Topical Preaching

Over the years, many people have asked me about topical preaching, or preaching the latest trend or news event, and why I don’t routinely (if ever) do it. Well, here’s my response: I think it’s a cop out and puts too much reliance on “what’s happening in the world” than on where our focus should be: Jesus.

Now hear me out for a moment. I’m sure topical preaching has its place, and is valid in some instances. But, as I’ve studied and prepared sermons for over 23 years now, one consistent fact has always drawn me away from topical preaching and it’s this: When I have to take apart an entire text using an expository format, I’m forced to deal with all of it instead of being able to pick and choose the verses I like, which can lead to a skewed opinion on the topic, which everyone already has.

Scripture is meant to change us to be like God, not to move us to being more relevant to the world. Thus, when you focus solely on God, and the intent of scripture to include its instruction, correction, or encouragement, you cease to rely on sound bytes of information and instead soak in the glory of God through the entire word of God.

God bless you friends, and leaders, who will preach this weekend. Stay humble, stay focused, and let your heart break for sin as you draw (and pull others with you) closer to Christ.

Teach the Truth!

‪Pastors: People in our society need less entertainment and more repentance taught … and it’s our job to teach it! If lives are ever going to be impacted in our churches, we need to stop watering the Bible down and stand firm on God’s truth. Stop leading people down the dangerous path of self-help and instead to the cross of Christ!

1 Peter 5:1-4, “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”