Sermon Illustrations

Bill Wilson is founder and Senior Pastor of Metro Ministries based out of New York City, ministering to the five boroughs of New York, with expanding ministry around the world. When Bill Wilson was a boy, he was walking with his mom one day and they sat on a culvert to rest. His mom then got up and told Bill to stay there until she came back. A man who was walking that way found Bill where his mom had left him sitting three days earlier. She had committed suicide. I remember Bill telling his story at a Salvation Army conference in Newark, NJ, how when he was 11 he went to a summer camp. The preacher invited anyone who wanted to know Jesus personally to kneel at the bench-altar they had set up in the front. Bill was overwhelmed with God’s presence and so he knelt at the front because he wanted to know Jesus. He said that when he knelt everyone else moved away from him. None of the counselors wanted to speak to this stinky, smelly kid with torn clothes but they spoke to all the other kids. They knelt and prayed with all the other children, but not with this Wilson kid. Bill decided that day that he would be a friend to those who had no friends. Over time Bill touched the lives of the marginalized and destitute. These would be his parish and he would be their pastor and friend. He lived in the same slum conditions of his parishioners. His home was an abandoned warehouse and his bed was a bug-infested mattress on the floor. The rats were regular companions of his nightly turn-in. Yet, Bill founded the biggest children’s ministry in the world. Quoting from his website we read that “Metro’s largest program by far is its Sunday School currently reaching over 20,000 children at 151 sites in the US, over 16,000 at 54 sites in the Philippines, and many others in various nations.”