Sermon Illustrations


In 1963, my grandfather was serving as the Senior Minister of West End United Methodist Church in Nashville. West End is situated right across the street from Vanderbilt University, and has always been a wealthy, predominately white church.

One communion Sunday, a black family happened to be worshipping at West End, and like the rest of the congregation, they came forward to receive the meal. Without a sidelong thought, my grandfather served them the bread and juice just as he did the rest of the congregation.

Now, as you know, the Southern U.S. in 1963 was caught up in the height of the Civil Rights movement. And as soon as church dismissed that day, the Administrative Board went into a meeting. A few hours later, they called my grandfather into the room, and though my grandfather was greatly liked by all the people of West End, they asked for his immediate resignation because he served communion to blacks. My grandfather told the gathered group that if that was really the way they felt, then he was not the right minister for them anyway. In stunned silence, the members of the...

Continue reading this sermon illustration (Free with PRO)

Related Sermon Illustrations

  • That's The Only Problem  PRO

    Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Mar 17, 2003
    based on 4 ratings

    [That’s the Only Problem] The young man had finished his first semester in college, and was spending the weekend at home. Somewhat bored with the old place, he was regaling his father with the wonders of his campus and the enlightened people there. After getting up a head of steam and warming up more

  • Consider This Story Told By Bernard L. Brown, ...  PRO

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 1, 2004
    based on 1 rating

    Consider this story told by Bernard L. Brown, Jr., president of the Kennestone Regional Health Care System in the state of Georgia. Brown once worked in a hospital where a patient knocked over a cup of water, which spilled on the floor beside the patient’s bed. The patient was afraid he might more

Related Sermons

Browse All Media

Related Media

Out Of The Darkness
PowerPoint Template
Cleanse Me
PowerPoint Template
PowerPoint Template