Sermon illustrations - or the lack thereof - can make or break a sermon. While preaching is most certainly the ministry of God’s Word, effective sermon illustrations fix important points in the mind of the hearer. Jesus frequently illustrated His messages. Two thousand years later we call to mind stories of a shepherd who lost a sheep, a son who wandered far from home, and young women who discovered they were without sufficient oil for their lamps, stories that call to mind the powerful lessons in Christ’s teaching. I pray you will find these illustrations helpful, and that they will help you recognize potential sermon illustrations as they come to your attention.