Lost Sermon Illustrations

Lost Sermon Illustrations

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Voltaire's Valedictory

It is reported that the brilliant, witty Frenchman Voltaire, who scorned the light of divine truth, when death was in prospect, exclaimed, "Now for a fearful leap in the dark."Sunday School Times.

The Derelict

Buffeted by temperamental winds—tossed by angry waves—the derelict ship moves across the waters of the midnight sea. No steady hand at the wheel determines her course . . . no compass points her port. She is only a battered hulk, biding her time upon the waves until the elements send her at last to the burial ground of forgotten ships.

Once a useful vessel bearing her cargo, fulfilling her intended destiny—now only a broken wreck drifting to her inevitable doom!

Saddest of all dramas enacted upon the seas is that of the derelict. There is nothing beautiful about her. Forlorn she seems, somehow, with her ragged sails tossed to the mercy of the winds.

No longer is she fulfilling the purpose for which she was made. Never again will her helm swerve gently to the promptings of the wheel as she glides gracefully toward an appointed port The sound of voices—the pull of the ropes—all these are only vague hints of yesterdays which she will never know again.

What is her story?

Perhaps a fever raged, taking one by one the members of her crew until now that battered hulk carries in its cabins a cargo of grim skeletons. Perhaps a storm threatened, and the men, unable longer to manage her in the raging seas, took to the lifeboats.

We do not know...for ghost ships cannot speak. But this we do know...she is only a Derelict!

Tomorrow she may be gone—"unwept unhonored, and unsung." No one will mark her end . no one will miss her And with her, into the graves of the sea will go the memories of windy capes and tortuous channels. The winds that made her wise will play a ghastly requiem over the waves which claim her, and then there will be only the stretchless sea again. The derelict will be forgotten. . . forever.

Even as the sea's saddest tale is woven about the derelict ship adrift upon her bosom, so the saddest story written in the great Book of Life is that of the Derelict Soul.

How often we pass them as we journey over the sea of life—ships that pass in the night—haunted souls attempting to guide their broken barques over waters which can only be safely navigated under the guidance of the Master Pilot. Souls which sway to the will of every wind which blows and every wave that tries their slender spars ... the Derelict Souls of Life! How pitiful they are! And how needlessly so!War Cry!

Preparation of Life's End

Life must be lived for its end. If we are to end it gloriously, we must live it worthily. Human fear leads many to hide death from their thoughts. This is neither sound sense nor realistic behavior. Refusing to think of it does not make death any the less potent. Only a fool lives in this kind of bluff. In the Middle Ages, when noblemen employed fools, or jesters, to amuse them, a certain man gave his valuable cane to his fool and told him that when he could find a greater fool he should bring it back to him. In due time the nobleman came to die and said farewell to his jester. "Where is your Lordship going?" asked the fool. "I am going to another world," was the reply. "And when shall you return?" "Oh, I am never to return." "No!" said the fool; "then has your Lordship made any preparation for the journey?" "Alas, I have not." "Then take back your cane," said the man, "for never could there be folly so great as that!" Exactly!Gospel Herald.

Stained With Human Blood

Dr. George W. Truett tells of a funeral he was asked to conduct of a sixteen­year-old girl. Seeking information that would help him in his ministry of comfort, the mother told him: "Dr. Truett, she was our only child." "Yes, but you sorrow not as others that have no hope," said the minister. But the mother answered, "That is where the trouble is, we have no such hope. Our daughter was not a Christian."

The mother wept bitterly while she continued her story. "While it is true that her father and I were both members of the church even before she was born, it is also true that our darling girl lying in that casket, never heard either of us pray. She was not converted, and we fear that she is lost and her blood will be upon us." Then she became hysterical in the thought of a lost daughter.

Relating the incident later, Dr. Truett asked, "Who would dare say that her blood would not be upon them?" Father and mother both professing Christians. but had never prayed in their home! May God have mercy on children coming from such homes!The Elim Evangel.

Taking Good Care of the Clothes

Someone has illustrated the value of a soul with a modern parable in this striking manner. A householder took a trip into a far country and left with his servant a child and the child's clothes. After a while he returned and the servant said to him: "Sir, here are all the child's clothes. They are in excellent condition—clean and mended and pressed. But as for the child, I do not know where it is." So in the last day some will say: "Lord, here is my body—I have neglected nothing that belongs to it. It is strong and well and beautiful. But as for my soul. I have lost it."—The Presbyterian.

Striking Contrasts


  1. Dead in sin (Eph. 2:1).

  2. Under God's wrath (Eph. 2:3).

  3.  Without God (Eph. 2:12).

  4. Under condemnation (John 3:16).

  5. Blinded by Satan (I1 Cor. 4:4)

  6. A child of Satan (John 8:44).

  7. Eternally lost (John 3:36).

  8. Certain of hell (Rev. 21:8).

  9. Awaiting judgment (Heb. 9:27).

  10. Solemnly warned (Rev. 20:15).


  1. Dead to sin (I Peter 2:24).

  2. Saved from wrath (Rom. 5:9).

  3. Near to God (Eph. 2:13).

  4. Free from judgment (John 5:24).

  5. No longer blind (II Cor. 3:16).

  6. A child of God (Gal. 3:26).

  7. Eternally saved (John 3:16).

  8. Certain of heaven (II Tim. 4:18).

  9. Awaiting glory (Titus 2:13).

  10. Gloriously assured (I Pet. 1:3-5)

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