." Some of these points included: "Spirituality—but this doesn't mean belief in the virgin birth, or any of the other dogmas of the old church, such as Jonah and the whale." If candidates professed belief in any such ideas they were marked off on the first point. Other points were Intellectuality, Scholarliness, Adaptability, Poise, Personality, Tolerance and Sympathy, Vision, Appeal to Youth. The minister, according to these qualifications, should "enjoy the same things a college professor does," have a good "stage appearance," his shoes should always be shined and his suit pressed; he should have a tolerance for all religious sects. The minister chosen "scored ninety-three per cent out of a possible one hundred, out­stripping the other candidates by a large majority." It is a relief to turn from this to Paul's word to ministers: "I charge thee . . . preach the word."—Sunday School Times.

"One Damning Defect"

At the close of a service a preacher was accosted by one of his hearers who, after conceding that the sermon possessed certain commendable features, added, "But it had one damning defect!" The startled minister, having inquired what this defect was, received the following reply, "I am a Jew, I have only recently been born again. Up to that time I attended the synagogue. But there was really nothing in your sermon that I could not have heard in the synagogue, nothing that a Jewish rabbi might not have preached." "That," said the preacher, in after years, "was the greatest lesson in homiletics I was ever taught."Sunday School Times.

Spurgeon on "Adverbs"

Spurgeon once said, "That the pastor who would be a blessing must preach the Gospel, and preach it with adverbs in his mind—earnestly, interestingly, fully." The Gospel should be preached Scripturally as Christ did (John 3:14-18), preached simply as Paul did (I Cor. 15: 1-4), preached earnestly as Peter did (Acts 2:14-40), preached lovingly as John did (I John 4:9-14), preached earnestly as Philip did (Acts 8:35-40), preached effectively as the woman did (John 4:42), preached passionately as the Apostle did, that is, in the power of the Spirit (I Peter 1:12), and preached practically by a consistent life as the Thessalonians did (I Thess. 1:7-10).—Gospel Herald.

With Christ at His Elbow

We must preach what has passed through the crucible of our own experience. We shall never produce conviction in others until truth is a burning conviction in our own souls. Bunyan says, "I preached what I did feel, what I smartly did feel." When David Hume, the philosopher, had listened to John Brown, of Haddington, he remarked: "That's the man for me; he means what he says, he preaches as if Christ were at his elbow."United Methodist.

Better Than Loving to Preach

When the Rev. George Pentecost had finished a discourse in the city of Edinburgh, Horatio Bonar put his hand upon his shoulder and said, "You love to preach to men, don't you?" And Dr. Pentecost answered, "Yes." And Mr. Bonar said, "Do you love the men you preach to?" That was Christian preaching in the days of Jesus Christ. "When he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them."—George Dowling.

He held a lamp each livelong day
So low that none could miss the way,
And yet so high to bring in sight
That picture fair, of Christ, the Light;
That gazing up, the lamp between
The hand that held it was not seen.

He held the pitcher, stooping low,
To lips of little ones below,
Then raised it to the weary saint
And bade him drink when sick and faint;
They drank, the pitcher thus between,
The hand that held it scarce was seen.

He blew the trumpet soft and clear
That trembling sinners need not fear:
And then with louder note and bold
To storm the walls of Satan's hold;
The trumpet coming thus between,
The hand that held it was not seen.

But when the Captain says, "Well done,
Thou good and faithful servant, come!
Lay down the pitcher and the lamp,
Lay down the trumpet, leave the camp!"
The weary hand will then be seen
Clasped in His pierced ones between.

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