Youth Sermon Illustrations

Youth Sermon Illustrations

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Grown Cold

I once saw, lying side by side in a great workshop, two heads made of metal. The one was perfect,—all the features of a manly, noble face came out clear and distinct in their lines of strength and beauty; in the other scarcely a single feature could be recognized,—it was all marred and spoiled. "The metal had been allowed to grow a little too cool, sir," said the man who was showing it to me. I could not help thinking how true that was of many a form more precious than the metal. Many a young soul that might be stamped with the image and superscription of the King while it is warm with the love and glow of early youth, is allowed to grow too cold, and the image is marred.—Sunday School Times.

The Ideal Boy

The question was recently asked of young women students at the Moody Bible Institute, "What do you look for in a Christian young man?" Replied one of the first-term girls:

"I like to believe that the age of chivalry is not dead—that Christian mothers are raising their sons to love, honor and respect women.

"I'm glad I'm a Christian and can look forward to God's choice for my mate; and while I've never submitted this order to my Lord, here is my idea of the ideal boy:

"He loves the Lord with his whole heart, and is a servant of mankind for Jesus' sake. He is quiet and serious by nature, but possessed of a gratifying sense of humor. Nobility of character and gentleness of spirit mark him as a man of God.

"He is an aggressive person, not slothful in business; fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.

"Because he loves his fellow men he is always friendly and courteous. His manners, above reproach. His conversation, such as becomes a son of the King. He is patient, kind, and forgiving, willing to acknowledge his own shortcomings rather than to judge another's.

"I'll be a busy helpmate—when I find him—for I'll be everlastingly patching his clothes, especially the knees of his trousers!"—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

Give me, oh! give me back the days of my youth,
Poor, yet how rich!—my glad inheritance,
The inextinguishable love of truth,
While life's realities were all romance,
Give me, oh! give youth's passions unconfined,
The rush of joy that felt almost like pain,
Its hate, its love, its own tumultous pain,
Give me my youth again!—Goethe.

The world winks at the sins of young men; and yet they are none so little after all the bones of our youthful feastings at Satan's table will stick painfully in our throats when we are old men. He who presumes upon his youth is poisoning his old age. How large a tear may wet this page as some of us reflect upon the past! (Spurgeon). "O Lord, remember not my sins, but remember me!"—Selected.

Sunday Schools Instead of Jails

For five years Mayor E. H. Couch, of Guntersville, Alabama, has been sending minor offenders of all ages to Sunday School instead of levying fines or jail sentences. Only recently did the plan become known. Then it was found that not one over 100 so sentenced reappeared before Mayor Couch charged with any crime. About half of the culprits became regular attendants at Sunday School after their sentences expired. Most of them, before their sentences, had never been to Sunday School. When the plan was divulged, Mayor Couch made the following statement:

"I thought it was better to send offenders to a place where they would be in company with our best citizens rather than to the one place where in Guntersville they are sure to be thrown with our worst. For success of the idea I did not make public that they were being made to go to Sunday School. Then they would have been embarrassed."—The Watchman-Examiner.

The Ideal Girl

When young men were asked, "What do you look for in a Christian young woman?" one student replied:

"Assembling the following thoughts was not an easy job, but I believe that they cover almost everything anyway. I look for a girl who:

"1. Seeks God's will first.
"2. Has associates that I like.
"3. Is liked by my associates.
"4. Will give me the benefit of a doubt.
"5. Is neat and orderly in her appearance as well as in her work.
"6. Is practical.
"7. Is thoughtful about small things.
"8. Is a deep thinker, not just a silly talker.
"9. Manages her spare time wise13, such as in athletics.
"10. Is tactful.
"11. Is not agreeable at the expense of righteousness."

Wrote another boy student: "The worst predicament possible for me would be an unhappy marriage. Therefore, take away the nagging neurotic, the giggling no-account, the gossiping gadabout, the spendthrift socialite, or the painted plutocrat—a mixture of artificialities which leave me in doubt as to where the humbug ends and the woman begins.

"Give me a strong, sound, sociable, serious, sensible servant of our Saviour, burdened for souls and selected for the same field of service as I.

"Give me a champion cook, a child-cherishing, cheerful, chary, charming, capable, compassionate companion, and I'm certain of continual contentment."—The Moody Student.

"Even in Ophrah!" You would think that if Gideon was going to forget God and worship idols, he would have set up his idol anywhere save in Ophrah, with the great and holy memories of his youth. Yet is not this what we often see in life, idols built in Ophrah? Take the man who has long ceased to name the name of God back to the church of his youth, back to the old family pew, and let him sit there and call up the days and the faces that are gone; let him think of the youth, the child, that once sat there with a heart that was free from the stain of sin; and let him compare that child, as pure as the morning dew, with the sated sinner worshiping the idols of this world.

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