Posts Tagged preaching

Why Do This Video Series on “Hope When Life Hurts Most”? (VIDEO)

Over the next two weeks at Second Mile Church, we’ll be watching a video sermon series by Louie Giglio, founder of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, and six steps records. This is clearly a new thing at Second Mile — we’ve never watched video sermons before — and it seems appropriate to explain the rationale behind these next few weeks.

Watch this brief video below for an explanation. And, if you’re naturally skeptical of something like this, you definitely should watch this.

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POLL: You Pick the Sermon

Well, a few weeks ago I asked for input related to what I should preach on. Based on much of that input, as well as some other ideas I’ve had, we are now giving you the opportunity to decide the sermon at Second Mile for Sunday, August 15th. On that day, I will take the most popular of the five possible questions and preach a sermon answering that question. Here are the questions:

  • Why do we sing so much in church and what’s the point of it?
  • How can a good God allow so much suffering in the world?
  • How can I honor God with my finances?
  • What are some practical ways that I can help people in crisis?
  • How can I know for sure that I am saved?

Take a minute and vote for the question you want answered. I think you can vote multiple times, but I’m not sure.

Voting is anonymous and will close on Monday, August 9th at 11:59pm.

Thanks for your help!

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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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Preaching Christ vs. Self-help

At Second Mile Church, we’re committed to preaching the gospel — “Christ and him crucified” — as the answer for our problems, rather than a bunch of moralistic, self-help ideas. Here’s a great example from fellow Acts29 Network pastor Matt Chandler on the difference.

For more of Matt Chandler’s sermons go here, or subscribe to his podcast.

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