Gospel

Question: How do pastors pick a sermon text and prepare the sermon?

Question: How do pastors pick a sermon text and prepare the sermon?

Paul told the elders in Ephesus, “I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.” (Acts 20:27)...the Christian Church has long ago compiled a list of weekly readings that can be used for worship services and that ensure that all the truths of the Bible are touched upon throughout the year.  As a general rule, though free to make adjustments at times, our pastors follow those selections when choosing the Scripture readings and the sermon texts week by week.  That’s why you may have heard a relative or friend, even from a congregation of another denomination, say to you, “We had a sermon on that same text as you did last week.” 

Question: What is the best way for us Christians to show truth in love to those living an outwardly sinful life that the Bible forbids?

Question: What is the best way for us Christians to show truth in love to those living an outwardly sinful life that the Bible forbids?

What this comes down to is a delicate balance between the Law which convicts and often condemns and the Gospel, which uplifts and brings comfort.  Let’s take two real-life situations from the Bible and see how Jesus used both truth and love in a person’s life.

Question: If my child attends a different Christian church, do I as a parent need to be concerned for his or her soul?

We raise up our children in our church.  We hope that they will stay with us, that is that they will remain in our same fellowship and confession, because we are convinced it is faithful to God’s Word.  Yet, sometimes as they turn into adults and make their own way and meet new friends or a spouse, they attach themselves to churches of other denominations...