The Fiery Sermon

Read: Acts 2:42-47

The fellowship among the early Christian believers is always a great reminder for us. In this passage it says that they broke bread together, prayed together, and shared so many things in common. They were there for each other! Too often we forget that church is about more than just a place to gather once or twice a week. The church is a group of people who “enjoy the favor of all the people” as verse 47 proclaims.

It reminds me of the sermon illustration entitled “The Fiery Sermon.” It goes like this….

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending Services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the preacher decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The preacher found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.

Guessing the reason for his preacher’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited…

The preacher made himself at home, but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the preacher took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more.

Soon it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The preacher glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire.

Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the preacher reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday…”

Two great reminders for us this week. 1. We should never underestimate the presence of God’s people in our lives and the difference they make. 2. Sometimes we don’t have to say much to get our point across. Object lessons sometime speak the loudest.

Make it personal: Say a prayer of thanksgiving this week for the people that God has placed in your life. Thank him for his church and the support, encouragement, and hope that we can continuously remind each other of.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church