Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation..." - Luke 17:20
Illustrations for the Lost
In a Preaching magazine article on reaching lost people within traditional worship services, Larry Moyer describes the importance of using illustrations that can be understood by non-Christians.
"Pastors who effectively use illustrations are the most relatable to lost people. Lost people do not understand the Bible, but they do understand life. Therefore, a pastor who uses illustrations effectively tells the lost person that he understands not only the scriptures but him and life.
"Years ago I was speaking in a church on the subject of marriage and the family using Genesis 2:18-25. I was addressing the subject, ‘Why did God start it all?' I told the audience that one of the reasons God instituted marriage was for companionship. God plainly said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone.' I then addressed the subject of loneliness, giving the illustration of a 29‑year‑old single man from Topeka, Kansas, who said, ‘For myself I can only describe the word ‘loneliness' as being a gut‑level sick feeling at the pit of your stomach. It's so far within yourself that you fear you are in a trap and will never be set free.' After the service, a non-Christian sought me out and said, ‘You couldn't have described me any better. That quote really penetrated.' I had the privilege of taking him aside and leading him to the Lord." (Preaching, Nov-Dec 2002)
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