A 17-year-old young man went to church for the first time because the shoe salesman who had led him to Christ told him he needed to learn more about the Savior he had just received. After the song service, the minister said, “Turn to First Timothy 5:12.”
The young convert turned to the first page of the Bible which his friend had given him and thumbed through Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, and a number of other books but could not find Timothy. Turning to the table of contents he found that First Timothy was on page 325, but when he found that page number he was in the book of Joshua. Again looking into the table of contents he discovered that there were two basic sections of the Bible and that First Timothy was in the second! By the time the young Christian had found the text the minister was finished with his sermon. Needless to say, the young man was embarrassed and a little befuddled.
Years later he became a famous preacher who, it is said, led one million people to Jesus Christ. In the later years of his life, he founded a Bible institute that today trains over 1200 young people annually in the Word of God. This young man’s name was Dwight L. Moody, and few men have ever influenced Christianity more than he did. But he would never have been an influence at all had he not been willing to study the Word of God for himself (Tim LaHaye. How To Study the Bible for Yourself, 7-8).
- Here is a lesson on finding and filing illustrations in my series 8 Steps To Prepare a Sermon