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Looking for ways to lighten up your sermon? Look no more! Here are 6 funny sermon illustrations sure to get your congregation laughing!

Now in the Deep South Bayou where I live, we have what are called Boudreaux and Thibodeaux jokes. They’re jokes which make fun of two slow-witted Cajuns named Boudreaux and Thibodeaux. They’re a common tradition in the Southern Louisiana region.

1. Cheating is a Sin

This illustration can be used for various sermons such as sin, cheating, or consequences for your actions: “And you may be sure that your sins will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23)

Boudreaux was out of work and found an ad in the paper that said, “electrician engineer needed.” So, he went to the power company and hand delivered his resume. After reviewing the resume, Mr. Don (boss) was astounded that Boudreaux would apply with no previous experience. Well, the power company had a policy that you must take a 10 question test before you can get hired. There were two people there to take the test that day. One was Mr. Fred, who was a certified electrician engineer. And, of course, Boudreaux was the other.

They each took the test and returned to Mr. Don’s office to hand in their test papers. Mr. Don asked the both of them to wait outside until he was done overlooking the two exams. After about 10 minutes Mr. Don called them back in and this is how it went:

Don: Thanks to the both of you for applying for the position, but we have made our decision and that decision is to hire Fred.

Boudreaux: What did Fred score on dat test?

Don: Y’all both scored 9 outta 10. You both only missed one question.

Boudreaux: Why you gonna hire him den?

Don: Because on question #7, Fred answered “I don’t know” and you answered, “Me neither.”

2. Don’t be Lazy

This is a short but funny sermon illustration that shows that we won’t accomplish anything by standing around doing nothing. This is great for a sermon on laziness: It can be used with The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 (we’ll never accomplish anything unless we work for it).

Thibodeaux was riding past Boudreaux’s place and saw him out in his cow pasture. Thibodeaux pulled in and found him still standing in the same spot not moving.

Thibodeaux asks: Boudreaux, what you doing there?

Boudreaux says: I’m tryin’ to win the Nobel Peace Prize my fren!

Thibodeaux: How you gon’ do dat?

Boudreaux: They say all you gotta do is be out standing in your field!

3. Be Wise with Money

Preparing a sermon on debt/money? Try incorporating this illustration into your notes. It’ll get at least a chuckle out of your congregation! Proverbs 22:26 says “Do not be one that shakes hands in pledge or puts up security in debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.”

Boudreaux was called into his bank to discuss his accounts. “Your finances are in terrible shape,” the banker stated. “Your checking account is way overdrawn, and your loans are overdue.” “Yeh, I know.” said Boudreaux. “It’s my wife, Marie. She’s out of control.” The banker asked Boudreaux, “Why do you allow your wife to spend more money than you have?” “To tell de truth, Mr. Banker,” replied Boudreaux with a deep sigh, “because I’d rather argue wid you den wid her!”

4. Husbands and Wives

Here’s another short and to the point sermon illustration that works well with sermons on wives submitting to their husbands: “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22)

Boudreaux and Marie were having their first fight, and it was a big one. After a while Boudreaux said, “When we got married, you promised to love, honor, and obey.” Marie replied, “I know. But I didn’t want to start an argument in front of all dem people at the weddin’!”

5. The Sin of Adultery

This illustration was intended for a sermon on adultery/faithfulness in marriage, but could also be used for a sermon about your sins finding you out: “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)

“Marie,” Boudreaux whispered to his wife late one night, “if I dies, would you get married again?” “Yeh, I guess,” she replied. “Would you sleep in de same bed with him?” “Well, it’s de only bed in the house, so I guess I’d have to.” “Would you give him my pickum-up truck?” “No, Boudreaux. I wouldn’t never give him your pickum-up truck.” She yawned, “Besides, he don’t know how to drive a stick shift.”

6. Selfishness

This is a great illustration for a sermon on selfishness or placing self centered expectations on someone: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself.” (Philippians 4:3)

Back when Boudreaux and Marie were dating, Thibodeaux gave Boudreaux some advice. He said: You know how to impress Marie? Invite her to your house for a nice home-cooked meal.” The next day, Thibodeaux asked Boudreaux how the date went. Boudreaux tells Thibodeaux: “It was terrible! I invited her over and she came, but she refused to cook!”

See any good ones that you’d like to use in your own sermons? Go ahead! After all, Proverbs 17:22 says that, “A cheerful heart is good medicine”!

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Tiana Franca is a 14-year-old writer/blogger who loves Jesus. Find her online at her website Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.


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