Each Sunday when I preach I give one BIG Idea from Scripture to the people, something tangible (and hopefully memorable) that they can hold onto. Some I’m proud of, some are honestly lame. Some rhyme, some should have been word-smithed a little more. Many are original, and some of the best are borrowed from other pastors. But, for better or worse, here are my BIG Ideas for the first six months of 2013:
Jan 6 – “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” (Nehemiah)
Jan 13 – There is nothing more valuable than the human spirit.
Jan 20 – “Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (prayer of the apostles)
Jan 27 – Americans have the wrong idea about God.
Feb 3 – My God is for me.
Feb 10 – Good people don’t get into heaven; saved people do.
Feb 17 – God’s chief aim is to glorify Himself.
Feb 24 – God allows evil to exist because to destroy evil He would have to destroy humanity.
“Losing My Religion” Series
Mar 3 – Jesus hates graceless religion even more than you do.
Mar 10 – To stay off God’s last nerve, don’t allow tradition to trump the Word.Mar 17 – For the church to be its best, it needs to treat newcomers as guests not pests.
Mar 24 – Jesus walked towards the messes, and so should we.
Mar 31 – Jesus fulfilled religion so that you don’t have to.
“Culture Wars” Series
Apr 7 – When the world presents you with only two options, take option three.
“Deep Roots” Series
Apr 14 – To know the root, check the fruit.
Apr 21 – The better the soil, the better the roots.
Apr 28 – To kill a weed, you have to pull it up by its roots.
May 5 – God prunes the good so that the best can flourish.
May 12 – To see spiritual gain: don’t strain, remain.
“The Other Guy” Series
Jun 2 – There is no church without the Holy Spirit.
Jun 9 – The Holy Spirit is our guide to help us experience our maximum potential in Christ.
Jun 16 – The Holy Spirit is God’s explosive power in your world.
Jun 23 – Spiritual gifts are the Holy Spirit’s custom-designed way for you to impact your world.
Jun 30 – We’re filled to be spilled.