We hear a lot of sermons or so-called ‘messages’. Some ‘messages’ makes us laugh a lot. Some others really mesmerize us. Few others often put us to deep sleep.
But there are very few other sermons or messages that changes our lives from inside out. Those words would have deeply influenced us, in such a way that even after many years, it will still be alive, speaking to us, in our minds. Have you had such experience with any sermons?
What makes those sermons different from others? What is the real and important factor in choosing a topic for a sermon that makes a long-lasting impact? How do you make sure that it influences the lives of people? In this post, I would like to share with you a very important point to consider while choosing a topic to preach.
Let’s have a closer look at how Jesus chose the topic for His sermon
I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. John 12: 49
Jesus simply spoke what His Father asked Him to speak. As simple as that!
What to say?
‘What to say‘ comes from the Lord. That’s why we call it as a message from God.
Message is like an SMS which originates from the Sender (that is, God Himself), and it is delivered to the Receiver (People). When you become the carrier of God’s message, which is made up in the mind of God, you become the true messenger of God, delivering ‘the message’ faithfully to the people (to whom it was intended)
Jesus, the faithful Messenger, delivered the content which His Father gave Him. What a powerful example!
How to do that?
When you are asked to deliver a sermon, request the Lord for the message: Lord, what am I supposed to speak to that audience?
Then wait for the Lord. As you wait, you will get some hint on what you are supposed to speak.
Then, as you spend time in prayer, meditating the Word of God, it becomes more and more clear. Finally, at one point of time, God enlightens His words deeply in our hearts, so that it will be ready to be taken to the needy.
How to say?
Note the second portion of the verse, how to say it! That too comes from the Lord.
It is interesting to be taught by the Lord Himself on how you should deliver the content. As you sit with the Lord, He will clearly teach you how you should speak. That’s when the message truly takes the form and shape which God intended. Your job is like of a messenger, carrying ‘the message’ and delivering it to the right addressee.
The key: These 3 hearts need to be involved
Now, one more last thing to note: There should be 3 hearts which needs to be involved.
The heart of God (from where the message comes)
Your heart (The message should first transform you)
Your listener’s heart (When you deliver it, it will touch your listener’s heart)
When these three hearts are involved, it makes a life changing sermon! When you deliver God’s message in its purest and simplest form, you make God’s heart happy. As a result, your heart will be filled with joy, and of course the hearts of the listeners are gonna be changed for ever.
I read this somewhere
Message made up in the heart of God, touches the hearts of men. Message made up in the human head can touch only the heads, but not beyond!
Paul, in one of his writings said,
For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord Himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread….. I Cor 11: 23
Yes, that’s the true message: The one you received from the Lord Himself, and as a faithful messenger you pass it on.
Do you have a message from the Lord? May God help us to receive directly from Him, and prayerfully prepare, and deliver it to the needy at the right time. Please share your thoughts on this below