No one puts it quite like D. L. Moody did. His sermons are steeped in biblical references, true, but apart from that they are among the simplest and most compelling presentations of the gospel that I have read. Christ Seeking Sinners is the best one that I have read so far – I found myself reading chunks of it out loud and it undid me.
“God would hush every harp in heaven to hear a sinner pray.”
“Sinner, Christ knows all about you. He knows your name and he knows your house. You need not try to hide from him. He knows where you are and all about you.”
“All the men living on the devil’s lies have been disappointed.”
“Every man and woman in this audience must either be saved or lost, if the Bible be true.”
Glad Tidings: Christ Came to Seek and Save has a more complete, less abridged arrangement of this sermon than the link above (I have noticed that it misses out large chunks of the one in the book I am reading) with a wealth of other sermons and prayers by Moody as well. Some of his illustrations are almost too terrifying to retail:
I knew a mother who had a little boy who was dying, and he looked out the window and said he saw dark mountains over there. The mother told him she did not see the mountains, but he continued to see them, and he said he must cross them, and he asked his mother if she wouldn’t take him in her arms and carry him over. So the time will come to you, O sinner. That Mother prayed for her boy, that he might see Jesus coming to carry him over the mountains. Then Eddie said, “Don’t you hear the angels, mother? O take me!” But she told him that Jesus would take him, and then the little fellow prayed, and then opened his eyes and said: “Goodbye, Mother; Jesus has come.” O sinner, Jesus will carry you to the kingdom of God if you will only let him.