Monday, August 31, 2009

Youth Sermon Ideas - Shocking!

Youth Sermon Ideas - In my opinion this is the best youth sermon that I have ever heard. Paul Washer has a way on contrasting what we hear from most preachers today and what the Bible says. Listen here...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sermon Ideas | Is God Holy, Or Should We Wear Tank Tops And Flip-Flops?

Today in church, we took part in The Lord's Supper. I have always believed it to be a very special and holy occasion. Somehow though, I do believe that the church in whole is beginning to fade from that way of thinking. The deacons serving the crackers and grape juice (that symbolize Christs body and blood shed on the cross for our sins), were wearing Hawaiian shirts! I thought it was very inappropriate to say the least.

The last time I checked, you can't even go before an American judge wearing shorts and flip-flops; how much more sacred should we hold going in front of the maker of all creation as his servants? Maybe I'm just being a little picky, but I thought it was disrespectful and shouldn't be a regular practice of church deacons.

Romans 12 starts off with Paul begging the church to present itself as holy... and not to conform to this world; yet I couldn't tell this morning whether the deacons were there to serve God or hop on a plane for vacation. Nowadays, Christians seem to think that Jesus is our bud who is just hanging out in heaven waiting for us to come hither so he can give us a big hi-five. Just listen to today's 'Christian' music; God is our homie that wants to give us everything our little hearts desire.

I get a different picture when I actually read the Bible. I remember God telling Moses to remove his shoes, for he was on Holy ground. Sacred. I remember reading about how the temple was set up and if the high priest entered and wasn't clean - HE DIED!!! It was serious business to come before the Lord. Jesus changed some of the ceremonial laws, but His Holiness will never change.

I remember Peter, James and John (probably a little closer to the Lord than you or I) falling on their faces because they saw the holiness of God's glory when He transfigured before them. And here we are shuck'n and jive'n in our Hawaiian shirts instead of at least a shirt and tie. What's next, tank tops and flip-flops? Shame on us.

So, you want some sermon series ideas? How about the Holiness of God?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Schwarzenegger wants your 'thoughts' on 'gay' day

There has been a lot in the news lately about homosexuality. Last week it was the controversial issue of Lutherans voting to permit homosexuals to serve as clergy. This week, the Governator wants to hear your thoughts on 'gay' day. If you are looking for sermon ideas, I'm sure there are plenty in these two stories.

Harvey Milk dubbed 'sexual predator,' 'public liar' while lawmakers seek to honor him

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Faceoff! Cops versus preachers on public sidewalk

So you need a sermon idea for Sunday, eh? Here is a good one...

Christians arrested 7 times for signs declaring homosexuality a sin

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sermon Ideas

One complaint heard most often from pastors is where to get sermon ideas. A study showed that most pastors only put 3-5 hours of study per week, into their sermons. Pastors get caught up in other duties and forget what they are called to do; preach the gospel.

There is a lot of stress in teaching the Bible and being well read is only one of the requirements. Getting fresh sermon ideas can be difficult when there is a lot on your plate. I read that using the analytical side of your brain to study and learn information doesn't jive with the creative side of the brain too well.

Sometimes we need to take a step back, and let our minds turn to mush to switch from the logical, analytical type of thinking to the creative. A couple things to help with this may be simply reading through a magazine, or a couple of them. Read the sales ads, sounds weird but it works. It takes your mind off of the logical thinking used when studying and putting a sermon together and switched to a more creative setting.

Another thing to do for sermon ideas is let somebody else find fresh topics for you, then use your logical mind to do what you do best. I started Sermon Ideas just for this purpose. Feel free to check it out if you need help finding fresh ideas for your sermons.