Sermon Illustrations are different than sermon graphics but one of the best tools to help teach the Bible. A well-placed story or a striking analogy can drive home a point like nothing else. Illustrations have the power to make dense theological concepts relatable and vague precepts accessible.
Jesus used illustrations in many of his teachings, from stories of loving enemies to examples of unforgiving servants and much, much more. Some of these were current and had significant cultural or political undertones. Others were historical or even completely fictional in nature. All of them helped to underline the vision and message of His ministry.
In the modern era, the practice of using illustrations while teaching has endured. Pastors around the world are perpetually using examples drawn from both their own and other’s experiences.
Now, I should point out that sermon illustrations can certainly be both overused and abused. After all, many sermon illustrations can lend unnecessary amounts of emotion or misdirection to teaching. However, when used thoughtfully and with prayer, I genuinely believe that the Holy Spirit can use good sermon illustrations to speak directly to a listener’s heart.
All that said, sometimes after the church welcome speech it can be hard to come up with sermon illustrations that match with a point or a theme of a sermon. When that happens, you’re either left shoehorning an illustration in or simply leaving it out entirely.
There’s a third option, though. Finding inspiration from a sermon illustrations website. There are countless sites out there that offer a myriad of ideas for teachers to use in their lessons as well as stories for preachers to utilize in sermons.
Again, these should always be used thoughtfully and without plagiarism. Nevertheless, the next time you’re in need of a solid illustration, heading to one of these sites can be the perfect way to find a good story or example that suits your purpose.
With that in mind, I’ve gone ahead and rounded up twenty-five of the best websites for sermon illustrations that I’m aware of. Some of these are literally sites designed for pastors. Others are news outlets, movie review platforms, collections of quotes, and even a stock photo site or two.
My goal in making my selections was to equip you with a plethora of different sources of inspiration. That way you can come away with exactly what you need each and every time, no matter what topic is on the docket for the next Sunday morning service or Wednesday night Bible study.