Sermon Illustrations

Title: What’s in your heart? What’s in your wallet?

Matthew 7:24

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

(illustration ) Let me tell you a story of 2 men. One, we will call Jim, and the other we will call Ron

Jim went to church one Sunday morning. He listened to the choir sing, and noticed that the choir sang to loud, so he just made a face and shook his head.

He saw a teenager talking as the pastor was praying , and he just frowned. He felt sure that the ushers were staring at him as they passed the collection plate.

He heard the pastor use incorrect grammar during the sermon.

So as the pastor gave an altar call, Jim slipped out the side door, and shook his head an said " what a waste of time "

Ron went to church also

He heard the choir sang How Great thou art, and felt chills run down his spine. He was glad that the church was taking up a special missions offering.

HE especially enjoyed the sermon. It seemed to really speak to him about an area in his life that he had been struggling with.

On the way out, he shook the preachers hand, and thought " How could anyone not be blessed after this mornings worship?

Both men went to the same church, the same Sunday morning, and heard the same sermon.

They both found what they were looking for.

Jim came looking for faultls, and he found them.

Ron came to worship God, and to praise Him, and learn from His word, and He felt the nearness of God, and felt closer to Him.

It is all in our attitude, and how we approach God.

We should come to church expecting to receive God’s word., and to act on what we have heard.

From Roger Roark’s Sermon: What’s in Your Hear?, What’s in Your Wallet?

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Exodus 3:12

And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

Just as God was with Moses, He will be with us as well.

(illustration ) When Japan was invading the Philipine Islands during world war 2, a missionary was trying to get all the orphans moved out of a village before the Japanese soldiers could get there, and do harm to them.

The missionary was tired, and it seemed like she just couldn’t get everything together in time. She was getting frustrated, and she said " I can’t do this, I can’t make it.

One of the little orphan girls told her, " Remember that Moses led thousands of Israelites out of Egypt.

The missionary replied " Yes, but I am not Moses.

The little girl told her " No your not, but God is still God.

Moses faced his fear, and realized that God’s power was much bigger than his worst nightmare, and as a result, God delivered His people from bondage.

From Roger Roark’s Sermon: What’s in Your Hear?, What’s in Your Wallet?