Life in HD.
The Office: Work Doesn’t Have To Suck.
The Dirty Dozen.
Bringing Sexy Back.
The Art of Living.
Extreme Makeover: Family Edition.
Seven Simple Truths About LIFE.
SO what are these? Movies? Books? Song titles?
If you guessed any of the three you’d be wrong.
These are sermon series that have been preached from pulpits in different churches across America. Let it be said at the get-go that I have no problem with witty sermon titles. I have no issue with with preaching “down on the level” of modern [church] society. I think it’s important to address “taboo” subjects such as sex from the pulpit. But, I think it’s more important to do so when Scripture and need dictates it and not because every other hipster pastor in town is preaching sermons on sex.
What I have an issue with — and it’s the thesis, if you will, of this post — is the kind of preaching which zeroes in on those topics which address only small sections of the congregation and does not address the needs of every hearer.
If a pastor is preaching through the Bible, he will touch on those subjects which are most needy for God’s people. If you remember when Jesus appeared to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, he gave us a glimpse into how we should preach:
“And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, he expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27).
The main goal of all preaching is to point its hearers to Jesus. If the sermon is about sex, drugs or rock-n-roll, it’s useless if the main point of it all is anything other than the glory, greatness, and worthiness of Jesus.
Jesus even preached about Jesus. Every time he confronted an issue he always pointed the audience, whether it be one or one thousand, to himself. When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth he reminded them that he didn’t preach to them from his wit or intellect, but from the desire to exalt Jesus and nothing else (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).
I’m not going to argue that a sermon about money or about the workplace cannot exalt Christ, but the truth is, most of the time this type of preaching exalts the situation itself and Jesus is thrown in as an afterthought. I believe any sermon, class or whatever the case may be, that Christ’s glory should be the ultimate objective.
Want to have great sex? Exalt Jesus in it.
Want to manage your finances properly? Exalt Jesus with them.
Want to be more successful in business? Exalt Jesus.
Want to recover from addiction? Exalt Jesus.