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Sermon Illustrations: Preaching


A man commented to a preacher that preaching was a waste of time because most sermons were soon forgotten. "That may be," replied the preacher. "But my wife has cooked me about 3,650 meals over the past ten years. I can't remember what they were, but I sure am well-fed.

After two and a half hours he was still preaching - much to the discomfort of the congregation. Suddenly, he stopped and explained that he didn't possess a watch and he couldn't see a clock in the sanctuary. "Aye," said an old man, "but there's a calendar behind you." Baptist Times.

God put a secret agent inside of you - his name is conscience. Peter Youngren on the conscience functioning to confirm the preaching of God's Word.

Preaching: If you can't hit oil in thirty minutes, stop boring.

In New England, when Jonathan Edwards preached his sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, he held his notes so close to his eyes that people could not see his face. However, there was such power that one man jumped to his feet and cried for mercy. Others held the backs of pews lest they should slip straight into hell.

If in this book you choose to look; five things observe with care. Of whom it's written, to whom it's written, and why, and when and where.

My Collection of Jokes, Quotes & Anecdotes

If you don't know the newspaper, you won't be relevant. If you don't know the Bible, you won't have anything to give them.


Research also bears out that when pastors preached a series of messages about giving, they were nearly two and a half times more likely to experience an increase in giving than when preachers speak about giving one sermon at a time or on non-consecutive occasions during the year. Ministry Advantage, Module 6, p 39

Humour is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch

The man who shoots above the target does not prove thereby that he has superior ammunition. He just proves that he cannot shoot. James Denney (Scottish preacher on keeping the gospel simple)

Illustrations, like windows, let light into the chamber of the mind. Mere bald statements are soon forgotten, but an apt illustration sticks in the souls like a hook in a fish's mouth. C.H. Spurgeon

Consider the man with a gift of preaching; he's still looking for a church with the gift of listening. Trevor Chandler

The true function of a preacher is to disturb the comfortable and to comfort the disturbed. Chad Walsh

A good sermon leaves you wondering how the preacher knew so much about you.

To preach one part of the Word of God to the exclusion of another part of the Word of God is to make a caricature of the very nature of God. Trevor Chandler

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