Missions Sermon Illustrations

Missions Sermon Illustrations

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Why China Needs Christ

A native Christian leader of China visited this country a few years ago. One Sunday he spoke in a modernistic church in California. At the conclusion of the message, a young college student propounded this question: "Why should we export Christianity to China when you have Confucianism in your country?" "There are three reasons," was the rejoinder. "First of all, Confucius was a teacher, and Christ is a Saviour. China needs a Saviour more than she needs a teacher. In the second place, Confucius is dead, and Christ is alive. China needs a living Saviour. In the third place, Confucius is some day going to stand before Christ to be judged by Him. China needs to know Christ as Saviour before she meets Him as Judge."The King's Business.

A Secret About Norway

It is said that Norway, with a total population of three millions, which is not nearly so large as the city of Chicago alone, has 550 foreign missionaries.

Since the World War, Norway has been free from much of the turmoil which has so disrupted the other nations of the earth. Of course some will tell us that this is because Norway is so situated geographically as not to be in the line of conflict. With all due regard to this reason, we are of the opinion that God has blessed Norway spiritually and governmentally to a great extent because of the interest which the people of the nation have in the Gospel. Certainly 550 missionaries from a small country which has never been known especially for its wealth is a record worthy of commendation.—Brethren Evangelist.

Missionary Equipment

A life yielded to God and controlled by His Spirit;
A restful trust in God for the supply of all needs;
A sympathetic spirit, and a willing­ness to take a lowly place;
Tact in dealing with men, and an adaptability toward circumstances;
Zeal in service and steadfastness in discouragement;
Love for communion with God and for the study of His Word;
Some blessing in the Lord's work at home, a healthy body and a vigorous mind.—Rosalind Goforth.

When She Could Read the Name

A lady missionary in the West Indies had a class of Negro women, and among them an old Negress of seventy-two, who was eager to learn to read. Asked why, she replied: "That I may be able to read the Great Word. Perhaps I may be sick and have the fever, and Missy have plenty to do, and I live eight miles off. Den, if I can read the Great Word, it will tell of Jesus and comfort me." At length she succeeded in spelling out the name, "Lord." A sudden awe seemed to strike her. "Missy," she said, "that is the Great Massa's name?" "Yes," was the reply. Letting go of the book she stood up, and clasping her hands, lifted up her eyes full of tears, saying: "Lord, Massa! Great Massa! I can read your Great Name!" More of this spirit is wanted in our enlightened land.—Christian Herald (London).

Heroic Appeal of Missions

Dr. Clifford, of London, tells of an English college which was visited by a minister seeking volunteers for a mission field in India. He assured the young men that the work was not difficult, that they would live in a pleasant society, have good homes, and enjoy the services of plenty of servants. Nobody offered to go. But a little while later another mission worker came to the same school seeking men to go out to the Congo. The places that he wanted to fill were vacancies left in the forces by death. The recruiting officer said bluntly to the students, "It will most likely mean certain death to some of you too." Immediately six men volunteered for service.—Herald and Presbyter.

Made Extra Salty

Down at the sea they gather great quantities of fish, and by virtue of salt and lots of it, too, they are enabled to feed the world. Some of the fish are made extra salty. These I was told go to the far countries where it is hot. And this is exactly what we church folks do also. We select for our missionaries these "extra salty" ones. They are the sort that can keep sweet and palatable under India's heat and Africa's fevers.—Sunday School Times.


"Oh, that I were a flame of fire in my Master's cause!"

Brainerd had such intense compassion for souls, and was so earnest for their salvation that he said, "I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls to Christ. While I was asleep, I dreamed of these things, and when I awoke the first thing I thought of was this great work. All my desire was for the conversion of the heathen, and all my hope was in God."

Fool, If Necessary, for Christ's Sake

John Wesley made a noble reply to an unbeliever who twitted him when he was about to leave England to work as a missionary among Negroes in Georgia. This man said, "You want nothing; have a good provision for life, and prospect of preferment; and must you leave it all to fight windmills—to convert savages in America?" Wesley answered calmly, "Sir, if the Bible be not true, I am a fool and a madman as you can conceive; but if it is true, I am sober-minded. For He hath declared, `There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, . . . for the kingdom of God's sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.'"—Christian Victory.

How Young Cyrus Hamlin Settled It

When Cyrus Hamlin was ten years old, his mother gave him seven cents to celebrate a great holiday. The money was for gingerbread, buns, etc. "Perhaps, Cyrus," said she, "you will put a cent or two into the missionary box at Mrs. Farrar's." As he trudged along, he began to ask: "Shall I put in one cent or two? I wish she had not said one or two." He decided on two. Then conscience said: "What, five cents for your stomach and two for the heathen! Five for gingerbread and two for souls!" So he said, "Four for gingerbread and three for souls." But presently he felt it must be three for gingerbread and four for souls. When he came to the box he dumped in the whole seven, to have no more bother about it. When he went home, hungry as a bear, he explained to his mother his unreasonable hunger. And, smiling through tears, she gave him an overflowing bowl of bread and milk. And he pathetically asks: What is the meaning of my Mother's tears?"—Sunday School Times.

Sayings of Missionaries

Carey: "Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God."
Judson: "The prospects are as bright as the promises of God."
Neesima: "Let us advance on our knees."
Livingstone: "I will go anywhere provided it is forward."
Henry Martyn: "Now let me burn out for God."
Alexander Duff: "We are only playing at missions."—Selected.

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