‘Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the sinner's Friend’ - should be the theme of every sermon. No other theme will meet the human needs.
It is said that on one occasion 3 people went into church to get help. The first was a business man who had failed & was contemplating suicide.
The second was a youth of extravagant tastes who, finding his wages insufficient was planning to steal from his employer.
The third was a young woman of gay habits & conduct who had been tempted from the path of virtue.
The choir arose & sang an anthem about building the walls of Zion. The minister addressed an eloquent prayer to the Lord & then preached a sermon on the theme, "Is Mars Inhabited?"
Thus the hungry souls that needed bread received stones. The man committed suicide, the boy stole & landed in jail and the woman went home to a life of shame.
- Westminster Teacher's Quarterly. (moreillustrations.com)
“If Jesus preached the same message minister's preach today, He would have never been crucified.” - Leonard Ravenhill.
“I do not think the devil cares how many churches you build, if only you have lukewarm preachers and people in them." - Charles Spurgeon.
Paul said: “Woe unto me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor 9:16).