Sermon Illustrations and Preacher Stories

NEWEST: Feb 2015

(Salvation) “A dear friend of mine who was quite a lover of the chase, told me the following story: ‘Rising early one morning,’ he said, ‘I heard the baying of a score of deerhounds in pursuit of their quarry. Looking away to a broad, open field in front of me, I saw a young fawn making its way across, and giving signs, moreover, that its race was well-nigh run. Reaching the rails of the enclosure, it leaped over and crouched within ten feet from where I stood. A moment later two of the hounds came over, when the fawn ran in my direction and pushed its head between my legs. I lifted the little thing to my breast, and, swinging round and round, fought off the dogs. I felt, just then, that all the dogs in the West could not, and should not capture that fawn after its weakness had appealed to my strength.’ So is it, when human helplessness appeals to Almighty God. Well do I remember when the hounds of sin were after my soul, until, at last, I ran into the arms of Almighty God.” — A. C. DIXON. (From The Necessity Of Prayer, E. M. Bounds).

Jan 2015

(Prayer) “Do you recall the bible story of the conversion of Paul of Tarsus? When he went to Damascus blinded by the vision of the Lord? The Lord spoke to a very anonymous disciple Ananias and said “Ananias go into Damascus and give that man his site.” Ananias thought he knew God’s business better than He did said “Lord, you can’t do that, Your’e making a mistake. This man is a great enemy of the church. He tries to kill every Christian he meets. Don’t touch him, we daren’t touch him, better leave him alone.” And what was God’s answer? “Ananias, don’t be afraid of him, behold he prays.”

What an amazing thing for the Lord to say. It seems as if the angels of have folded in their wings as to look down on earth and at a proud self rightious pharasee who for years as a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin has said his prayers for hours everyday. But he had never prayed.

The one person who really matters in this service tonight is the Lord Jesus. The only one whom we can not see but who’s presence is the most real thing of all and I wonder what He says about each of us. “Behold he preaches, behold he sings, behold he plays, behold he speaks, behold he works.” Oh, can he look down upon your heart and mine and say “behold he prays”?” Alan Redpath, Resources For Christian Living


If you are out here in a back corner somewhere worshipping in an old whitewashed chickenhouse, that chickenhouse can be a church. Wherever God is, thetre you will find His Church Hallelujah.

In our own conference, few years back a young man got newly saved. The call to preach was on him, but there was no place for him to preach, for it was in the middle of the year. Fire was burning in his soul, so he went out and took over an old chickenhouse. He swept out the manure and whitewashed the walls with a brush. A few others came in to help. They boarded up the windows on the outside, put a couple of old oil stoves in there, and began to have meeting. God came, souls were saved, a church was established and the kingdom built up.

Right across the street was a fine, lofty church where the fire once fell and the glory once came, where holiness was once preached and the Bible was once taught. Now it was a habitation of bats and owls. What made the difference? The difference was God’s presence; Not the building, not the block, not the stone, but the presence of God!
Christ Preeminent, H. E. Schmul


(Temptation/God will not tempt us above that we are able) “It’s like, here’s an engineer and he’s testing a piece of machinery and he’s putting it under severe pressure and he watches it being tested. He particularly has his eyes on the temperature gauge. He watches as the temperature goes up and when it reaches a danger point he releases a valve that takes off the pressure so that the pressure may be able to escape. God will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able, but will with the temptation provide a way of escape. God knows when to take off the pressure.” Alan Redpath,

(Humility) “Ever since I first saw myself as God sees me I’ve never been able to be angry with people critical of me because I’ve said to the Lord; “Lord you know, the truth is about one hundred times worse than that.” Alan Redpath

(Rejecting The Gospel) “A “no” response is a response. If a little baby was in a home and that little child was dying and there was hope that a Dr. might be able help and the lazy man lay in his bed and nobody could get him to get up and go for, or call a Dr. and the child lay there and moaned. He say’s “I’m indifferent”, no, he was not indifferent, no indifference there. It was not indifference, he was against that child and loved his own comfort better than the child.
So when the message of Christ comes and He stands and say’s “come unto me all ye that labor and are heaven laden I will give you rest” We’re responding even though we’re doing nothing. It’s a negative response.” A. W. Tozer, What Think Ye Of Christ

(PREACHERS AND PREACHING) “One pastor never prepared during the week, and on Sunday morning he’d sit on the platform while the church was singing the hymns desperately praying, “Lord, give your message, Lord give me your message.” One Sunday, while desperately praying for God’s message, he heard the Lord say, “Ralph, here’s my message. You’re lazy!” Unknown. (I generally never use God speaking in an illustration unless it is a biblical quote but this is an exception because there are lazy preachers out there!).

(PREACHERS & PREACHING) “The world does not need sermons; it needs a message. You can go to seminary and learn how to preach sermons, but you will have to go to God to get messages.” Oswald J. Smith.

(CHRISIAN WALK) “Graham Scroggie used to say “Far too many Christian people are on the right side of pardon but the wrong side of power. The right side of forgiveness but the wrong side of fellowship. The right side of Easter but the wrong side of Pentecost.” Alan Redpath

(WORLDLINESS) “A worldly Christian is like a ship which has sprung a leak and the water is pouring in. It’s a lovely thing, it’s a wonderful thing when a ship is in the sea, but when the sea is in the ship it’s disaster and a Christian is meant to be in the world but when the world gets in the Christian he’s heading for disaster.” Alan Redpath, Salvation, sermon

(WORSHIP) “When the saintly Brother Lawrence was dying, somebody asked him what he was doing. Without hesitation Brother Lawrence simply said, ‘I’m just doing what I’ve been doing for 40 years and expect to be doing throughout eternity.’ ‘What’s that?’ the person inquired. ‘Worshipping God.’ As far as Brother Lawrence was concerned, dying was secondary, just an item on his agenda. His occupation was worshipping God above and before all other things. He had been worshipping God for 40 years, and facing death did not change that…That is what you are here for, to glorify God and enjoy Him thoroughly and forever, telling the universe how great God is.” A.W. Tozer

(GOD’s Care For Us) “The one who plants a flower, waters it, cares for it, and watches the development of each tiny shoot and bud, cares more for that flower and has a deeper interest in it than has the one who merely stops for a few minutes to admire its full-blown beauty and to enjoy its fragrance. To the one it is only one plant out of many, but to the other it has a special meaning and attraction and worth, because its bloom and fragrance are the result of his labor, care, and patience. It is his plant. So it is with God.” Charles Wesley Naylor

(Victory) “In the war between France and England previous to the Revolution, an English drummer, not more than fifteen years of age, having wandered from camp too near the French line’s, was seized and brought before the French commander. On being asked who he was, he answered, “A drummer in the English service.” This not gaining credit, a drum was sent for and he was asked to beat a couple of marches, which he accordingly did. The Frenchman’s suspicions, however, not yet quite removed, he asked the boy to beat a retreat. “A retreat, sir?” said the boy, “I don’t know what that is.” And, long ago the word retreat was banished from the vocabulary of the Christian. It is a feature of military tactics about which he knows nothing. With him it is always “Onward!” It is victory through the blood of the Lamb.”

(Temptation/Victory) “A classical illustration of the two ways of resisting temptation is found among the beautiful myths that cloud the dawn of Grecian history. In the wanderings of Ulysses after the taking of Troy, the wind drove his ship near to the island of the Sirens, somewhere near the west coast of Italy. These enchantresses were fabled to have the power of charming by their songs anyone who heard them, so that he died in an ecstasy of delight. When the ship of Ulysses approached these deadly charmers, who were sitting on the lovely beach endeavoring to lure him and his crew to destruction, he filled the ears of his companions with wax, and with a rope tied himself to the mast, until he was so far off that he could no longer hear their song. By this painful process they escaped.”

(Overcoming Sin) “But when the Argonauts, in pursuit of the golden fleece, passed by the Sirens singing with sweetness, Jason, instead of binding himself to the mast and stuffing the ears of his men with wax, commanded Orpheus, who was on board the ship, to strike his lyre. His song so surpassed in sweetness that of the charmers, that their music seemed harsh discord. The Sirens, seeing them sail by unmoved, threw themselves into the sea and were metamorphosed into rocks. They had been conquered with their own weapons. Melody had surpassed melody.”

(Joy) “Here is set forth the secret of Christian triumph. Joy must conquer joy. The joy of the Holy Ghost in the heart must surpass all the pleasures of sense. When all Heaven is warbling in the believer’s ear, the whispers of the tempter grate upon the purified sensibilities as saw-filing rasps the nerves.”

(Joy/Sin) “The joy of the Lord is your strength,” to resist sin as well as to endure toil. Fullness of joy is the Christian’s shield. Christ has such a shield for every believer.” Mile-Stone Papers

(God Cares For Us) “He watches over the development of our lives; he notes every step of progress. The one who plants a flower, waters it, cares for it, and watches the development of each tiny shoot and bud, cares more for that flower and has a deeper interest in it than has the one who merely stops for a few minutes to admire its full-blown beauty and to enjoy its fragrance. To the one it is only one plant out of many, but to the other it has a special meaning and attraction and worth, because its bloom and fragrance are the result of his labor, care, and patience. It is his plant. So it is with God. He gave us our being; he has nourished and protected us and watched us develop day by day; he is interested in us and desires our lives to bloom and send forth a fragrance of trueness and purity all around. Let us so live that he will not be disappointed in us.” Charles Wesley Naylor, Heart Talks, God Cares For Us

(Faith) “Infidelity can grow only on the soil littered by the lives of unfaithful members of the church. That’s it. Oh, for the faith that takes God in as He is. The man who don’t believe is a mere pigmy in the church. I believe the Bible just as it was written, and I believe that the whale swallowed Jonah. I would have believed it just the same if it had said that Jonah swallowed the whale. I’ve got no better sense than to believe the Bible. Call me a fool for it, and I’m a happy fool.” Sam Jones

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