Sermon Illustrations

One preacher told of having a “rap session” with some high schoolers. He told them they could ask him anything they liked, and he’d try to answer them. Toward the end of that session, one girl challenge him with this comment: “The Bible says God loves everybody.

Then it says that God sends people to hell. How can a loving God do that?”

That began a debate between the girl and himself, he began to realize he was arguing with her.

So he stopped and said:

“I owe you an apology. I really should not have allowed our discussion to become so argumentative… May I share something with you?”

She said, “Yes.”

So I took her through a basic presentation of the gospel. When I got to Romans 3:23 and suggested that all of us were sinners she began to cry. It was then that this high school senior admitted she had been having an affair with a married man. The one thing she needed was forgiveness.

Then he told her about the Good News of Jesus and she said she was ready to make a decision to become a Christian.

From Jeff Strite’s Sermon: It Was Grace that Taught My Heart to Fear