World Sermon Illustrations

World Sermon Illustrations

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World—or the Word?

A rich lord in England who was a friend of Royalty years ago was converted. He lost his taste at once for the pleasures of the Court and the high society into which his state brought him. He retired from it all, and in the country district where he had his residence used to gather to break bread with a very few humble folk.

He began to love his Bible, and soon found that his gardener who had been a believer for years knew much more about it than he. Often he would walk out of his large mansion and search for his gardener. On finding him he would tell him to put down his tools for an hour and bring his Bible, and there they would talk over the Scriptures, the lord asking the questions and finding great joy in the new treasures he had discovered in the Word as shown to him by the humble gardener. An hour spent like this was far sweeter to him than an invitation to court. In fact the society of the world became painful to him, while the fellowship of believers was very precious.—A. L. Goold (India)

(Rom. 12. 2; 1 John 2. 15-17)


If you go to the banks of a little stream and watch the flies that come and bathe in it, you will notice that, while they plunge their bodies, they keep their wings high out of the water and fly away with their wings unwet. Now, that is the lesson for us. Here we are, immersed in the cares and business of the world, but let us keep the wings of our faith and love out of the world so that, with these unclogged, we may be ready to take our flight to heaven.—Charles Inglis

The Christian is not ruined by living in the world, but by the world living in him.

(John 17. 16-19; Gal. 6. 14; 1 John 2. 15-17)


The world is like an ocean. In the world we are boats. A boat is only useful in the water: if the boat is in the water, it is useful. If the water is in the boat, it will sink beneath the waves. Therefore bale out the water.—Sadhu Sundar Singh

(John 17. 16-18; Rom. 12. 2; James 4. 4)


A greatly-used minister of the Word of God who had a wide and accurate knowledge of the Scriptures was approached, after one of his addresses, by one of his audience who said, 'I'd give the world to know the Scriptures as you know them.' His immediate reply was—`And that's just what it cost me—the world.'

(Gal. 1. 4; Phil. 3. 19, 20)


The world is like the statue of a virgin made of wood and iron which used to stand in the museum at Strassburg. When a victim approached, the virgin opened her arms to receive him; but, when once she had enfolded her victim, she closed on him with a hundred knives and lances, and then dropped him into a gulf. So the world mocks her lovers. But Daniel was never mocked by the world, because he loved not this present world but loved God.

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