Preachers Sermon Illustrations

Preachers Sermon Illustrations

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Preaching that Costs

A clergyman once told his bishop that he could preach and think nothing of it, and the prelate replied that the parishioners were of the same opinion. Work done easily, service which costs nothing, will have little come of it.. Begin the day by pleading with God for men, and then go forth to plead with men for God.—C. H. Spurgeon.

How to Preach the Gospel

II Thessalonians 2:1-12.
With boldness (vs. 1, 2).
With sincerity (vs. 3, 4).
With honesty of purpose (vs. 5, 6).
With gentleness and affectionate desire (vs. 7, 8).
With labor and pain (vs. 9).
With the power of a godly example (vs. 19).
With the aim of producing a holy life (vs. 11, 12).—John C. Page.

The Book She Needed

A special minister came to preach at the Mission Anniversary. The relater of the incident was, after the afternoon's service, wending his way homeward with old Mary Howarth. "Well, Mary," he said, "how have you enjoyed him this afternoon?" "None so grand," she answered. "I took the wrong book with me." He looked at the Bible under her arm and saw it was the large-print Bible she always carried to church, and so he said, "No, you didn't; it's your regular Bible you've got." "Ay," she said, "I know that, but it was the dictionary I needed this afternoon."Sunday School Times.

Why Honored

An Indian sweeper who was a Christian used to attract great crowds as he preached the Gospel. One day a passerby said scornfully: "Why do people gather so respectfully to listen to a sweeper?" "When the Saviour was riding to Jerusalem on an ass," replied the man. "people spread their garments beneath the feet of the ass. Not for the ass's sake, but because the King of kings was riding on it. When Christ got down from the ass, nobody cared any more about it. It was honored just as long as the King of kings was using it."—Presbyterian Advance.

"Do and Die"

It is related of the late Dr. Hinson, of Portland, Oregon, that two or three years ago, after undergoing an operation by which a large portion of his stomach was removed, he was warned by the surgeons that he must not preach anymore.

"Not preach anymore," said he; "and why not?"
"Because," replied the physician, "your physical condition will not permit it."
"Do you mean that if I preach I shall die?"
"Yes; that is precisely what will happen."
"Well, how long might I live if I stop preaching?"
"You might live for many years."
"And how long might I live if I preach?"
"You would probably die very soon."
"Well, then," decided the patient, "I'll preach and die."

The following is a quotation from the words of Dr. W. B. Hinson. Speaking from the pulpit a year after the commencement of the illness from which he ultimately died.
"I remember a year ago when a man in this city said, `You have got to go to your death.' I walked out to where I live, five miles out of this city, and I looked across at that mountain that I love, and I looked at the river in which I rejoice, and I looked at the stately trees that are always God's own poetry to my soul. Then in the evening I looked up into the great sky where God was lighting His lamps, and I said, `I may not see you many more times, but Moun­tain, I shall be alive when you are gone; and River, I shall be alive when you cease running toward the sea; and Stars, I shall be alive when you have fallen from your sockets in the great down-pulling of the material universe!"' This is the confidence of one who knew the Saviour. Is it yours?—Selected.


On a certain occasion Gladstone said: "One thing I have against the clergy both of the country and in the towns. I think they are not severe enough on congregations. They do not sufficiently lay upon the souls and consciences of their hearers their moral obligations, and probe their hearts and bring up their whole lives and actions to the bar of conscience. The class of sermons which I think are most needed, are of the class which once offended Lord Melbourne. He was seen coming from church in the country in a great fume. Finding a friend, he exclaimed, `It is too bad I have always been a supporter of the church, and I have always upheld the clergy, but it is really too bad to have to listen to a sermon like that we have heard this morning. Why, the preacher actually insisted upon applying religion to a man's private life!' But that is the kind of preaching which I like best, the kind of preaching which men need most, but it is, also, the kind of which they get the least."—Selected.

Undue Self-Depreciation

When John Knox was called to be a preacher in the Church of Saint Andrews, he was so embarrassed that, after an attempt to speak to the congregation, he burst into tears, rushed out, and shut himself up in his chamber. He determined never to appear again in the pulpit. Yet he afterwards became a powerful preacher, fearing not to face kings or queens.

It is a good thing for a man not to be too sure of himself, but undue self-depreciation is not to be commended. Isaiah's "Here am I; send me" is much better.—A. C. Crews, in Westminster Teacher.

The Bishop's "Wisdom"

A certain British bishop, hearing a young preacher in his first church, said to the young man that his method of preaching was not getting results. The bishop volunteered to preach a sermon to show how it ought to be done. He took as text: "The fool hath saith in his heart, There is no God." When he had finished, a humble parishioner was asked by the beaming bishop how he liked the sermon, "It was very fine," said the parishioner, "but somehow, in spite of all you said, I still believe there do be a God." And the bishop did no worse than many of the rest of us — trying to be impressive with big words and only covering up our meaning.—Newark, Ohio, Advocate.

"Preach Jesus"

The officials of a certain church were not satisfied with the sermons their new young minister had been preaching. One Sunday morning they placed a little slip of paper on the pulpit Bible where the minister would not fail to notice it when he ascended the platform. When he discovered the note he picked it up and read these two significant words: "Preach Jesus."—Gospel Herald.

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