Influence Sermon Illustrations

Influence Sermon Illustrations

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Babe Ruth's Tribute

The following testimony to the useful life of an old minister was given by "Babe" Ruth, the famous baseball player: "Most of the people who have really counted in my life were not famous. Nobody ever heard of them, except those who knew and loved them. I knew an old minister once. His hair was white, his face shone. I have written my name on thousands and thousands of baseballs in my life. The old minister wrote his name on just a few simple hearts. How I envy him! He was not trying to please his own immortal soul. So fame never came to him. I am listed as a famous home-runner, yet beside that obscure minister, who was so good and so wise, I never got to first base."—Sunday School Times.

A Walking Sermon

St. Francis of Assisi once said to a brother monk, "Let us go to town and preach." They went to town. They walked out one street, walked back another street, and returned. Then the brother said to St. Francis, "I thought you said we were going to town to preach." Said St. Francis, "We were preaching. As we walked along the street people saw us, noted our demeanor, thought of our lives. Some impulse from our souls touched them. We were preaching all the way." It was a wise answer. Christian people cannot guard too well the sermons that they preach as they go about town. These are the only sermons that many people hear.—Gospel Herald.

She Magnified Jesus

On a recent Sunday, Henry Burnett, of Macon, Georgia, was a guest in the home of a friend whose little girl had just come in from her first Sunday School lesson. On seeing the enthusiasm of the child for the Sunday School Mr. Burnett asked, "What did you do at Sunday School this morning?" "We sang a song," she said, "in a big room and then we went into a small room where a lady talked." "Who was she?" asked Mr. Burnett. "I don't know her name," she said, "but she must be the mother of Jesus, for she talked about Him all the time." A little child leads us here. The teacher's name meant little or nothing to the little girl, but what she said about Jesus so impressed her that she saw a close kinship between the teacher and Jesus.—Christian Index.

Influence of a Christlike Life

After finding David Livingstone at Ujiji, Central Africa, and spending four months with him there, Henry M. Stanley said: "I went to Africa as prejudiced as the biggest atheist in London. But there came a long time for reflection. I saw this solitary old man there and asked myself, 'How on earth does he stay here? What is it that inspires him?' For months after we met I found myself wondering at the old man carrying out all that was said in the Bible—'Leave all things and follow Me.' But little by little my sympathy was aroused; seeing his piety, his gentleness, his zeal, his earnestness, and how he went about his business, I was converted by him, although he had not tried to do it."—J. R. R.


Once in the Bureau of Standards in Washington, a tiny tube containing less than two-thousandths of an ounce of radium was accidentally dropped on a hardwood floor and broken. With a camel's hair brush they swept up the radium. Then they washed the floor to get the rest of it. But enough remained to render another washing necessary, this time with acidulated water, and still another with soda water, and a fourth time with hydrant water. Each washing yielded about four hundred dollars worth of radium. Finally a carpenter came and scraped the floor. Three years later the shavings were burned, and the ashes found to be strong in radium. It is almost impossible to get rid of human influence for good or bad exerted.Forward.

The Gospel They Could Read

Some years ago a young American student named Wray was accepted as a foreign missionary. He was thoroughly good, but of small intellectual capacities, and found it more than difficult to master the language. The native people found it impossible to understand him when he spoke to them. But though they could not understand his talk, they could his walk. One day when, according to their custom, they were seated on the ground around one of their teachers, the question was asked, "What is it to be a Christian?" Not one of them could answer, but finally one of them pointed to where the young missionary was seated, and replied, "It is to live as Mr. Wray lives!" They could not read the Gospel according to Matthew or Mark or Luke or John, but they could read the Gospel according to Wray.Methodist Recorder.

World Knows Us

Our lives must be incarnations of the Gospel, epistles of life and truth and love. The highest evidence of Christianity, and its strongest recommendation to the world, are lives that are unmistakably Christ-like. A serious condemnation of Christian living was expressed by a Buddhist, who was in search of truth and light, when he said, "I want to believe in Christ, but I have never seen Him in those who profess to follow Him." Dr. J. Stuart Holden once expressed his opinion that "the reason why the world does not know God is because it knows us so well."—Selected.

You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day,
Fay deeds that you do, by words that you say,
Men read what you write, whetner faithless or true,
Say, what is the gospel according to you?—Selected.

Andrew Murray's Own Family

Andrew Murray evidently lived a holy life before his children. Eleven of his children grew to adult life. Five of the six sons became ministers of the Gospel, and four of the daughters became minister's wives. Even the second generation made a good showing! Ten grandsons became ministers and thirteen became missionaries! That gave evidence of an unusual prayer power and devotion of life to the Lord, on the part of Andrew Murray.Christian Victory.

"One rotten apple spoils a whole barrel," may be acceptable counsel for a fruit-vendor. But if one bad child can spoil a group of children, then that one child has been better schooled in badness than the others have been tutored in goodness. And that is a pretty serious indictment of us adults, both individually and collectively.—George St. George, addressing a PTA meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa.

No sale is ever made until a buyer believes in the integrity of a seller.

No pupil is taught until the teacher has won the confidence of the prospective learner.

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