Enlargement Sermon Illustrations

Enlargement Sermon Illustrations

In Baptist Chapel, Friars Lane, Nottingham, Carey preached his memor­able 'Missions' sermon, an address which still comes to the reader today with tremendous power. He read the fifty-fourth chapter of Isaiah, and his text was 'Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations; spare not, Lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy stakes; for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not.'

He packed his message into two biddings: `Expect great things from God'. Christian enterprise is the fruit of Christian faith. And, `Attempt great things for God'. The divine way out of failure and disgrace was a wider vision, a bolder programme. Then he pleaded for committal, for action. He bade them pledge themselves there and then, and dally and disobey no longer.—R. W. Orr

(Is. 54. 2-3).

In his essay on 'On the other side of the hill', Dr. F. W. Boreham says, `The desire to view the vast beyond is strong in everyone. On the pinnacle of one of the hills of the many in S. America, stands a large statue of Christ. It has more significance than was intended by those who placed it there. On the summit of the mountain-tops of our experience stands the Lord, pointing to the vast unexplored regions beyond.'

(2 Cor. 6. 13; 10. 15, 16; Phil. 3. 12-14).

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