Author: Jeffrey Kranz, Logos Promotional Copywriter
Christmas has already come and gone, but its never too early to to prepare for good preaching that can bless congregants in December 2013 or answer questions still lingering from 2012. Students are returning to school, families are still trying to extract meaning from the season — and people are still yearning to know Christ more intimately at your church. Maybe you’ve planned ahead for next Christmas. Maybe God blessed your church last year with faster growth than you expected. Either way, Logos 5’s Sermon Starter Guide makes it easy to brainstorm Christmas sermon (or any sort of sermon) ideas in seconds.
In fact, we can come up with 10 exciting Christmas sermon concepts right now.
5 Passage-Based Christmas Sermon Ideas
Let’s say I want to preach about the birth of Jesus in Matthew 1:18–25. There’s a lot of content here, though—and lots of message ideas. The Sermon Starter helps me identify plenty of clear message ideas.
Clicking any one of these gives me more to go on, and even spawns new sermon ideas. For example, when I click “Angels as God’s messengers,” I see a scriptural overview of the messages angels relay. I can zero in on one of these passages and compare it to the message the angel gives Joseph in Matthew—yet another sermon idea!
And just like that, I have five Christmas sermon ideas to work with:
- Just how human was baby Jesus? (Jesus: Humanity theme)
- What makes this baby special? (Jesus: Divinity theme)
- Did Mary and Joseph see Christmas coming? (Prophecy: Jesus)
- God’s message from God’s messengers (Thematic outline on angels)
- The true story of Jesus’ birth (thematic outline on Jesus’ birth)
5 Theme-Based Christmas Sermon Ideas
Now let’s say I want to find some Christmas sermon ideas, but I don’t have a particular starting verse in mind. The Sermon Starter works with themes as well as passages, so I just type in “Christmas.” It suggests the theme of “Jesus: Birth,” which I select.
There are more than plenty of sermon ideas here! The first four ideas link to the Topic Guide, which is an awesome place to see relevant Scripture and background information. The last points to Isaiah 9:6–7, where I could use the Bible Word Study to understand what “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,” and “Prince of Peace” mean.
This gives me five more starting points for more Christmas sermons:
- What is the origin of Advent?
- Jesus: God in the flesh
- The original Nativity
- Star of wonder, Star of light
- Four more names for baby Jesus
The Sermon Starter Guide makes it far easier to come up with sermon ideas—and it brings to light some concepts I wouldn’t have thought about otherwise.
The tools that were used today can be found in the Logos 5 Bronze base package and higher. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 5 and subscribe to the Logos blog for more Bible study tips through the seasons.
This blog was originally posted on LogosTalk.com on 12/15/12 and can be read in its entirety here.