One would think that out of 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,101 verses that make up the Bible (KJV), getting sermon ideas would come easily, but it doesn’t. I often wonder if pastors and preachers have overload on the information contained in the sacred scriptures and go into vapor lock when trying to come up with next Sunday’s sermon. Even though the Bible can be read out loud in about 70 hours, understanding and getting your congregation to understand all that’s contained takes years and years.
A study by the Barna Research Group found that pastors spend an average of 3-5 hours per week preparing their sermons. It’s tough to become well equipped enough to teach a congregation the intricate precepts on different subjects in the Bible on 3 hours a week. Pastors get so busy with other pastoral duties such as counseling people, visiting the elderly and the sick that it makes it difficult to make time for sermon ideas.
Pastors have told me that they must rely upon their experiences throughout the week, or current news or something that God lays upon their heart for the subject of their sermons. Those are all fine and dandy, but can leave a preacher stressed out if nothing happens to stand out during the week. Or, it may not be until Friday night when an idea strikes them, leaving them no time for study. Getting sermon ideas shouldn’t be left up to chance.
2 Timothy 2:15 says that we are to study to show ourselves approved and to rightly divide the word of truth; the most important thing you do as a pastor is take care of His sheep by teaching them the written word of God. With this blog/website, I am committed to keeping those of you who follow it, up to date on current news topics and different tips learned from experienced pastors on how they do it week in and week out. There are many helpful products on the internet that can be bought to help with your quest; I will showcase those for you as well. If you have any tips for other pastors who may be struggling for sermon ideas, please leave your comments.
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Here is some great advice from the CARM.org website about dealing with hecklers while Street Preaching
It would be wise to memorize the verses of scripture mentioned on the link to the CARM article. If you are a street preacher, never forget to show compassion for the lost.
Some preachers get hardened by the hecklers and their sermons turn into “Turn or Burn” type messages. Don’t get me wrong, the law needs to be preached, but remember we were once lost sinners as well.
It seems lately that more of the hecklers will be from people who call themselves Christians rather than the atheists. Be prepared for that.
You will especially come under fire if you are preaching a repent and believe message instead of what it taught in just about every church in America – Jesus loves everybody and it doesn’t matter what (g)od you believe in, you will go to heaven.
I have heard Tony Miano mention it many times to drop a little digital voice recorder in your pocket while open-air preaching to cover yourself legally. People are evil. They lie. They will accuse you of all kinds of things and if you have that voice recorder it may save you some serious headaches.
Your turn: Please share some of the experiences you have had while street preaching or with other street preachers in the comment section below.
Here is an article by the great apologist, Matt Slick about this issue:
Is the Jehovah’s Witness religion Christian?
by Matt Slick
The answer to the question is, “No. It is not Christian.” Like all non-Christian cults, the Jehovah’s Witness organization distorts the essential doctrines of Christianity. It denies the deity of Christ, His physical resurrection, and salvation by grace. This alone makes it non-Christian. To support its erring doctrines, the Watchtower organization (which is the author and teacher of all official Jehovah’s Witness theology), has even altered the Bible to make it agree with its changing and non-Christian teachings.
Typical with cults that use the Bible to support its position is a host of interpretive errors:
Taking verses out of their immediate context.
Refusing to read verses in the entire biblical context.
Inserting their theological presuppositions into the text.
Altering the Biblical text to suit their needs.
Latching onto one verse to interpret a host of others.
Changing the meanings of words.
Proclaiming some passages to be figurative when they contradict their doctrines.
Adding to the Word of God.
Additionally, the Jehovah’s Witness organization requires of its members regular weekly attendance at their “Bible Study” meetings where they are repeatedly indoctrinated with anti-Christian teachings. This is done by reading the Watchtower magazine, following along with what it says, reading the questions it asks, and reciting the answers it gives. In other words, the Watchtower Organization carefully trains its members to let the Organization do their thinking for them. For confirmation of this, please read Does the Watchtower organization control the JW’s thinking?
The Witnesses are told they will be persecuted when they go door to door teaching their doctrines. They are further told that this is simply the enemy fighting against God’s organization because they are in “the truth.” So, when someone disagrees with them, they are conditioned to reflect on what the Watchtower has told them. They then feel confirmed in being in God’s true organization on earth (like all cults claim). They are strongly encouraged to have friends and acquaintances that are only JW’s, thereby keeping outside examination to a minimum. They are told to shun those who leave their group, for in this way there is no way to see why someone has left and no way to find out that they are in error from those who have found the truth in Christ. They are conditioned to shy away from any real biblically knowledgeable person. An example of this is frequently found on the Internet. I was once banned from a Jehovah’s Witness chat room after I not only answered their objections to the Trinity and deity of Christ, but challenged them in return. Subsequently, my name was passed around to all other Jehovah’s Witness rooms where I was banned from them as well. This is a frequent occurrence on the Internet where the Jehovah’s Witnesses are alive and well. It is obvious that critical examination of their doctrines is not encouraged by the Watchtower Organization.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses consider themselves to be Christians because they believe they are serving the true and living God. Like many cults, they think they are the only true church on earth. Yet, they deny the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ physical resurrection, and salvation by grace through faith.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses are discouraged from looking into Jehovah’s Witness history or old Watchtower literature which is replete with contradictions, altered doctrines, and false prophecies. Instead, they are indoctrinated repeatedly against basic Christian doctrines (Trinity, deity of Christ, etc.) and into the notion that they alone are the true servants of God and that all others are either in “Christendom” or simply unbelievers.
Primarily, the Jehovah’s Witness organization is a mind-control organization that uses its people to pass out literature and send in “donations” to the headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.
“Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible.”1
The Watchtower organization of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is a non-Christian organization that uses its people to promulgate false doctrines, and collects “contributions” for distribution of a multitudinous amount of literature, and expand its grip into the lives of its members and their families.
It is a non-Christian cult.
As a pastor, do you teach your congregation these things? It has been my experience that most Christians don’t know their Bibles well enough to defend their faith against a fairly new JW. Is this important to you?
You can visit Matt’s site here: Carm.org
That question is asked and answered by many Americans in this short video. It is definitely a MUST SEE especially if you are a John Lennon fan!
Tony Miano has a discussion with Tom about abortion. Tom thinks of himself as rational and logical. Which position has more logic in your opinion?
I reserve any judgment until the facts are brought out, but this doesn’t look good.
A third lawsuit was filed against Long on Wednesday. It contains explicit accusations of another sexual relationship he allegedly had with a young boy who was a member of New Birth Christian Church.
Jamal Parris said he was 14 when he and his mother joined Long’s church in Lithonia.
The lawsuit states, “Long would encourage Jamal Parris to call him ‘Daddy’.”
It also states, “Long engaged in sexual touching during their encounters and then escalated the activity to oral sodomy and other acts of sexual gratification.”
And, “Long would discuss the Holy Scripture to justify and support the sexual activity.”
Bernstein said Parris and the other two alleged victims said Long used his power as the preacher along with gifts of cars, houses, jewelry and money to force the boys to have sex with him.
Bernstein said the sex took place in hotels and at the church.
“The boys call it the guest house where you can look out the window and you can see the church. He takes them there,” said Bernstein.
Long has a history of speaking out against homosexuality.
Read more of the story here…
No, I’m not talking about all the false teachings, I’m talking about being with one of the most prominent false teachers in the business: Benny Hinn!
She filed for divorce.
Suzanne Hinn filed the papers in Orange County Superior Court on Feb. 1, citing irreconcilable differences, after more than 30 years of marriage. The papers note the two separated on Jan. 26 and that Hinn has been living in Dana Point, a wealthy coastal community in southern Orange County.
Hinn is one of the best known advocates of the prosperity gospel, which teaches that Christians who are right with God will be rewarded with wealth and health in this lifetime.
His TV broadcasts on the Trinity Broadcast Network, a Pentecostal broadcasting juggernaut, and other TV networks are seen by millions of people around the world nearly every day. He travels the globe in his ministry’s plane, named Dove One, holding events he calls “Miracle Crusades” that include spiritual healings.
Hinn has never fully publicly disclosed how he spends the money he raises, but his vast ministry is believed to be a multimillion-dollar operation. There was no mention of finances in the court filing, which listed three recent Southern California addresses for the family.
Over the years, Hinn has been the target of intense criticism from fellow Christians and watchdog groups who call his teachings false and accuse him of raising money only to enrich himself.
He is one of six televangelists under investigation by Sen. Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, over whether he complied with IRS rules for nonprofits. Hinn has said on his Web site that external auditors ensure his compliance with IRS regulations and that in 2008, 88 percent of the money he collected was spent on ministry.
Benny Hinn Ministries is based in Grapevine, Texas, and operates a church and television studio in Aliso Viejo in California’s Orange County, according to its Web site.
Read the full story Here
Invest the next 10 minutes of your life listening to this short study on Bad Hermeneutics. Rightly dividing the Word of Truth is critical for Bible believers. It’s rare to hear preachers and teachers talk about this nowadays, but it is a much needed topic in the church.
Listen to this great teaching by Pastor John MacArthur, below: