Salvation Sermon Illustrations

Salvation Sermon Illustrations

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"Help Him Up"

It is said that the Duke of Norfolk, once tipsy, hiccoughed to a drunken friend in the gutter: "My dear fellow, I can't help you out, but I'll do better, I'll lie down by your side."

The only way to help a man out of sin is to be on the solid rock (Christ Jesus) above him, and help him up to that Rock. Don't get down in the gutter with him!Christian Victory.


He First Gives Us His Nature

In Egypt a Christian worker was trying to show the way of salvation to a young soldier who supposed he could become a Christian by "being good." Finally the truth dawned on him that God was offering him a gift, and he exclaimed: "I see it now! God does not expect me to live His life without first giving me His nature."The Dawn.


"Are You Saved?"

Four years after the "Titanic" went down, a young Scotchman rose in a meet­ing in Hamilton, Can., and said, "I am a survivor of the `Titanic.' When I was drifting alone on a spar on that awful night, the tide brought Mr. John Harper, of Glasgow, also on a piece of wreck, near me. `Man,' he said, `are you saved?' 'No,' I said, `I am not.' He replied, 'Be­lieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' The waves bore him away; but, strange to say, they brought him back a little nearer, and he said, 'Are you saved now?' `No,' I said, 'I cannot honestly say that I am.' He said again, `Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' Shortly after­wards, he went down, and there, alone in the night, and with two miles of water under me, I believed. I am John Harper's last convert."—Selected.


"Have It Charged"

Once, in a Sunday School, a visitor was asked to take charge of the Primary Class for that session, the regular teacher being absent.

The stranger accepted, and, on entering the room, learned that the lesson was from the 55th chapter of Isaiah.

The beautiful first verse was read aloud, namely:

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price."

The leader thought this text might be intelligently taught to senior pupils, but could "wee bairns" be made to understand how to buy "without money"? The invitation seemed so difficult to explain to little folks, that the teacher just silently prayed for light upon the subject.

Immediately, another beautiful verse came into his mind, namely, "A little child shall lead them"; and believing God meant that perhaps one of the little scholars could better explain what Isaiah's text was intended to teach, the class listened carefully while he read the first verse once more.

When asked to say what they thought the Prophet meant by inviting people to "buy . . . without money," a little girl, only six years old, promptly answered:

"Please, sir! have it charged."

"Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe,
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow."

Jesus asks us to place the purchase price to His account.—Gospel Herald.


Things Unchanged, But—

A young girl who was dissatisfied with her home life, and was always talking of her grievances and showing her discontent in voice, look, and manner surprised a friend one day by her quick step, bright smile, and happy voice. "How are things at home?" asked the friend, thinking that some good news had made the change. "Oh, everything is just the same, but I am different," was the reply. The grace of God will make us new creatures in Christ Jesus.—Christian Witness.


The Greater Honor

The story is told of Dean Stanley, who offered to take two soldiers around Westminster Abbey, seeing they had come too late for the official guide to conduct them through the historic shrine. Dean Stanley explained all he knew about the noble people whose names were inscribed on the walls and tablets, and in brass letters on the floor. As the soldiers were about to pass out of the gates, the saintly Dean said, "Now, lads, you may never do anything great enough for your country to keep your names in remembrance carved here in Westminster, but I can tell you of a greater honor than that of having your name in this old Abbey, that is, of having it written in the Lamb's Book of Life."—Selected.


Salvation, Not Reformation

A party of friends went to pay a visit to an old parish church which was of great interest. They applied for admission, and the sexton gave them the key, saying: "You can unlock the door and go in, and I will come to you directly." They went to the door, put the key in the lock, and tried to open it, but they could not turn the key. They turned and twisted, but to no effect, and had just given up in despair when the sexton arrived. "We cannot make this lock shoot," said one of the party. "I beg your pardon," said the sexton, "for giving you so much trouble. I quite forgot to tell you that the door is not locked at all. All you need to do is just to lift the latch and walk in."

A great many are like them. They try by their own efforts to unlock the door of salvation, but all their efforts are a waste of time. Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ long ago unlocked the door, and all we need to do is just to lift the latch and by faith walk in.Sunday Circle.


Sincerity Does Not Save

"We do not think it matters much what religion a man professes, so long as he is sincere." This is a fearful mis­take. Let us test your sincerity of such a notion. Your child is taken very ill, you need a doctor, you start to run for him. You know the name of the street he lives in, but you do not know where it is situated. Never mind that, you keep on running. "Stop, friend, stop!" cries a neighbor, "you're running the wrong way." "Never mind! I am sincere, look how hard I am running." But you never reach the doctor, and your child dies. Sincerity on the wrong road means traveling faster to eternal destruction.—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

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