9/22/19 – Sermons That Put You to Sleep.

Posted on : Sep 19th, 2019 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

You’ve heard of “killer sermons,” right?  Well, the Apostle Paul really “killed ‘em” with his way-too-long, boring sermon in a city outside of Macedonia.  The story is told like this:

On the first day of the week (Sunday), when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued preaching until midnight.  There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting.  A young man named Eutychus (YOU-tih-cus), who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and died.

It’s every pastor’s nightmare to be preaching a sermon and sense that it is going nowhere.  Heads are bowing, and not in prayer.  People are trying to stifle yaws and the only hope sensed in the church is that somehow God will intervene, and the sermon will soon end.  Boring sermons are boring.

I have always tried to make sermons interesting and lively.  I figure that anybody that hauls their butt out of bed on a Sunday morning to come to worship, deserves my best!  One of my favorite professors in Seminary taught a preaching course called “20th Century Communication Skills and Preaching.”   His favorite line to all of us would-be-ministers, who didn’t have a clue how to preach was, “If you have to choose between heresy and orthodoxy, always choose heresy!  It’s much more interesting!”  I’ve always tried to take those words to heart.

Over the years I’ve changed my preaching style many times.  It’s kind of evolved as our world and cultural situation has changed.  This Sunday we’re going to look at the changing styles of preaching and worship music, especially as they relate to contemporary Christian worship.  Many times when I attend worship in other settings, I say to myself, “Wow, this worship is right out of the Protestant Reformation!  But that was 500 years ago.  Hasn’t anything changed since then?”  Well, not in some churches, but thankfully, that’s not the way we worship here!

More on Sunday.

Blessings,

Dan

Acts 20: 1-3, 7-12

After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples; and after encouraging them and saying farewell, he left for Macedonia.  When he had gone through those regions and had given the believers much encouragement, he came to Greece, where he stayed for three months. He was about to set sail for Syria when a plot was made against him and so he decided to return through Macedonia.

On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued preaching until midnight.  There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting.  A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead.

But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” Then Paul went upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he continued to converse with them until dawn; then he left.   Meanwhile they had taken the boy away alive and were not a little comforted.

 

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