Salvation Sermon Illustrations

Salvation Sermon Illustrations

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Salvation So Great

The Salvation God offers is `so great' because—

1. Announced by an incomparable Preacher:

2. Attested by infallible proofs:

3. Accomplished at an infinite price:

4. Administered by an invincible prince:

5. Accompanied by inestimable privileges.

How shall we escape if we 'neglect so great salvation?

(Heb. 2. 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 14, 18)

Salvation: Twofold

About 65 years ago an English young lad on a visit to a rural community in Scotland set out to enjoy a swim in a small lake. Seized with cramp while some distance from the shore, he shouted for help, and a young farmer boy in a nearby field plunged into the lake and brought him to the shore.

Years passed before the two met again. The city youth came again to ask the boy who had saved his life what plans he had for the future, and learnt that his ambition was to study medicine. So the youth's parents, who were wealthy, put at the young farm lad's disposal the money needed for his education.

The farm lad graduated and embarked on a career of scientific research. In 1928 he found that a new drug called penicillin killed all germs. The name of the farm lad who became famous as a doctor was Alexander Fleming.

The London youth also had risen to fame. He went to the Near East to meet Roosevelt and Stalin during the Second World War, and was there stricken with pneumonia. His condition was critical, so penicillin, the drug discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming, the farm boy who had saved his life in youth, was flown out to the sick man, and his life was again saved. For the second time Alexander Fleming had saved the life of Winston Churchill, then Prime Minister of Britain.

(Heb. 7. 24, 25)

Let none stand back, as if their sins were too great to be forgiven, or their case too bad to be cured. Jesus is an Advocate who never lost a cause, a Physician who never lost a patient.—Guthrie

Salvation! oh the joyful sound!
Tis pleasure to our ears;
A sovereign balm for every wound,
A cordial for our fears.
Buried in sorrow and in sin,
At hell's dark door we lay;
But we arise by grace divine
To see a heavenly day.
Salvation! let the echo fly
The spacious earth around;
While all the armies of the sky
Conspire to raise the sound.—Isaac Watts

The Salvation of Youth

The following statistics show us the importance of winning souls in their youth:
Nineteen out of every twenty who ever get saved do so before they reach the age of twenty-five.

After twenty-five, only one in 10,000.
After thirty-five, only one in 50,000.
After forty-five, only one in 200,000.
After fifty-five, only one in 300,000.
After sixty-five, only one in 500,000.
After seventy-five, only one in 700,000.

A test was made in a meeting where 4,100 were present. The result was: 400 were saved before ten years of age. 600 were saved between twelve and fourteen. 600 were saved between fourteen and sixteen. One thousand were saved between sixteen and twenty. Twenty-five were saved after thirty years of age. 1,875 were unsaved.

If you are unsaved at 25 years of age, the chances are five thousand to one against you.

If you are 35 and still unsaved, the chances are 25,000 to one against you.

If you are 45 and still unsaved, the chances are 80,000 to one against you.

If you are fifty and still outside of Christ, the chances are 150,000 to one against you.

If you are 75, and still unsaved, the chances are almost the same as doomed and damned.

Moreover, from the viewpoint of service, not salvation, it is more important to win a child to faith in Christ than to win a grown person. A boy won to faith in Christ at ten is a Christian plus sixty years of service, according to the three-score-and-ten span of life. A man won to faith in Christ at sixty is a Christian plus ten years of service—according to the seventy years as the span of life. How much more is a Christian plus sixty years of service worth to the kingdom of Christ?

He Did His Part

"The son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10).
That man is an utterly lost sinner who could never find his own way back to God, is a very unpalatable truth for the average natural man or woman. We all like to think there is something we can do to help save ourselves, whereas, according to God's Word we are not only lost, but without ability to retrieve our condition. It is remarkable how apt the colored folks are in quick illustrations of spiritual realities, as the following instance will show.

A recent convert, a colored man, rose in a meeting to give his testimony to the saving grace of God. He told how the Lord had won his heart and given deliverance from the guilt and power of sin. He spoke of Christ and His work, but said nothing of any efforts of his own.

The leader of the meeting was of a legalistic turn of mind, and when the negro's testimony was ended, he said, "Our brother has only told us of the Lord's part in his salvation. When I was converted there was a whole lot I had to do myself before I could expect the Lord to do anything for me. Brother, didn't you do your part first before God did His?" The other was on his feet again in an instant and replied: "Yes, sah, Ah clear done forgot. Ah didn't tell you 'bout my part, did I? Well, Ah did my part for over thirty years, runnin' away from God as fast as evah my sins could carry me. That was my part. An' God took aftah me till He run me down. That was His part." It was well put and tells the story that every redeemed sinner understands.

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