Recently I gave a message on the 5th Commandment – Honor your father and mother. Here’s one segment where I adapted Tedd Tripp’s concept of the Circle of Blessing (from Shepherding a Child’s Heart) and brought out our need for the gospel. I also want to give a shout-out to Tony Kummer whose idea I borrowed from this bible lesson for kids.
If you’re a member of LBC, I just found some links to a few sermons by our friend and former student pastor, Lisle Drury! Take a listen and send him a word of encouragement! He’s doing a great job serving as Pastor of Sojourn’s J-Town Campus.
The best preachers and teachers take profound, meaty truths and break them up into little, understandable bites so their listeners can “get it” and do something with it. I love what John Stott says in his well-known book, Between Two Worlds:
To preach instead over people’s heads, is to forget who they are. As Spurgeon once commented, ‘Christ said, “Feed my sheep … Feed my lambs.” Some preachers, however, put the food so high that neither lambs nor sheep can reach it. They seem to have read the text, “Feed my giraffes” ‘ (p. 147).
This past Sunday I preached from 1 Peter 4:12-19. My message was entitled, Through Fiery Trials, as I walked through these three questions:
1. What are fiery trials?
2. Why does God bring fiery trials?
3. How should we respond to fiery trials?
I needed this message from God through Francis Chan. It broke me and brought me to tears.
Watchman Nee first divided the book of Ephesians into 3 basic sections in his book, Sit, Walk, Stand. It’s a simple and profound reminder that our entire life is meant to be lived out from the finished work of Christ on our behalf.
Sit – Our position in Christ (Eph. 1:20, 2:6)
Walk – Our life in this world (Eph. 4:1, 17, 5:2, 8b)
Stand – Our attitude toward Satan (Eph. 6:13-14)
Sometimes we separate preaching and counseling as two distinct parts of pastoral ministry. But good, gospel-centered preaching is a means of soul care to believers as Lloyd Jones makes clear in this quote below:
The preaching of the Gospel from the pulpit, applied by the Holy Spirit to individuals who are listening, has been the means of dealing with personal problems of which I as the preacher knew nothing… D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Daniel Montgomery, Pastor of Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky, shares 5 different “images of a small god” that we create in our minds. Each one is a startling contrast to Jesus Christ, as described in Colossians 1:14-23. The Jesus we often settle for is not the Jesus of scripture. He’s a small Jesus, who acts like: (click on each one for more)
As we think about all the types of people we preach to on Sundays, don’t forget the children. They may be the biggest group of unreached people in your church…and I guarantee when you get on their level, the adults will be tracking right there with you.
Spurgeon once said:
…He is no preacher who does not care for the children. There should be at least a part of every sermon and service that will suit the little ones. It is an error which permits us to forget this.
~ Charles Spurgeon, Spiritual Parenting, 15.