Listen, I know y’all are busy. I honestly don’t know how you find time to come up with and prep sermons each week. You do a lot of work and I bet you might feel just a little under-appreciated.
Well, fear not! I thought I would dedicate today’s post to you and help you out a bit.
How would you like three quick sermon ideas?
How would you like them to all come from the same chapter in 1 Samuel?
That’s what I thought!
Sermon #1: Return to the LORD
“Then Samuel said to all the house of Israel, ‘If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Astartes from among you.”
How many of us say we are returning to God and then don’t really change anything?
It’s time to get serious and put away those things that you put above God! Come on, people, what are you holding on to? What are your “foreign gods.” It’s ok. We all have them. Just come up after the service and lay them here at the altar.
We’ll have a smashing party later.
Sermon #2: Prayer is our Strategy
“And when the people of Israel heard of it they were afraid of the Philistines. The people of Israel said to Samuel, ‘Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, and pray that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.’”
Where do you put your trust?
In planning? In making sure all your bases are covered?
We might think Israel was foolish for letting their guard down to worship while the vile Philistines were waiting for just the right moment to attack.
But they trusted in something more than military strength.
They trusted the LORD. And they prayed.
Sermon #3: It’s worked so far!
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah,and named it Ebenezer; for he said, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’”
It is easy to forget what God has done in our lives. Am I right or am I right?
Let’s adopt a posture when faced with trials. Let’s just say to each other, “Well, God has helped us so far. Maybe he will again!”
Where in your life do you need to trust that God will help you?
We have stones to give out to everyone to help them remember that God has helped us so far. Take one and keep it in your pocket. Save it for a day when the Philistines attack you.
You’re welcome, Pastors. Keep doin’ whatcha do.