Monday, December 19, 2005

WOT Sermon Topics

Here is the initial list of Waste of Time Sermon Topics. Preach on these as you feel led, but congregants won't believe you:

1. If you make Advent and Christmas a celebration of God's promises throughout history and the birth of Jesus rather than a gift-buying, house-decorating, party-giving, exhausting travel time or whatever you do to distract yourself from God's Gracious Acts in History, you will get more out of the season.

2. Human sexuality isn't bad, it's how we use our sexuality that gets us into trouble.

3. You don't choose God, God chooses you.

4. Being a Christian doesn't make you better than other people.

5. God loves you beyond your imagination's ability to understand.

6. You might have an easier time of it if you don't try to follow Christ. It's difficult to be a disciple.

7. All you are and all you have is God's gift to you.

8. What you do with your money impacts your spiritual life.

9. The Bible discusses greed more than it does sexuality.

10. Gluttony, of any kind, isn't good for you.

11. Preachers have feelings, aren't perfect and most of us work long hours.

That's enough for now. No one really really believes these topics to be true. By the way, if you preach on over-eating, over-spending, over-consuming as a damage to your relationship with God, no one will want to hear it.

Just suggesting....

St. Casserole


Aola said...

I suppose you are right, St. Cass, these are things people have to learn on their own.

Still all good topics

Songbird said...

Well, shoot! Those were my topics for January 1 and 8!!

Emily said...

11.5--And we can't bilocate, either (grin).

Apostle John said...

These are great!!! I wonder how many WOT sermons I've delivered???

St. Casserole said...

Here's another one:
God doesn't love us based on our productivity. Sorry. It's the world who cares about productivity, not God.

John, we all preach these topics with good cause. People need reminders of the Good News.

Songbird, I'm so happy you are coming!

Aola, I haven't learned all these lessons yet...

reverendmother said...

#6 reminds me of the quote "Spiritually mature Christians don't mind being inconvenienced for the sake of the gospel."

Too often I feel inconvenienced.

nightwoodkitty said...

OK, as a layperson, I must say that I need to hear topics 5-8 preached on often.

Quotidian Grace said...

Hmmm. I don't remember hearing a sermon on ANY of these topics in years. But maybe I should have. Is there an agreement among Presby preachers to avoid these topics or is it just my pastors?

St. Casserole said...

Grace, I preach on these topics. I made the list because I think people don't believe me when I preach these topics.

Lorna said...

don't believe you - or don't allow the truth of the Gospel to change them? there's the rub

and it applies to me too :(