You know me. I like sharing.
One thing I wish people would share more of is what sermons they’ve listened to recently that they enjoyed.
So in the spirit of the Golden Rule . . .
Here are some sermons I’ve listened to recently that I loved. I’m talking mind-blowing.
Leave a comment and share with all of us what great sermons you’ve listened to recently.
Ranked in order of awesomeness:
Beau Hughes — Learning ContentmentÂ (clickÂ to go to download/read the transcript – also available in The Village Podcast feed)
Skipped right over this on the Village podcast because, well, it wasn’t Matt Chandler. And Beau is definitely not Matt Chandler. In style, probably his polar opposite. Kind of like Keller (at least in this sermon), somehow enthralling despite its dry delivery.
- I think it’s good for us to be sobered by how horrible our discontentment is. It’s not just a respectable sin that we can deal with here and there.
- Contentment= Our highest ambition is to be the Lord’s and to be at His disposal
- The first sin in the Bible is mankind being discontent with the blessings of God.
- Discontentment erodes worship, rejects ministry and hinders joyful obedience.
- It’s really hard to follow someone that you don’t trust, and it’s even harder to follow someone with whom you are angry. So discontentment is not the soil that joyful obedience grows in. Do you think you’re going to be obedient to God when you’re frustrated with Him and you don’t trust Him?
Tim Keller — Marriage as Commitment (click to go to podcast in iTunes)
So good (and I assume he unpacks a lot of this in his book that is still sitting on my night stand waiting to be read)
- Marriage is a commitment first, and a feeling second
- Marriage requires the ability to hear criticism without being crushed
- The ability to give criticism without crushing
- God takes your selfishness in marriage and uses it against you for your own good
- You finally have to come to grips with your sin/selfishness because its ruining your life in your marriage. For the first time in your life, you can’t run
Matt Chandler — A Call to Pray (clickÂ to go to download/read the transcript – also available in The Village Podcast feed)
This is how to give a talk on prayer
- The main issue in our prayerlessness is we have a problem believing and grasping that God likes us, enjoys us and delights in us.
- “Do you think God delights in, rejoices in and enjoys you right now?”
- I do not think that you struggle with believing that God likes you ten years from now. Because you ten years from now is awesome.
- “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden.”
- You’ve got to hear this invitation as it relates to prayer. Because the invitation isn’t, “Start doing what’s right.” The invitation is, “Come to Me. You’re not doing what’s right.” So the solution to what ails us, what weighs heavy on us and what exhausts us is not us trying harder at overcoming those things, but it’s rather us coming to Jesus, walking with Jesus, being in a relationship with Jesus that overpowers our affection for the struggle.
- It’s, “Come to Me. Are you a train wreck? Come here. Are you broken? Are you stuck in lust? Are you stuck in anger? Are you stuck in fear? Get over here!”
Tim Keller — The Story of the Lamb Â (clickÂ to go to podcast in iTunes)
Keller helps us “Behold the lamb of God” through unpacking one of THE dominant threads of the Bible.
Brilliant in making clear (even to a secular mind) the need for substitutionary atonement.
Tim Keller — God With UsÂ
A Christmas message that matters all year long. Tim Keller takes a sometimes trite phrase “God with us” and makes it come alive. Why “God with us” should excite and transform us.