Choosing Sermon Illustrations

Choosing Sermon Illustrations

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Why He Surrendered

The Rev. T. E. Ruth of Sydney, Australia, relates that when just in his teens he went to a church where the curate preached on the text, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve." The sermon made him thoroughly disgusted with himself, and, annoyed with the curate, he went to another church. To his surprise, the same curate ascended the pulpit and preached the same sermon. At night he went to a third place of worship, where the preacher proved to be the same curate, and his text was, "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve." "It was too much for me," said Mr. Ruth. "That night I surrendered to the love that had sought me in three places." The Christian Herald.

Destiny and God

On the summit of a hill in one of the western states of America, there is a courthouse so situated that the raindrops falling on one side of its roof descend into Lake Erie and thence, through the St. Lawrence, into the Atlantic Ocean. The drops on the other side trickle down from rivulet to river until they reach the Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers, and enter the ocean by the Gulf of Mexico. A faint breath of wind determines the destination of these raindrops for three thousand miles.

So God uses a single act to determine sometimes a human destiny for all time and for eternity. S. S. World.

I have made my choice forever,
I will walk with Christ my Lord.
Nought from Him my soul shall sever
While I'm trusting in His Word;
I the lonely way have taken,
Rough and toilsome though it be,
And although despised, forsaken,
Jesus, I'll go through with Thee.

Join the Minority

A gentleman said to J. B. Gough as if it were a discouragement: "You are in a minority." Praying men are in a minority. Bible loving men are in a minority. Men who honor God's house and God's day are in a minority. "Follow not a multitude to do evil." Join the minority. Stand up and stand out for Jesus. Don't muddle to destruction with the majority. The Master says: "Broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat."

The majority has had its way and brought mess, muddle and war. The majority has failed us. Join the minority. Come to the house of God. Take down your Bible and read it again. Keep the Lord's Day holy. Commence to pray or to pray again. Give your life and heart to Jesus Christ. Take your part in turning the nation from being a people of God-forgetters to a reverent and Godly nation. Begin now —tomorrow will be too late.—The P. H. Advocate.

A Minister and a Life-Termer

While preaching one day to the convicts in the penitentiary of a certain state, a minister saw in the audience a man whose face seemed familiar. At the close of the sermon he went to the convict's cell and the following conversation is reported to have ensued: "I remember you very well, sir," said the prisoner. "We were boys in the same neighborhood; we went to the same school; sat beside each other on the same bench, and then my prospects were as bright as yours. But, at the age of fourteen, you made choice of the service of God and became a Christian. I refused to come to Christ, but made choice of the world and sin. And now you are a happy and honored minister of the gospel, while I am a wretched outcast. I have served ten years in this penitentiary, and am to be a prisoner here for life."—Florida Baptist Witness.

Hollywood or Christ?

A young woman had been working in one of the studios of Hollywood for several years, and she had loved the life. But one night she wandered into an evangelistic service and was brought face to face with Christ. She accepted the marvelous gift of salvation and found a new happiness and joy in living. The Lord led her to enroll in a Bible school to train for service, but Satan was not so easily defeated. He persuaded her to keep her job at the studio; he told her it would be ridiculous to leave a good job. She believed the sensible thing to do was to attend Bible school during the day and work in the studio at night. This continued for a year and a half. She had no victory in her life and she lost her vision of Christ, so finally decided to leave school. After that she spent a most miserable year living in the world. The Holy Spirit would not give her peace, so in desperation she prayed, "Lord, show me if it is Thy will that I go into definite Christian service."

She was crossing a street one day, when suddenly she heard the screeching of brakes and saw a car swerving toward her. Terrified and unable to move, she closed her eyes and waited, but nothing happened. The car had stopped just in time, the bumper touching her skirt. After recovering from the shock, she walked on, but the experience had told her one thing — God had saved her life for His service. She realized then that she must go all the way with Christ, so she resigned her job and waited upon the Lord for guidance. He did not fail, for she enrolled in the Moody Bible Institute, her life wholly yielded to Him.—Student News Service.

Choose Thou for Me

I dare not choose my lot;
I would not if I might;
Choose Thou for me, my God,
So shall I walk aright.

The kingdom that I seek
Is thine; so let the way
That leads to it be thine,
Else surely I might stray.

Take Thou my cup, and it
With joy or sorrow fill;
As best to Thee may seem,
Choose Thou my good and ill.

Choose Thou for me my friends,
My sickness or my health;
Choose Thou my cares for me,
My poverty or wealth.

Not mine — not mine the choice,
In things or great or small;
Be Thou my Guide, my Strength,
My Wisdom and my All!—Horatius Bonar

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