Service Sermon Illustrations

Service Sermon Illustrations

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Souls Plus Lives For God

Win a man to Christ and save a soul, win a youth and save a soul plus a life. Someone said, "Win a child and you win a whole multiplication table."
The following chart based on insurance tables shows the average number of years of service for Christ which may be expected from those converted at various ages.

Conversion Age        Average expectancy of life service:
10 years                                  48 1/2 years
15 years                                  45 years
20 years                                  41 1/2 years
25 years                                  38 years
30 years                                  24 1/2 years
35 years                                  31 years
40 years                                  27 1/2 years
45 years                                  23 2/3years
50 years                                  20 1/4 years
60 years                                  13 1/2 years
70 years                                    8 1/2years
80 years                                    4 3/4 years

But there are other elements besides "expectancy of life service" involved. No day except now is promised us. The child of ten is not promised even the four and three-quarter years excepted of the average man of eighty. Even that isn't all. The pos­sibility of conversion becomes more and more difficult, the likelihood of conversion becomes less and less, as one grows in age.

How we need to get young people to listen to and to put into practice Solomon's words: "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them" (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

Children are like apples and apple trees—you can count all the apples on a tree, but you cannot count all the trees in an apple.


O use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where;
Until Thy blessed face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.—Frances R. Havergal


Well fare their hearts who will not only wear out their shoes but also their feet in God's service, and yet gain not a shoe latchet thereby.—Fuller

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