Soul Winning Sermon Illustrations

Soul Winning Sermon Illustrations

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A Chinese Woman's Testimony

A Christian blind woman became concerned regarding a blind friend who had never head the Gospel. She took a journey of two days over high mountains to bring her the good news of salvation. The friend was saved, and in answer to prayer her blind eyes were opened. Within an hour after her healing the whole city knew that she could see. All day she received visitors, to whom she testified about Christ. Later she learned to read, and the Lord has greatly used her in the women's evangelistic band. As a result of her work, there is now a self-supporting church of a hundred members. Other remarkable healings are on record, enough to assure to any reasonable person the certainty of miracle.—Letter from Madame Chiang Kai-shek, concerning work of China Inland Mission, quoted in Sunday School Times

Heart Cries of Soul Winners

Give me Scotland or I die!—John Knox.

If my eternal salvation depended on winning a thousand souls to Christ within the next ten years, I would not attempt to do it from the pulpit. I would come right down and go after souls.—Bishop Jesse Peck.

Young man, young woman, make the most of your life. Go after souls. Go after them the best way you know, but go after them. Do not listen to those who warn you that you will offend and drive away by your persistence. Go after souls. Go after them by public and private testimony. Go after them by service and by prayer. But go after them. Go after them with love and a burdened heart. Go after them by kind deeds. Go after them by song and praise. Go after them when they are bereaved and in sorrow. Go after them when they are especially favored of God and men But go after them. This soul-winning life is your life—make the most of it.—J. B. Chapman.

One of Wesley's biographers said, "He was out of breath pursuing souls." Whitefield's cenotaph has carved upon it a blazing heart. The seal on Ada in Clarke's grave is a candle burned down to its socket, and underneath are the words, "In living for others, I am burned away."—F. A. Daw, The Free Methodist

Personal Contact Wins

Dr. Cortland Myers one Sunday morning spoke to a young man who stood in the vestibule of Tremont Temple. He said to the youth, "I hope you are a Christian." To Dr. Myers' amazement the young man replied, "No, I am not a Christian; but I know you, and I have heard you preach for seven years." Dr. Myers then took him aside, and they had a heart-to-heart talk. What seven years of preaching Sunday after Sunday had failed to do, was accomplished in a few minutes.—Courtesy of Moody Monthly

Responsibility for Others

A company of reapers are seated beneath the shade taking their noontide repast. They see a solitary figure crossing the field with slow and irregular steps. He carries a staff before him, and now and then trips and stumbles on the unseen surface. They perceive that he is blind. He is out of the path, too, and has no guide. A little way off in the direction he is following is a precipice, looking sheer down a hundred feet. He moves on toward the brow, piloted with his staff! Nearer and nearer he draws all unconscious of what is before him.

They who watch him are silent and unmoved; no voice is lifted up, no hand is stretched out. They see him pacing steadily to the awful verge. His staff meeting no obstacle, slips from his hand into the abyss. He takes a step forward and stoops to recover it; still no warning from the reapers. His foot overhangs vacancy; his bending form leans from the brink. A wild cry and he is gone! What have they done? Nothing. They did not put out his eyes; they did not lead him to the precipice; they did not push him down; they have done nothing; they have only neglected to do; and yet his blood shall be required at their hands.

We are not responsible for the sins of others, but God will not hold us guiltless if we fail to warn them according to His commands.—Sunday School Journal.

In the Same Way

An old man, so the story runs, once lost a banknote in his barn. Said he to himself : "That note certainly is in the barn somewhere, and I will search for it until I find it." After long and patient seeking, he found the note and returned to the house and related the circumstance to his wife. A few weeks later, having been awakened to a sense of his spiritual state, he asked his wife, "What must I do to become a Christian?" She replied, "You must seek Christ as you sought the bank note until you find Him." And he did so.—Pentecostal Herald.

Simple Words Blessed

Illustrating the ease with which souls can sometimes be won, Bishop C. C. McCabe (U. S. A.) tells how when paying a cabman he grasped his hand and said: "I hope to meet you in Glory." He had often done the same before, but this time the arrow went home.

About midnight the man came back to the house, and insisted on seeing the bishop, although he had retired, assuring the host that the bishop would see him, which was the case. When they met tears were on his cheeks. He said: "If I am to meet you in Glory, I have got to turn round. I have come to ask you to pray for me." And what a privilege it was to point him to Jesus!—Pathway of Blessing.

An Old Indian's Record

On one of my trips to Guatemala, Mr. Burgess asked me whether I would give a few Indian men special lessons in soul-winning. Just imagine trying to teach this man when you hear the story. Anselmo was sitting on the fourth seat back. While speaking I turned to this old man and said, "Tell me, Anselmo, how many have you led to Jesus this year?" (This was about the twelfth of February.) The old man's face fell. He said, "Ah, Senor, very few." I said, "Tell me how many." He said, "There are not more than thirty, Senor." Early in July of that year, I received a letter from this old man, and it contained a list of 144 whom he had led to Christ before the first of July. That would be a life work for most Christians in America.—Christ Life.

When Heinz Was Rebuked

Everyone knows of Heinz, of the "fifty-seven varieties," but few know of his zeal as a soul-winner. At a revival meeting one day, the minister turned to him and said, "You are a Christian man; why aren't you up and at it?" He went home in anger, and went to bed, but could not sleep. At four o'clock in the morning he prayed that God would make him a power in His work, and then went to sleep. At the next meeting of bank presidents which he attended shortly afterward, he turned to the man next to him and spoke to him of the Christian life. His friend looked at him in amazement and said, "I've wondered many times why you never spoke to me about it if you really believed in Christ." That man was the first of 267 souls which Heinz won to Christ after that time.—The King's Business.

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