What should I preach about?

Normally I plan my sermon series far in advance — often up to a year in advance so that I can be studying ahead and writing study guides to accompany our series. But this fall, due to some unexpected events, we have two weeks that are open between our Living in 4G series and the next series we’ll be doing beginning August 22nd.

I’m planning to do two messages–probably unrelated to each other. I’m hoping that they will be topics or texts that answer questions many people have and can be intensely helpful and practical.

So, what do you think I should preach about for these two stand-alone messages? Comment if you have ideas…

(NOTE: I can’t promise that I will do any of the suggested ideas…but I’d really like to, so make them good!)

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  1. #1 by Rick Hill on July 12, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    Suffering,…..and God’s Sovereignty, because we,….. (all humanity,) are suffering,(under the curse,) and the purpose is…………well, that is your mission, should you “choose” to accept this mission, this email will self-destruct in (5) seconds…..

    5, 4, 3,………2…………….

  2. #2 by Dale on July 12, 2010 - 6:11 pm

    I like Rick’s suggestion. Based on your comments that adults are saved through crisis, this would be a great topic for the believer and unbeliever alike.

    Another topic: Prayer. What is it? Why do we do it? Does God change his mind through/because of prayer?

  3. #3 by Rick Hill on July 12, 2010 - 6:19 pm

    I also like Dale’s comment and suggestion, and perhaps both taught on at the same time, for it was Hudson taylor who once said,
    “It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone.”

  4. #4 by Wade Lewis on July 12, 2010 - 8:52 pm

    In no particular order:

    1. Kingdom centered prayer
    2. Serving others as a way to work through personal issues
    3. Maybe a biography of a Church leader (Luther, Calvin, Augustine)
    4. Where you would like to see Second Mile in 6 months, 1 year, etc? Plans…

    4G started out great (pun intended), so I’m looking forward to the rest.

  5. #5 by JT Trottier on July 12, 2010 - 11:14 pm

    The Sunday after you went to the U2 concert in October, you talked about how you were struck by the uninhibited way in which the crowd sang along with the band. You contrasted this observation to how we (the Church) worship the Creator God of the Universe.

    Perhaps you could share (and expand upon) those observations in a sermon. I’d like to hear your thoughts on corporate worship and what that should look like.

  6. #6 by Luke Simmons on July 13, 2010 - 7:14 am

    Good thoughts so far, guys. Later this fall, we will be going pretty deep into prayer as we look at something along the lines of “Jesus on Prayer.” Keep the ideas coming…

  7. #7 by Rick Hill on July 13, 2010 - 7:35 am

    As one man put it,…. and I do believe, THIS MAN could state it with a great degree
    of (wisdom), ” there is nothing NEW under the sun,….” therefore whatever you do, spend these (2) weeks teaching about, somewhere, somebody, is gonna walk up to you and say,………. R U ready……………

    S M I L E, Y O U ” R E O N C A N D I D C A M E R A D U D E!!!

  8. #8 by Troy Blakemore on July 13, 2010 - 8:54 am

    One of my favorite sermons of Mark Driscoll’s is on Humor. I’d love to get your take on how God uses Humor in His and our lives. It’s one of my favorite subjects!

  9. #9 by Nancy Keefe on July 14, 2010 - 6:44 am

    How to stay positive in a negative world. (Maybe that can go with Troy’s suggestion on humor.)

  10. #10 by QHorn on July 14, 2010 - 11:43 am

    Money: Understanding the money we have is God’s.

  11. #11 by Troy Blakemore on July 14, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    What about doing a ‘live’ Q&A? Very dangerous, but very exciting and I’m guessing out of everyone’s comfort zone!

  12. #12 by John on July 16, 2010 - 9:00 am

    Topically speaking, I have been thinking about how critically important God’s command and desire for His children is to “GO”!
    A week or two study on “Cross Cultural Missions” could be very POWERFUL!
    Charging the Body of Christ to think, pray, and GO into the world is not only interesting and encouraging but can be used by the Spirit to stir us up for good deeds.
    Just sharing some of the more recent statistics about the growing Universal Church and how God is continually unfolding His providential plan is AMAZING in and of it’self.
    If you are interested in this topic, I have provided a link below for a Piper sermon entitled “The Legacy of Antioch:”

    http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/MediaPlayer/4353/Audio/

    John

  13. #13 by Ruthann Formica on July 16, 2010 - 10:19 am

    Wise and healthy relationships
    Or
    Adressing idols in our life

  14. #14 by Kristie on July 18, 2010 - 8:21 am

    What about a week on “How to Help”, something really practical on how to help people who are in crisis? Like take biblical exhortations (mourn with those who mourn, God of comfort, calling out sin, etc) and flesh them out really practically to help equip the church in that area. I think a lot of us see the needs around us and want to help, but can become frozen by fear of not knowing what to do or worrying that we’ll screw it up, so we end up doing nothing.

  15. #15 by Luke Simmons on July 18, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    More good ideas! Thanks!

  16. #16 by Leah Hawkins on July 20, 2010 - 11:21 pm

    How about “How to do a bible devotion”, or rather, “Devoting yourself to a relationship with Our Savior”…

    Wouldn’t it be revealing for Christians to understand how to read God’s Word from a relational stand point rather than a daily duty? So many Christians can fall into a funk of opening with prayer, reading a few verses, reflecting about the verses, and then closing with prayer and doing this for a 30 minute time slot in a very busy day. Which is good, but is it excellent? I think the young, the old, the weary, the knowledgeable, and the flat-lined, dry spelled, bible drop and floppers may benefit from such a sermon.

    Sometimes the bible intimidates me… it is so powerful and overwhelming to read I don’t know where to begin at times.

    Just a thought…

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