Sermon Illustrations

[Body of Christ, Citation: Billy Waters, Teacher Touch (Colorado Springs: Cook, 1999)]

After an accident in which she lost her arm, a girl named Jamie refused to go to school or church for an entire year.

Finally the young teen thought she could face her peers.

In preparation, her mother called her Sunday school teacher and asked that he not call attention to Jamie.

The teacher promised, but when he got sick on Sunday and had to call a substitute, he forgot to tell the second teacher.

At the conclusion of the lesson that day, which was about inviting friends to church, the sub led the class in doing the hand motions to the familiar children’s poem:

Here’s the church.

Here’s the steeple.

Open the doors.

See all the people.

Jamie’s eyes filled with tears.

A 13-year-old boy realized how she must be feeling.

He knelt beside her.

With one hand apiece, they supported each other, making the church, steeple, and people.

Together they illustrated what real church is.

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