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11/16/12 at 10:28 AM 0 Comments

Hundreds of Famous Prayers & Quotations from Preachers Guide Sermons

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Authors: Elliot Ritzema, Michael F. Haverluck, Logos Bible Software

You don't have to reinvent the wheel.

This common saying should be the hallmark of many pastors in the pulpit who often toil for days to come up with the most impacting sermon they can. With little time to spare, most pastors don't have the time to look through the shelves in a seminary library to pull powerful and inspirational quotes to spiritually edify their churches.

Basing a sermon on the established wisdom of the past from respected spiritual leaders is a solid foundation from which to build messages that congregations will remember and apply to their everyday lives. Drawing from this timeless knowledge, a series of resources have been created to help pastors bring the wisdom from the past into their sanctuaries today. Here are some examples of the powerful ways in which pastors can use the inspiration and teachings of preachers from the past to edify and encouage their congregations:

The Necessity of Depending on God

Genesis 17:1Psalm 62:7; Isaiah 50:10Hosea 12:6

Preaching Theme: Faith

"There is no other method of living piously and justly, than that of depending upon God." — John Calvin

"Jesus Is Our Divinest Symbol"

Colossians 1:15-17

Preaching Theme: Jesus

"Jesus is our divinest symbol. Higher has the human thought not yet reached. A symbol of quite perennial, infinite character: whose significance will ever demand to be anew inquired into and anew made manifest." —Thomas Carlyle

The sermon helps, the Study, Apply, Share series, empower you to jumpstart your sermon- and worship-planning process. They go through a biblical book passage by passage, prompting you with questions to dig deeper into the text and helping you make the most of your Logos library through links to relevant discussions. Application points, worship service ideas, and professionally designed slides make it easy for you to share information on words and themes in that book. Let’s take a look at the Study and Apply sections of Luke 5:12–16:

Luke 5:12-16

Study

  • What is leprosy, and what cultural stigma did it carry? ◦ Luke 5:12 | The New American Commentary: Luke
  • What does the leper’s posture and address tell us about his view of Jesus? ◦ Luke 5:12 | Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Luke 1:1–9:50
  • Why is it significant that Jesus touched the leper before He healed him? ◦ Luke 5:13 | Holman New Testament Commentary: Luke
  • Why did Jesus charge the man to stay silent about his cleansing? ◦ Luke 5:14 | The Interpretation of St. Luke’s Gospel

Apply

Preaching Theme: God’s Mercy

Leprosy was a painful disease that rendered a person ceremonially unclean. Jesus’ compassion led Him to touch this leper and heal him, restoring his health as well as his status in the community. Do you see others’ pain? May God open our eyes to see when others are hurting, and let us put our compassion into action by helping them.

Preaching Theme: Jesus’ Miracles

The leper showed that he trusted in Jesus by falling on his face before Him. He acknowledged Jesus’ ability to make him clean and Jesus’ right to exercise that ability. Sometimes Christians wrongly assume that God only worked miracles during biblical times. Do you believe that God still performs miracles? Let us follow the leper’s example by approaching the Lord and saying, “If you are willing, you can.”

Share

Preaching Theme: God’s Mercy

Worship Service Idea: Consider holding an interview in front of the congregation with a member who exhibits compassion.

Preaching Theme: Jesus’ Miracles

Worship Service Idea: Consider a short drama or skit that depicts Jesus’ miracle of healing the leper.

This guidance can be found in the Pastorum Series collection, which includes the titles: 300 Quotations for Preachers400 Prayers for PreachersStudy, Apply, Share: MarkStudy, Apply, Share: LukeStudy, Apply, Share: PhilippiansStudy, Apply, Share: Hebrews; and Study, Apply, Share: James.


This post originally appeared on 11/13/12 LogosTalk.com and can be read in its entirety here.

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