Sermon Illustrations

A Church Is Not An Audience

A sharp distinction ought to be made between a church and an audience.

· An audience is a group of unrelated people drawn together by a short-lived attraction. A church is a group of born again believers drawn together by a Savior.

· An audience is a crowd. A church is a family.

· An audience is a gathering. A church is a fellowship.

· An audience is a heap of stones. A church is a temple.

Preachers are ordained, not to attract an audience, but to build a church. Coarse and worldly men, if richly gifted, can draw audiences, but only a man who is given to the Lord Jesus Christ can build a church. (Charles E. Jefferson. Leadership, Vol. 11, no. 4.)