Hardest Sermons You'll Ever Have to Preach
Cancer. Suicide. The death of a child. As much as we wish we could avoid tragedies like these, eventually they will strike your church community. When they do, pastors must be ready to offer help by communicating the life-changing message...
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Cancer. Suicide. The death of a child. As much as we wish we could avoid tragedies like these, eventually they will strike your church community. When they do, pastors must be ready to offer help by communicating the life-changing message of the gospel in a way that offers hope, truth, and encouragement during these difficult circumstances. Those asked to preach in the midst of tragedy know the anxiety of trying to say appropriate things from God's Word that will comfort and strengthen God's people when emotions and faith are stretched thin. This indispensable resource helps pastors prepare sermons in the face of tragedies by providing suggestions for how to approach different kinds of tragedy, as well as insight into how to handle the theological challenges of human suffering. Each topic provides a specific description of the context of the tragedy, the key concerns that need to be addressed in the message, and an outline of the approach taken in the sample sermon that follows. Topics addressed include: abortion; abuse; responding to national and community tragedies; the death of a child; death due to cancer and prolonged sickness; death due to drunk driving; drug abuse; and suicide. Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-Centered Preaching, has gathered together messages from some of today's most trusted Christian leaders including: John Piper, Tim Keller, Michael Horton, Jack Collins, Dan Doriani, Jerram Barrs, Mike Khandjian, Robert Rayburn, Wilson Benton, Bob Flayhart, and George Robertson. Each chapter provides you with the resources you need to communicate the life-giving hope of the gospel in the midst of tragedy. In addition, the appendices provide further suggestions of biblical texts for addressing various subjects as well as guidance for conducting funerals.
As much as we wish we could avoid it, tragedy strikes every community and family at one time or another. When it does, pastors must be ready to offer hope and help, speaking words of truth and encouragement during the tough times.Bryan Chapell, well-known pastor, seminary president, and author of Christ-Centered Preaching, gathered together these essential sermons from some of today's most trusted Christian leaders, including John Piper, Tim Keller, Michael Horton and others.This indispensable resource of 25 sermons includes suggested Bible verses and idea starters for preparing a mesage to help busy pastors face the toughest topics they will ever be called upon to preach: murder, suicide, abuse, AIDS, war, national crisis, accidental death, abortion, miscarriage, death of a child, and more.
Bryan Chapell (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University) is the president of Covenant Theological Seminary and a former pastor who is a widely traveled speaker in the United States and abroad. He is also the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion finalist Holiness by Grace, as well as Praying Backwards and the award-winning Christ-Centered Preaching.