Soul Winning Sermon Illustrations

Soul Winning Sermon Illustrations

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Whose Boy Is in Danger

Dr. Cortland Meyers, of Brooklyn, relates the following story, as told by a ship's surgeon:

"On our last trip a boy fell overboard from the deck. I didn't know who he was, and the crew hastened to save him. They brought him on board the ship, took off his outer garments, turned him over a few times and worked his hands and feet. When they had done all that they knew how to do, I came up to be of assistance, and they said he was dead and beyond help. I turned away, as I said to them, 'I think you have done all you could,' but just then a sudden impulse told me I ought to go over and see what I could do. I went over and looked down into the boy's face and discovered it was my boy. Well, you may believe I didn't think the last thing had been done. I pulled off my coat and bent over that boy; I blew in his nostrils and breathed into his mouth; I turned him over and over; and simply begged God to bring him back to life, and for four hours I worked until, just at sunset, I began to see the least flutter of breath that told me he lived. Oh, I will never see another boy drown without taking off my coat the first instant and going to him and trying to save him as if I knew he were my own boy."

Are we as much interested in trying to save boys who are exposed to the curse of drink, the cigarette curse, and the social evil as if they were our own boys?

Are we concerned for the salvation from sin of those who are lost and away from God?

Are we doing all within our power to save them? Whose boy is in danger?—Selected.

Let Your Light Shine

Rev. J. Hudson Taylor tells the story of a Chinese pastor meeting a young convert and asking him if it were true that he had known the Lord for three months. The reply was, "Yes, it is blessedly true." The pastor then asked him, "How many have you won to Jesus?" "Oh," said the convert, "I am only a learner and never possessed a whole New Testament until yesterday." "Do you use candles in your home?" asked the pastor, "Yes." "Do you expect the candle to begin to shine only when it is burned half way down?" "No, as soon as it is lighted," said the convert. The young man saw the point and went to work immediately. Within six months he led several to the light. The Gospel messenger cannot save anyone, but he can prepare the way for Jesus to come into the heart and do the saving work.—Selected.

If we work upon marble, it will perish.
If we work upon brass, time will efface it.
If we rear temples, they will crumble to dust.

But if we work upon immortal souls, and embue them with just principles, the fear of God, and the love of their fellow men, we engrave on those tablets that which will brighten all eternity.—Daniel Webster.

A Fisher of Men

A commercial traveler, named Rigby, was compelled to spend a weekend every quarter in Edinburgh. He always worshipped in Dr. Alexander Whyte's church and always tried to persuade some other visitor to accompany him. On one occasion, having taken a Roman Catholic traveler there who thereby accepted Christ, he called on Dr. Whyte to tell him of the conversion. The doctor then asked his name, and on being told that it was Rigby, he exclaimed: "Why, you are the man I've been looking for for years!" He then went to his study and returned with a bundle of letters from which he read such extracts as these: "I was spending a weekend in Edinburgh some weeks ago, and a fellow-commercial named Rigby invited me to accompany him to St. George's. The message of that service changed my life." "I am a young man, and the other day I came to hear you preach at the invitation of a man called Rigby, and in that service I decided to dedicate my life to Christ." Dr. Whyte went on to say that twelve of the letters were from young men, of whom four had since entered the ministry.—Record of Christian Work

Soul Saving Service

In the graveyard of a Baptist church located a short distance from Barnegat Island off the South Jersey coast, are the graves of a captain and twelve sailors. They all perished one night in a severe storm, when they tried swimming ashore from their ship, which struck a sandbar, less than three hundred feet from the beach and was pounded to pieces by the raging waves.

William A. Newell, who lived only a short distance away from where this happened was an eyewitness of this tragic event. He was sorely distressed and heavily burdened, because of his inability to offer any assistance. On many occasions he declared to his neighbors, "They could have been saved if a determined effort had been made from shore, to rescue them." There were those who told him to forget it. Seven years later, Mr. Newell was elected to Congress where promptly he introduced a bill for the establishment of a Life Saving Service. The usual thing happened, it died in committee.

"Introduce that bill again this coming session of Congress. I am interested and will help you," said Abraham Lincoln who served as a member of Congress at that time, to the sponsor of the Life Saving Service. John Quincy Adams, who occupied a seat behind Mr. Newell, assured him of his support. It was attached as an amendment to the Lighthouse Bill and became a law, mal:- ing provision for lifeboats, rockets and other equipment and devices for the preservation of life and property along the New Jersey coast. In course of time, this life service was extended and today, there are hundreds of rescue stations manned by thousands of life-savers, at a cost of millions of dollars. Mr. Newell won the approval and admiration of the voters of New Jersey and subsequently was elected governor of his State.—Gospel Herald.

"Just Brass"

Howard W. Pope, in the American Messenger, says: "When Major D. W. Whittle was in business, before he gave all his time to Christian work, a woman came into his office one day and said: "Major Whittle, my husband was greatly impressed with the services last night, and he promised me that he would come down and see you this morning. Did he come?' Yes,' said the major. 'Well, what did he say?"Why, he just asked the price of brass, and talked around a little.' Oh!' said the wife, 'that was just an excuse for his coming; but what did you say to him?' I am sorry to say,' said the major, 'that all I talked about was just brass, too.' That was a lesson to me,' said the major, 'which I can never forget.' And it may be that all of us can learn a lesson from his mistake."

"That Makes No Matter"

A writer in one of the Methodist papers recalls a story concerning the late Dr. Rigg, a well-known Methodist preacher of half a century ago. In the early days of the Salvation Army the good doctor was approached by a devoted lassie, who asked, "Are you saved?" "Go away!" was the reply. "No, I can't go away," replied the girl. "Are you saved?" "My good girl," replied the incensed doctor, "I would have you know that I am President of the Wesleyan Conference." "That makes no matter," was her response; "there's hope even for the vilest!"—Christian Herald.

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