Church Leadership
9 Things I Love to Hear In a Sermon
After thousands of sermons, you stop being impressed by the flash, and you start noticing the essentials.

7. I want you to take a biblical moral stand (without getting mean or politically partisan)

You can preach the Bible without being a jerk about it. Truthful without getting mean.

Yes, the Bible contains difficult truths. And we can never shy away from them. Sin is real, hell is hot and eternity is long.

But I want to hear from a preacher whose heart breaks over sin and its consequences, not one who denies it – or delights in it.

I want to hear from a preacher whose heart breaks over sin and its consequences, not one who denies it – or delights in it.

The same goes for partisan politics. Just because we have the right to preach politics doesn’t mean we should. For more on this, check out my post on Why I Don’t Preach Politics from the Pulpit.

8. I want mercy to triumph over judgment

“Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13) may be the greatest sentence in the Bible.

It acknowledges the consequence of sin and offers the solution – in four simple words.

That’s what I want a great sermon to do. Acknowledge the problem. But point me towards grace. Sin and hell are true. But they are partial truths. Grace completes the truth.

9. I want to be able to do something about it

No, I don’t want homework. But I do want to be inspired to action.

Great preaching doesn’t just inform us about facts, it inspires and equips us for action.

Equipping the saints (Ephesians 4:12) is the pastor’s prime mandate.

I love an eloquent sermon. But a less-than-perfect sermon that equips me is better than an eloquent sermon that doesn’t.

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