Sermon Illustrations


Jack Martens is a fifty-six year old teacher who has spent 33 years teaching music at Ben Franklin Middle School in San Francisco.

“Over 50 percent of Martens’ students are from broken homes. The same number are on welfare. Nearly that many come from families where English is not the primary language. To that score, add the reality factor that funding for the arts has been all but cut off in Jack’s school district.”

He sees himself as Father Christmas bringing joy to girls and boys all year long. Jack’s ultimate desire is to help kids in his band see God’s love. Although Martens keeps a Bible and other Christian symbols on his desk,"it is his interaction with the kids that gives his witness a melody line.”

He eats lunch with them to give them a chance to talk through their problems at home with somebody. He stays after school to help with difficult fingerings with their instruments and difficult passages in life. Through the mechanics of music, he is able to communicate with disadvantaged and academically struggling students that they are capable of doing something beautiful with their lives.

Every December as the Band from Ben's performs in the Nordstrom Plaza dressed in their nicely pressed white shirts, black slacks and skirts, it’s not only the Christmas shoppers that feel the spirit of the season. The kids in the band (who otherwise might be in a gang or in the juvenile detention center) feel the joy of God’s love incarnated through a man...

Continue reading this sermon illustration (Free with PRO)

Related Sermon Illustrations

Related Sermons

  • Compassionate Giving

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Nov 23, 2014
    based on 7 ratings

    This message explains the necessity of giving to a compassionate ministry so others might be helped. The parable of the Good Samaritan in LUKE 10 is used as the example.

  • A Wild Life Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Aug 25, 2013
    based on 37 ratings

    Jesus saved us to live a wild and adventurous life. But how can we do that? We're not apostles like Peter and John were. We don't have their courage and experience. We're just common ordinary folks... or are we?

  • Every Step Of The Way Series

    Contributed by Dennis Davidson on Dec 29, 2013
    based on 7 ratings

    Jeremiah points out that God will be faithful to you every step of the way. Each day when you rise, God will already be taking care of you. His grace, strength and love will be as much a daily part of you life as is breathing.

  • Our New Life In Christ

    Contributed by Rick Crandall on Mar 26, 2013
    based on 2 ratings

    Our New Life in Christ: What’s it all about? 1. Right living (vs. 1-6). 2. Regular praying (vs. 7). 3. Rich loving (vs. 8). 4. Rich giving (vs. 9-10). 5. Radiant serving (vs. 11).

  • The Honor Protocol Series

    Contributed by Antonio Silveira on May 2, 2012
    based on 3 ratings

    In God’s Kingdom there is a “Protocol of Honor”. If you expect God’s blessing you need to start by honoring God, respect his Word and behave accordingly. This includes respect by everything that is Holy, God himself, his Word, the Church and the men and w

Browse All Media

Related Media

Giving Hands
PowerPoint Template
PowerPoint Template
Love Love
PowerPoint Template