Keep Sermons Simple

This series of blog entries deals with the topic of “Preaching Like Jesus”.  Read Part 1, “Focus Your Sermon“, Part 3 “Shocking Statements“, and Part 4 “Your Best Preaching Is When…“.

When Jesus preached, he always kept things simple.  As a preacher, you are to take deep truths of scripture and explain them in ways that anyone can understand.  Thus lies your greatest challenge as an expositor of God’s Word.

Preachers can tend to take a lot of pride in their years of study in God’s word.  They’re well studied in Greek and Hebrew.  They have sat through doctrinal classes where they drooled like a pitbull over a steak as anyone would dare challenge a point of scripture.  Most preachers like a good debate, especially if they’re confident that they can win.  Jesus was as well educated in the Scriptures as anyone has ever been.  Yet, he did not flaunt his knowledge to show off how smart he was.  A quick reading of 1 Corinthians 1 will reveal that preachers really don’t rank that high on the scale of God’s wisdom.

Jesus understood that the purpose of scripture is not to confuse, but to enlighten.  In reference to Post #1 of this series, Jesus works and rules the kindgom of light.  His purpose on earth was to clear a way to the Father, not throw more obstacles in the way.  How is your preaching in terms of its simplicity?  Are you overcomplicating things?  By the way, you will ALWAYS have those who will leave your church…Their reason?  Your preaching is just too shallow.  Next time one of them wants to argue about this, just refer them to 1 Corinthians 1:27.

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of thw world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”


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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2 Responses to Keep Sermons Simple

  1. brtom says:

    Thanks for the reminder, like Billy Sunday use to say, keep the cookies on the bottom shelf.

  2. Pingback: Focusing Your Sermon « Teachable Teacher

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