Sermon Illustrations

Missing The Point

Isn’t it amazing how sometimes we get all tangled up with the words we speak

and end up not being clear about what we’re trying to say? Back when I was

in high school I had a poster that read, "I know you think you understand

what I said, but what you don’t understand is that what I said wasn’t what I

meant." Are you ever misunderstood? I’ve noticed that it happens everywhere,

at work, at home, at school. Believe it or not, it even happens at church.

Every so often, Abigail Van Buren in her column, Dear Abby, runs a list of

church bulletin misprints and church sign bloopers that prove that we in the

church occasionally have problems saying what we mean. Here are some recent


The bulletin of a church in Iowa announced: The Low Self-Esteem Support

Group will meet Thursday from 7 to 8:30p.m. Please use the back door.

Another church’s bulletin carried this announcement: Due to the Pastor’s

illness, Wednesday’s healing services will be discontinued until further


During a service one preacher made this announcement: "This being Easter

Sunday, we will now ask Mr. Vassilas to come forward and lay an egg on the


Another church newsletter had this: At the evening service tonight, the

topic will be "What is Hell?" Come early and hear our choir practice.

Not to pick on the choir, but an announcement in one church read: Eight new

choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members

and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Steve Jackson, "The Power to Change Your Life"

Related Sermon Illustrations

Related Sermons

Browse All Media

Related Media