Witnessing Sermon Illustrations

Witnessing Sermon Illustrations

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In Bulwer-Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii there is a beautiful example of how the gospel spread as one man told it to another. Glaucus, falsely charged with the crime of murder, was condemned to fight with a lion in the arena. He was led to the revolving door under the temple of Jupiter, and through the narrow opening thrust into the dungeon. A pitcher of water and a loaf of bread were placed before him; the door closed, and he was left in darkness.

As the handsome young Athenian, suddenly thrust down to the lowest abyss of ignominy and horror, realized his plight, the bitterness of his soul gave vent to a groan of anguish. With that, a voice from the recess of the darkness answered his groan: "Who is my companion in this awful hour? Athenian Glaucus, is it thou?"

The speaker was Olynthus, only yesterday converted to Christianity and now condemned as an atheist to fight with a tiger.

Now near to death, the Christian ex-gladiator and prizefighter crept in the darkness to the side of the cultivated Greek pagan and hurried to tell him of his Christian faith: how his God was with him in the dungeon, how God's smile penetrated the darkness, and how on the eve of death his heart whispered of immortality and earth receded from him but to bring his weary soul nearer to heaven. "And there, as oft in the early ages of the Christian creed, it was in the darkness of the dungeon, and over the approach of death, that the dawning Gospel shed its soft and consecrating rays."

Cured by Testimony

I have heard Dr. Fred Moffitt, who was born in Scotland, say that as a boy he stammered so terribly that he was the laughingstock of the neighbors. Soon after his conversion he attended a testimony meeting. He wanted to testify as to what the Lord had done for him, but the thought of his stammering tongue held him back. The call to testify became so insistent that he promised the Lord that if a girl sitting near him testified he would, too. Soon the girl arose and gave her testimony, and Fred Moffitt kept his promise. Not only did the Lord help him to give this testimony but his stammering tongue has given him no further trouble from that day to this. He is pastor of the great First Baptist Church of Frankfort, Ky.—Sunday School Times.

A Faithful Witness

Over seventy years ago, a United States naval cutter the Colfax, sailed under Captain Charles Jones. On board this ship was a little Chinese lad who very quickly won his way into the hearts of the captain and crew. Captain Jones became the hero of young Soong, and whatever he did was just right in the eyes of the lad.

One day the captain told Soong that Jesus Christ was the hero and guide of his life, and the Chinese boy, although he did not at first quite understand, began to get a new picture of God—a picture very different from the idols he had worshiped in the temple in China. Young Soong became a Christian and received his education in America. He went back to China with a wonderful message of what Christ had done in his life. He began to print the Gospel in the Chinese language.

Soong married a Chinese girl and they had six children. One girl is Mrs. Sun Yat Sen the wife of China's liberator; another girl is Mrs. H. H. Kung, wife of the minister of finance. Mei-ling Soong is Madam Chiang Kai-shek, a leader not only in China but throughout the world. A son, T. V. Soong, is a member of the cabinet. The generalissimo, his wife and all of her family, are Christians. And all because a sea captain was true to his calling as a Christian!

Because Captain Jones was a faithful witness, China today is showing the world what Christ can do in a nation that will give Him a chance. What glorious transformations we could behold in the hearts of individuals and in the life of nations, if more men remembered the words of the Risen Christ: "You are to be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the very ends of the earth."—Dallas "Reminder."

His Answer Was God's Answer

A Hindu, who had become a Christian, on his way to church one Sabbath, passed some British soldiers who thought they would joke with him. "Hello, Sammy," they called. "How's Jesus this morning?" The Hindu stopped and looked at them. "You Sahibs come from a great country that has known Jesus a long time. It is your country that has given us this Book to teach us of Him," and he held up his Bible. "You ask how Jesus is this morning. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever." Two of the soldiers could not sleep that night. The next day they went to the Hindu. They said, "We could not rest until we gave ourselves to Jesus. You brought us to him."—The Presbyterian.

While in Prison

A very earnest preacher of the Gospel was caught and put into prison in the south of Spain, and expected to die. There were Anarchists and Communists in the prison; they were desperate, and began to write curses on the wall against their captors, so the evangelist wrote on the wall, "Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Underneath he wrote John 3:16 in full. That attracted attention. One of the prisoners was a young schoolmaster, and the evangelist had the joy of leading him to Christ. One day the schoolmaster said to him. "My name is on the list today to be shot; I am so glad you wrote that text on the wall. Before, I should have been desperate, but now, although I do not want to die, I am not desperate, because I know I am going to be with Jesus, and I shall see you again one day." They embraced one another and he was taken out and shot, but one day we shall see him in Glory, brought to the Lord Jesus Christ by the faithful testimony given in prison.—From an address by P. J. Bullard to Women's Protestant Union.

Keep up Your Testimony

A Presbyterian youth from New Orleans was a naval "wireless" operator during the war. Early one morning, after a night on duty, he snatched a few minutes for his 'quiet hour" when no message was going over, and he was reading the Twenty-third Psalm. Suddenly the thought came to him to send the Psalm out over the water and see if any ship would take it up. He did, and as he sent the last word, sixteen ships answered a wireless "Amen."—The Elim Evangel.

Faithful Witnessing

Some years ago a commuter on the Long Island Railroad was known to every regular patron on the five o'clock local. He was a well-dressed, soft-spoken young man who lived at Jamaica. Every evening after the train left the subway he would rise and go to the front of the car. As he walked back he would speak to every passenger, saying, "Excuse me; but if any of your family or any of your friends are blind, tell them to consult Dr. Garl. He restored my sight." That is evangelism. He did not argue. He testified. Courteously, courageously, confidently he commended to each and all the one who had opened his eyes. He had good news and he told it. If we who are redeemed would do likewise!—United Presbyterian.

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