Sermon Illustrations


The Grass Grows on Your Path

Early African converts to Christianity were earnest and regular in private devotions. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out his heart to God. Over time the paths to these places became well worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect prayer, it was soon apparent to the others. They would kindly remind the negligent one, “Brother, the grass grows on your path.”

Source: Today in the Word
Submitted by the homiletics class of West Coast Baptist College

If Grades Don't Improve

A little girl said to her teacher, ”Miss Hayes, I don’t want to scare you, but my dad said, If my grades don’t improve, someone’s going to get a spanking!”

Source: Unknown

They Needed a New Director

A choir was practicing for a concert when the director, “Eight years ago I was directing another choir in this anthem, and they made the same mistakes you’re making.” A choir member called out, “Same director!”

Source: The Story File: 1001 Contemporary Illustrations, Steve May

A Good Plan

Judd Lewis (1867-1945) worked for forty-five years at the Houston Post newspaper. He wrote a column of humor and poetry under the name, “Uncle Judd.” He was a man of great compassion who helped find a proper home for two hundred twenty-one homeless children. No doubt, each of them had issues of forgiveness to work through, so it is not surprising that one of Lewis’s most memorable pieces involved the fine art of forgetting wrongs suffered. His poem is titled “Forget It”

The Best Absent Student

During a parent-teacher meeting, Miss Nichols told the Nettles, “In my 30 years of teaching, your son is my favorite student to have absent.”

Source: In Other Words

A Torch Still Lit

One of the Greek’s Olympic games was a race in which the contestants carried torches and the winner was the one that finished with his torch still lit. The Christian’s desire should be that he will finish his race with his flame still burning strong.

Source: Fan the Flame, J. Stowell

Quotes on Success

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”—Abraham Lincoln

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”—Abraham Lincoln

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”—Theodore Roosevelt

Christ May Come Before Your Sermon Is Finished

The great preacher F.B. Meyer once asked D.L. Moody, “What is the secret of your success?”  Moody replied, “For many years I have never given an address without the consciousness that the Lord may come before I have finished.”

Source: Life Changing Thoughts, Gary Smith

Forerunner to Success

A reporter once asked a bank president what his secret of success was. the president replied, “Two words.”

“And what are they?”

“Right decisions.”

“How are right decisions made?”

“One word.”

“What is that?”


“How do you get experience?”

“Two words.”

“What are they?”

“Wrong decisions.”

Source: Readers Digest, December, 2003

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

There is a bumper sticker that says, “Tithe if you love Jesus. Any idiot can honk.” A lot of peole talk about how much they love the Lord, but they do not put their money where their mouth is.