Archives For Sermon Illustrations

how-to-study-the-bibleA 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).




After winning 22 Olympic medals (18 of them gold), Michael Phelps just two years ago was ready to end his life after two DUI arrests and the image of Phelps smoking from a bong.

Phelps told ESPN. “I figured that was the best thing to do — just end my life.” Then he entered a psychological trauma and addiction treatment center in October in 2015. While he was there, Phelps’ Christian friend and NFL star Ray Lewis Lewis sent him a copy of Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. God used this Christian book to turn him around.

Phelps was so helped by the Christian message in the book that he read it to other patients. Phelps was nicknamed “Preacher Mike.”

Even Michael Phelps the most decorated athlete in Olympic history needed a second chance. Just as God gave Mark, Peter, and David second chances so can the Lord enable you to rise up from defeat or depression and serve Him.


indexDr. Henry M. Morris, co-author of The Genesis Flood, told the true story of a young pilot named Tom (now with Missionary Aviation Fellowship) who was flying at 30,000 feet when his plane exploded. All in the plane were killed except Tom. As Tom was plummeting to the earth, he pulled the ripcord, but his chute failed to open. At the last minute, the chute did open but it was in shreds, hardly breaking the speed of his fall.

Meanwhile, a Christian woman was standing in her drive watching this horrifying scene. Knowing he was in desperate trouble, the woman prayed for his safe descent. Tom, needless to say, was praying, too. Tom landed virtually at the feet of the woman. Looking up, they saw that the ropes of his parachute had caught in two trees, breaking his fall and lowering him gently to the ground.


This sermon illustration is by Pastor Mac Brunson who has served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, since 2006.


A friend of mine texted me Isaiah 41:10 which God has used in my life this week: “Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” Continue Reading…

the-soul-winner-how-to-lead-sinners-to-the-saviorCharles Spurgeon tells of a man who once went to chapel to listen to the singing, but he didn’t want to hear the preaching. So as soon as the pastor began speaking, the man put his fingers in his ears. But after a while, and insect landed on his face, and so he had to take one finger out of his ear to brush it off. Just as he did, the pastor said, “He had has ears to hear, let him hear.” The man listened, and God met him at that point to his soul’s conversion (Spurgeon’s Sermons, Baker, 1:306).

A missionary to Africa many years ago told of a woman who came to every service, accompanied by her dog. She would sit on the outside, next to the aisle. At the end of the service, when the pastor gave the invitation to come forward for prayer, she would go forward, and the dog would come along beside her. Continue Reading…

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A man was shoveling snow from his driveway when two boys carrying snow shovels approached him.

“Shovel your snow, Mister?” one of them asked. “Only two dollars!”

Puzzled, the man replied, “Can’t you see that I’m doing it myself?”

“Sure,” said the enterprising lad; “that’s why we asked. We get most of our business from people who are half through and feel like quitting!”

Dr. V. Raymond Edman used to say to the students at Wheaton (Illinois) College, “It’s always too soon to quit!” And Charles Spurgeon reminded his London congregation, “By perseverance, the snail reached the ark” (Wiersbe’s sermon on Acts 18).



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I have read about a man named Wilmer McLean who refused to participate in the Civil War. He adamantly opposed taking sides. He had friends in the North and friends in the South. Continue Reading…

pilgramsI was walking through a gift store yesterday, one week before Thanksgiving, and noticed that all the seasonal sales were Christmas. Apparently, after the Halloween stuff went down; the Christmas stuff went up. What about Thanksgiving? Then I thought, “That is okay with me, at least maybe this holiday will not get commercialized and stripped of its spiritual significance.” Continue Reading…

sermon illustrationsI read about one such minister who was preaching that the word “in” (“i,” “n”) did not necessarily mean “inside”; it means, “close to, round about, or nearby”. He went on to say that the Bible said Jonah was“in” the stomach of the great fish, and “in” simply meant, “close to, roundabout, or nearby”. After the service, a man came up to him and said that his sermon was the most comforting message he had ever heard. It had cleared up so many difficult things to believe in the Bible; like when the three Hebrew young men were thrown “in” the fiery furnace and were not burned – well, that was because they were really never in there, but close to or nearby. And Daniel “But,” the man went on to say, “the most encouraging thing about your explanation of “in” is that even though I don’t believe the gospel, if I’m wrong, I won’t actually be ‘in’ hell, I’ll just be close to or nearby” (From Stephen Davey’s sermon on Revelation 12:7-10 at Wisdom for the Heart).