Sermon Illustrations

In my files I have a story about a man who was attending a Youth Ministry class at Hannibal-LaGrange College in Missouri. He said:

When I got to class, everybody was doing their last minute studying. The teacher came in and said he would review with us for just a little bit before the test. We went through the review, most of it right on the study guide but there were some things he was reviewing that I had never heard of.

When questioned about it, he said that they were in the book and we were responsible for everything in the book. We couldn’t really argue with that.

Finally it was time to take the test. The professor instructed them:

"Leave them the tests face down on the desk until everyone has one and I’ll tell you to start"

When we turned them over, every answer on the test was filled in!

The bottom of the last page said the following:

"This is the end of the Final Exam.

All the answers on your test are correct.

You will receive an ’A’ on the final exam.

The reason you passed the test is because the creator of the test took it for you.

All the work you did in preparation for this test did not help you get the A.

You have just experienced...grace."

From Jeff Strite’s Sermon: It Was Grace That Taught My Heart To Fear