Focusing Your Sermon

Over the holidiay break, the Lord began to reveal several things that he wanted me to share with you blog readers out there.  This particular series will cover the topic of “Preaching Like Jesus”.  These insights come from John 6-7

#1  Jesus’ sermons always talked about living in the Spirit vs. living in the flesh.

Two kingdoms exist, a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness.  The stress that constantly exists within a person is the struggle between the two.  Unbelievers can feel this at times, but Christians live with it on a daily basis.  We struggle to know what is real, what is good, what is certain.  The two Kingdoms cannot co-exist but rather seem diametrically opposed to each other. 

The struggle is a battle for truth.  One Kingdom is light, the other is darkness; one of openess and one of deception.  God has always been open.  The Bible often refers to Him as “the light of the world”.  Even in the beginning, when darkness was over the face of the deep, God spoke light into existence.  One day when judement takes place, the Bible says that there will be no thing hidden that will not be brought into the light.

Satan, on the other hand, operates in a kingdom of darkness, deception, and unclarity.  The very first line of attack that he used on humanity was trying to make God’s instructions unclear…”Did God REALLY SAY that you shouldn’t eat of this tree?”  After that, he tried to deceive Adam and Eve to believing that God wasn’t being completely honest with them.  “You won’t die.  God knows that in the day you eat of it that you’ll be like him, knowing good and evil.”  Darkness is where he dwells.  He thrives in foggy thoughts and doubt.  His mission for mankind is to move us from the heavenly kingdom of light to the hellish confusion of the kingdom of darkness.

This is why in almost every sermon that Jesus preached, he talked about living in the Spirit (kingdom of light) vs. living in the flesh (kingdom of darkness).  Many people have lived so long in the kingdom of darkness that they don’t understand anything about the kingdom of light. 

“In him [Jesus] was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”  John 1:4-5

So when you preach, make sure to always refer to the two kingdoms.  “People who are ruled by the flesh will do/think/say ____.  But people who are ruled by the Spirit will do/think/say _____.”  By doing this, you’ll be preaching the same message that Jesus taught…THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND!”

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About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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4 Responses to Focusing Your Sermon

  1. Lance Lawshe says:

    Thanks for the preaching tip.


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