18 Faith Sermon Illustrations

Are you preaching on faith? Check out these great illustration ideas that bring biblical truths to life through word pictures, stories, and everyday examples.

  • An Example of Faith
    “So Abram went, as the LORD had told him” ( Genesis 12:4). This is the demonstration of faith that the author of Hebrews, as well as Paul in Romans 4, celebrate when they speak of the faith of Abram and his obedience to God. And it is easy to read over it and miss it. … Read more
  • Believing The Unseen
    Do you believe in Santa Claus? While the idea of Santa can seem strange for a discussion about Jesus it brings up a good point about our need for physical proof. Take almost any Christmas movie, and you will have children who believe in Santa Claus telling their parents that he is real. In some of … Read more
  • Founder and Perfecter
    Jesus is “the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We may be able to understand this more in terms of a parent and child. Imagine a mother who is teaching her daughter to drive. Imagine, too, that the daughter is particularly nervous. In fact, were it up to her, she’d rather her mom just … Read more
  • A Lesson From The Crocus
    If you have ever lived in a place with harsh winters, you know that the coming spring is welcome with great anticipation. In some places, winter can last for around half the year, with bitter cold, snow, and dead vegetation. However, when winter is fading away the crocus appears. Even during an early spring snowstorm, … Read more
  • Trust Fall
    Have you ever tried a “trust fall”? It’s when a person will free-fall backward into the arms of someone or a group of people. It is supposed to build trust and teamwork. Don’t do a trust fall like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y4vbS6c4p4. While these scenarios are comical, people who criticize faith assume that Christians don’t know who … Read more
  • Walk By Faith
    Kevin DeYoung has a good illustration regarding the role faith plays in our salvation. He speaks of walking out on frozen Lake Michigan. The initial step out onto the frozen lake is an act of faith, but it is not his faith that keeps him from falling into freezing water but the thickness of the … Read more
  • Finish The Race
    Unlike most races, our spiritual race is not about coming in first. It’s about finishing. If we don’t give up, if we don’t quit, then we win. Even if we have made mistakes, fallen down, or fallen behind, we can get up again and still finish well. God’s grace allows us to finish well. God … Read more
  • Gaining Strength
    “I read one time about how shipbuilders back in the days of sailboats would prepare the masts for their ships. They would go to the forest and find an appropriate tree, then they would clear out all the surrounding trees and leave that one standing, leaving it exposed to the wind and storms. As the … Read more
  • Trusting The Coach
    Children learning to play baseball are often afraid of the ball when it is their turn at bat. Their instinct is to duck or step out of the path of the oncoming ball. Their perception of the situation is that the ball is going to hit them. They have to trust when the coach tells them … Read more
  • Confidence In Christ
    “So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He … Read more
  • Choosing Faith
    One of Shauna Niequist’s books is called Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living. She seeks to work through her need for over-achievement as a means towards acceptance from people and from God. In an interview by Christianity Today, she was asked, “What’s the spiritual analogue to what … Read more