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A Sermon For Every Sunday

Sermons for every Sunday help pastors prepare a modern and relevant sermon each week during the church year. This resource includes original sermon material to support your preaching ministry, as well as traditional material from the best sermons of the Puritan and Reformed traditions. There are sermons addressing each biblical book of the Bible, so you can cover the whole year with these sermons. While you will find more than 900 sermons, this resource is also smartphone-friendly, allowing you to witness to God’s truth in each sermon and helping you prepare your own sermon easily.

A sermon for every Sunday is an online resource for free sermons and Bible messages. Pastor Geoff Beaulieu from the congregation Hope Baptist Church in Brantford, Ontario, delivers all sermons and Bible messages.

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A Sermon For Every Sunday

Sunday’s are for the Lord. He deserves our full attention and devotion, and we should be making plans to spend time with him every day of the week. But Sunday is a day to set aside for worship, prayer, and reflection on God’s word.

This week’s scripture is from 1 Corinthians 10:31-33: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

We should not be doing anything without considering how it will glorify God. We should not be spending time with people who are not going to help us glorify God in our lives. We should not be engaging in activities that do not bring glory to God. We should live every day as though we were preparing for Sunday because every day is supposed to be a celebration of God’s love for us.

Good morning, everyone. I’m so glad you’re here today.

You know, as I was thinking about what I wanted to talk about today, I realized that I’ve been talking about the same thing for a while now. And then it hit me: my message today is one of hope.

I think we all need hope right now. We need to know that things are going to be okay—that the world isn’t ending and the sun will rise again tomorrow. That’s why this week’s sermon is about hope—how it’s a gift that can take many forms, but it always lasts and never dies.

So let’s talk about where our hope comes from, shall we?

How can we be more like Jesus?

This weekend, we will be looking at the story of Adam and Eve. This is a very familiar story to most of us, but I think it’s worth revisiting.

In the story of Adam and Eve, we see that they were created by God. They were placed in a garden and told that they could eat from any tree except for one—the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However, when Eve saw that there was fruit on this tree, she took it and ate it herself. This led to Adam eating the fruit as well—and then the two of them were cast out of the garden.

Now this story is often used as a warning against disobeying God’s laws: if you disobey him, you will suffer his wrath. But this isn’t quite what happens here—not exactly anyway. After all, God had already clearly stated what would happen if they disobeyed him (they would die), so why did he change his mind after they did?

The answer lies in something else entirely: love. When God created Adam and Eve, he loved them so much that he wanted them to have everything he could give them—even if it meant giving up some things himself

Today, we’re here to talk about how to be a better human being. More specifically, how to be a better person.

Being a good person is easier said than done—it’s something that you can never really stop working on. It requires constant introspection and self-reflection, as well as dedication and commitment.

Of course, if you’re like me, then you might find yourself confused by all of this talk of “being a good person” and wondering what exactly it means to be one in the first place. After all: aren’t we all just trying our best? Aren’t we all just trying to live our lives? Shouldn’t we all just have compassion for each other?

Yes! It’s true that we should all have compassion for each other—but there’s more to being a good person than just caring about others. Being a good person means that you’ve put in the work—that every day, every hour spent thinking about how you can be better is worth it because it will pay off down the road when someone else needs help or advice or guidance from their own life. Being a good person means that despite whatever hardships may come your way (and there will always be hardships).

Short Powerful Sermons

Matthew 4:12-17

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

CONSIDER THIS

Scratch John off Israel’s most wanted list and move Jesus to the top. They shut John down which sent Jesus into stealth mode. John had spoken truth to power one too many times and it would cost him dearly. Fresh from a season of speaking truth to Satan, now Jesus would go to speak truth into darkness. It would have the effect of a great light dawning on those “living in the land of the shadow of death.”

He will literally be on the run from this point on. He will have a hometown—Capernaum—just not a home. He’s going to opt for unschooled fishermen instead of seminary graduates and despised tax collectors instead of esteemed business men. He will relish secrecy around his miraculous work. Jesus knows his days are numbered. In the illustrious words of Bandit, he’s got a long way to go and a short time to get there. He has come to announce the beginning of the end of the present evil age and the dawning of the age to come. His mission was so focused he could summarize his message into nine words:

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

The rest of the Gospel will elucidate and explicate these nine words. What is the kingdom of heaven? It’s the powerful presence and passionate love of God in the midst of his people. What does “repent” mean? The good news is we don’t have to guess at it. Jesus is going to teach us exactly what it means. Matthew’s Gospel will unfold it for us in five major teaching sessions.

For now, here’s how I understand the meaning of this nine word sermon. It means everything you would do and all the ways you would prepare if you found out Jesus was coming to your house today—not to visit, but to stay.

I think if I were leading a local church today I would make this the mission statement: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” What do you think would happen or what difference would it make if every church in the land scratched out their present mission statement and replaced it with these words? What if it were written over the door frame as we entered our sanctuaries and on the inside of the door so we could see it as we departed? What if it were posted on our homes and affixed to the dashboards of our vehicles. I think if I were going to engrave words into my skin it would be these nine words.

I may be wrong, but I think the whole tamale is wrapped up in these words. Ask me my mission and I will respond: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” And you?

Encouraging Sermons For Pastors

Preaching is a fool’s task. Paul says as much when he tells the Corinthians that “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing” (1 Cor 1:17). There are a lot of preachers and congregations who agree so strongly with that diagnosis that they’ve deemed it necessary to modify the way preaching is done in their church. They’ve gotten rid of the traditional sermon, which is viewed by some as archaic and abusive, in favor of dialogue and conversation.

Paul was telling the truth when he said that preaching the gospel is folly, but he also says, “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise” (1 Cor 1:27). A commitment to expository preaching takes a firm belief in the power of God’s Word and a humble recognition that the God-appointed means of preaching is better than whatever impressive or efficient model we might devise. God will build his church through expository preaching, and it takes a committed fool to believe it and do it. This means there will be times when your pastor feels deeply the reality that he is engaging in a fool’s task and will cry out with Paul, “Who is sufficient for these things” (2 Cor 2:16)?

If your preacher is a committed fool, he will need encouragement. That might not seem obvious, but the reality is that the pastorate can be a discouraging place. Not only does the very idea of preaching look foolish in the world’s eyes (and occasionally in those of the congregation), but discouragement seems to come from every direction even as he tries to serve the Lord and love his people. Maybe his own sin is overwhelming him and hurting those around him. Maybe there’s tension at home. Maybe he can’t make ends meet financially. Maybe he’s feeling inadequate after listening to a John Piper sermon. Maybe a member made a snide comment after a sermon that he can’t shake. Maybe it seems like no one follows along as he preaches. Whatever it is, these things take a toll.

That’s where you, the church member, come in. If you’re a member at a church and you’re regularly hearing the Bible exposited, you have much for which to be thankful. If your preacher is diligent to preach the whole counsel of God, to let the content and structure of the text dictate that of his sermon and to apply the Bible to your life so that you’re walking in the truth, you are blessed.

Paul says that those who labor faithfully in preaching and teaching are worthy of “double honor” (1 Tim 5:17) and are to be respected and esteemed highly in love (1 Thess 5:12-13). That honor, respect and high estimation is to come from the church members. Hopefully you actually want to encourage your pastor, but you should also see that the Bible exhorts you to do so.

When I use the word “encourage,” I don’t mean that you should merely say nice things to your pastor to flatter him and make him feel better. I mean you should consider “how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Heb 10:24). As Kevin DeYoung says, encouragement “is not about commending nice people to make them feel good but about commending the work of the gospel in others to the glory of God.” Your pastor doesn’t need flattery, but he does need genuine, biblical encouragement that helps him keep his hands to the plow as he works to cut a straight path in his ministry. If you’re not sure how to do that, then here are some practical ideas for encouraging your pastor.

1. PRAY

“Brothers, pray for us” (1 Thess 5:25). That was the apostle Paul who said that. If the apostle Paul needed prayer, your pastor does, too. Pastors are ordinary men, but they hold an extraordinary office. The New Testament places unique responsibility on pastors to shepherd God’s people by teaching, preaching, counseling, leading and serving. This responsibility carries serious ramifications: pastors will face a stricter judgment (Jas 3:1) and will give account before God for the souls with which they’ve been entrusted (Heb 13:17). This is not an office to be entered into lightly.

The New Testament is not the only source of pressure that pastors experience, however. Our culture, with all of its resistance to authority and cynicism toward the Bible, eagerly anticipates the next report of a pastor falling into sin. This happens with sickening frequency, and with it comes yet more disrepute on the bride of Christ.

With all of this, it should be clear that one of the most loving and faithful things you can do as a church member is to pray for your pastor. Pray for him as you prepare for church, pray for him with your family, with other church members or ask him if you can pray for him in person.

There are a host of ways you can pray for your pastor: Pray that he would conduct himself wisely in a life of obedience that remains above reproach (1 Tim 3:2); pray that he would love and be faithful to his wife (Eph 5:25-33); pray that he would raise his children in the fear and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4); pray that he would love the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength (Mk 12:30); pray that he would faithfully shepherd the flock of God (1 Pet 5:1-3); pray that he would flee temptation (1 Thess 4:3-8); pray that he would be a man of unceasing prayer (Eph 6:18) and pray that he would bind himself to the Scriptures and commit himself to expounding the Word of God rather than his own opinions (2 Tim 4:1-4). This list is by no means exhaustive, but there is no better place to start than by praying God’s own words for your pastor.

2. PREPARE

The last thing a pastor or preacher wants to think is that he is the only one prepared for Sunday morning. That doesn’t mean you need to write your own sermon during the week, but you might be surprised how much more you get out of your Sunday mornings by simply being more prepared.

The truth is that Sunday morning begins on Saturday night. There are a number of extremely practical ways to be prepared for worship, all for the purpose of removing potential distractions and obstacles. On the physical side, consider laying out and ironing clothes for yourself and your family the night prior, be sure that the car is gassed up, pack any bags with Bibles and diapers and whatever else you bring as a family, make sure the alarms are set, get plenty of rest the night before, have breakfast planned and ready to go for the morning. All of these things, as simple as they may seem, will eliminate potential distractions on Sunday morning.

You don’t need to make a rule out of these things; we all know that life happens, but they are helpful means of removing potential stumbling blocks. You might think they’re unimportant, but Satan will use anything he can to keep God’s people from fully engaging in worship.

There are, of course, ways to be spiritually prepared as well. Take some time to pray alone or as a family, confess sins to one another that need to be confessed, sing songs of praise together at dinner on Saturday and read Scripture together. In fact, there’s a way you can read Scripture in preparation for worship that just may be the most significant way to prepare for worship. This isn’t something I thought up myself, rather, the Lord’s dear people at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., where I pastor, have encouraged me in this way and I’m offering it so the blessing can be multiplied.

Here’s what you do: find out what text is going to be preached, and read the passage before you come to church. It’s simple and it’s good for you and it will encourage your pastor.

There are different ways to do it. Maybe you could read the sermon text at the breakfast table before you go to church, or maybe sometime on Saturday will work better for you. There are a number of ways your pastor will be encouraged by this: he’ll be encouraged by your asking what he’ll preach, and your telling him that you’re asking because you like to read the passage in preparation for worship. He’ll be encouraged when you ask him after church how to understand something you saw in the text that he didn’t have time to address in the sermon. He’ll be encouraged to see the Spirit of God drawing you to the Word of God – getting to hear that you’re reading the Bible will be like the farmer seeing fruit on those vines he’s been tending – what a joy to know that the people you serve are reading the Bible! He’ll be encouraged if you tell him you had trouble seeing the relevance of the passage, or understanding it, and then were helped by his sermon. He’ll be encouraged to hear that his sermon made you want to go back and read the passage more carefully, or to meditate on it more. He’ll be encouraged when you tell him that his preaching has helped you to become a better Bible reader.

Most importantly, he’ll be encouraged to see you apply the sermon by walking in the truth. One elder wrote about the people in the churches he served: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4). In fact, he said that kind of thing repeatedly (cf., 1 John 1:4; 2 John 1:4; 3 John 1:3-4). Nothing will encourage your pastor like giving him the joy of seeing you walk in the truth. Read the sermon text before church on Sunday and be conformed to the image of Christ from one degree of glory to another.

3. PARTICIPATE

In Ephesians 4, Paul tells us that God gave to the church, among other things, “shepherds and teachers.” Shepherds and teachers is simply another way of saying “pastors.” Paul is saying that your pastor is actually a gift from God. He’s still a sinner, but he’s a gift. Notice that Paul tells us that God’s purpose in giving these pastors is “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph 4:11-13).

Does your church have the mentality that the pastor is there to be the professional and do the ministry and you are there simply to receive it week after week? That’s not how God arranged it. The pastor is indeed there to do ministry, but much of his ministry consists of equipping and building up God’s people to do ministry. As we noted above, nothing will give your pastor more joy than seeing you walk in the truth, and part of what that means is that you engage your heart and hands in the task of ministry. This isn’t simply to help your pastor do his job, it’s for the good of your soul and the health of the church.

Most of the New Testament’s epistles were written as letters to specific churches, where the many commands and exhortations to care for, comfort, encourage, forgive, honor, love and serve “one another” were not just abstract instructions. When people heard those letters read for the first time, they knew the actual people who were to receive their care, comfort, encouragement, forgiveness, honor, love and service.

They had pastors to preach and teach Scripture, to pray and to watch over their souls. But much of the horizontal person-to-person ministry was done by the church members. A church that lives like this is rare, precious. Too many view their pastors as professionals (and some pastors view themselves this way) and church members view themselves as consumers who come to church to get what they can from the church’s “products.” This might seem to be the more efficient way to do ministry, but this is not the way a body functions, and it isn’t the way church should be. The New Testament’s vision of church ministry is rare, but it’s been given to us by God, and the task of a New Testament church is to be faithful, not merely efficient.

Rather than improving the real fruitfulness of a church, this sort of arrangement actually augments the strain on and discouragement of the pastor. There are few things as encouraging to a pastor as seeing his people living as Christians and doing ministry.

There are all sorts of ways to participate in your church’s ministry. You could encourage other members, outdo others in showing honor, love others – especially those on the fringes, do evangelism, visit and encourage the elderly and homebound, meet in accountability with other members to encourage godliness, give financially, do missions, mentor someone younger in the faith, clean the church building, serve in children’s ministry, drive people to church who need rides, teach Sunday school and all sorts of other things.

Your pastor will be energized to keep at the task of equipping and building up the saints as he sees the members of the church acting like Christians, like people who love and follow Jesus.

CONCLUSION

This is just the beginning. Praying, preparing and participating are just three ways you can encourage your pastor, and there are many more.

As you support and advocate for your pastor like this, you will indeed be showing him the double honor of which Paul speaks, you’ll be esteeming him highly and you will be honoring God.

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