Salvation Sermon Illustrations

Salvation Sermon Illustrations

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"Beauty for Ashes!"

A missionary teacher of Tokyo tells of a Japanese woman who asked her if only beautiful girls were received into her school to be educated. "No," was the reply, "we take all the girls who come to us." "But," continued the woman, "all your girls seem to be very beautiful." "We teach them the value of their souls in God's sight," explained the teacher, "and this makes their faces lovely." "Well," said the woman, "I don't want my daughter to become a Christian, but I would like to send her to your school to get that look in her face."—Christian Herald.

Saved to the Uttermost

A noted English preacher, after preaching a sermon one Sunday evening on "The Sufficiency of Christ," was followed into the vestry by a plain workingman, who said, "Did you finish your sermon just now?"

The preacher answered, "Yes, I think so; I meant to finish."

"No," said the other man, earnestly. "I think there was something you did not say, and it is a part which I never like to have left out."

The preacher was now most interested, and said, "What is it?"

"Why," he said, "years ago I was brought to Christ, and a terrible total I took to Him, and placed it down at the Cross, and I thought all was right; but it was not. The next morning my skies were gray. The next day I was down in the Valley of Humiliation, fighting with Apollyon, and he won. My temptation was drink. I fell, and I fell again, till everybody ceased to believe in me, and I ceased to believe in myself and held myself in contempt. But at last in desperation, I raised my hands to Heaven, and said, 'Lord Jesus, I claim Thy promise, and I claim Thy power.' Look at me tonight; for five years He has kept me as I am, and I am willing to praise Him. The next time you stand up to declare the truth in His Name, preach, I beseech you, that Christ is able to save to the uttermost."—Selected.

A Soldier's Gift

In the annual report of the Open Air Mission, a British soldier writes: "I gave my heart to Jesus at Halton Park Mission Hut twenty years ago last February. I forget all about the sermon, but I still remember the last hymn—`Alas ! and aid my Saviour bleed.' And when we came to the last verse,

"But drops of grief can ne'er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give myself away,
'Tis all that I can do.—

the missioner asked all who could sing that in sincerity and truth to stand up while the others remained seated. I stood up, and my heart went with the words, and I was born again. And I am glad to tell you that I am still rejoicing in Him, my Saviour and Friend."—Sunday School Times.

The Drink of Death—or Life

A missionary in India had been speaking about the "Water of Life," and pointed to a fountain close by where people were drinking and filling their pots. A Moslem bystander said, "Your religion may be compared to a little stream of water, but Islam is like a great sea." "Yes," replied the missionary, "but there is just this difference: men drink sea water and die of thirst, while they drink of the living water and live."—Selected.

Righteousness, More Than Morality

A young artist had wrought long upon an angel statue and concealed himself that he might hear what the master Michelangelo would say about it. The master looked upon it awhile, with breathless suspense, and the young artist waited, expecting his verdict. He heard Michelangelo say, "It lacks only one thing." So nearly broken-hearted did the young sculptor become that he could neither eat nor sleep until a friend of his in deep concern for him, made his way to Michelangelo's studio and inquired what it was the statue lacked. The great artist said, "Man, it lacks only life; with life it would be as perfect as God Himself could make it."

Many cannot see the difference between a man's morality and a Christian's righteousness. Why a moral man should not simply grow better and better until he is good enough to enter the kingdom of God, they say they cannot see. A man's morality is the mere outward adornment of the flesh; a Christian's righteousness is the fruit of an indwelling Spirit—the Spirit of Christ.—W. E. Biederwolf, in The Man Who Said He Would.

The Mercy of God's Justice

In reply to a question as to how she expected to be saved an old saint replied, "Through the justice of God." The questioning cleric corrected, "You mean through the mercy of God, do you not?" But the maturer scholar in God's school persisted: "Through the justice of God. 'He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.'"—Sunday School Times.

Mink Coats or Spiritual Garments

Columnist E. V. Durling is amazed at the eagerness of women to wear mink coats. He says: "It is understandable that a woman would enjoy and be thrilled at wearing a mink coat. But why is the desire to wear such a garment so intense that women place it among their outstanding ambitions? The things a woman will agree to do to own or even be allowed to wear a mink coat are astonishing. A New Jersey woman, finding it impossible to get a maid in the normal way, added to her advertisement: 'Maid can wear my mink coat on her day off.' She received over 600 answers, and now has the most efficient maid she ever had." Our amazement Is somewhat different. We marvel that more women, as well as men, do not allow the Lord to clothe them with the "garments of salvation" and the "robe of righteousness" (Isa. 61:10). Costly as are mink coats, they cannot compare in value with that of these spiritual garments!—Now.

A Chinese Nicodemus

A missionary couple to a far interior town of China were up early on Christmas morning. The day promised to be full of opportunities for Christ, through them. In China it is the custom to celebrate any special occasion by paying respect to friends with a call. To make a visit to anyone in the name of Christmas was to make a greater impression for Christ than almost anything they could do. While they were checking the list of those they must visit, a call came from outside. The gatekeeper soon announced the name of a "gentry" whom the missionaries had been trying to win for years. With a sigh, the missionary wife said: "I wonder what your Nicodemus wants so early in the morning?" "My Christmas greetings in the name of Christ!" said the missionary. The Chinese merely waved his hand slightly toward the open gate. "A very humble remembrance of this great day." The missionary's eyes fell on a new insignia over his gateway. He recognized his name, and above it, John 3:16. Instead of thanking him, the missionary asked eagerly, "Can this mean—?" "Yes, I believe." This Christmas gift was his token of belief and love. Later the missionary said to his wife : "Our Nicodemus has claimed the very love message, the heart of the whole matter, that Jesus gave His Nicodemus. He has hung it over our gate as a token of his belief and as a message for all who pass this way."—Teacher.

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