Lose the Weight
· Lose the Weight of Guilt (Hebrews 10:1-25)
· Lose the Weight of Debt (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
· Lose the Weight of Fear (John 14:25-27)
· Lose the Weight of Stress (Matthew 6:25-34)
When the movie “The Passion of the Christ” was going to come out, I developed a series for thinkers and a series for feelers. For some it opened their minds to the truth of Christ. For others it opened their hearts to the love of Christ. Tens of thousands of churches used these series for their churches. The series for the thinkers was called:
The Passion of the Christ – True or False?
· Jesus is the Son of God – True or False?
· Jesus is the Only Way to God – True or False?
· Jesus Died for You – True or False?
· Jesus is Alive – True or False?
The series for the feelers was called:
Experience the Passion of Christ
· Experience Pure Love
· Experience Complete Forgiveness
· Experience Ultimate Wholeness
· Experience Everlasting Life
When the TV show “Extreme Makeover” was going to hit the air, I thought that it would be a great way to contrast worldly beauty vs. godly beauty. What if Jesus were your plastic surgeon? What would He think looked good on you? What would He want to fix? This became a very popular series called “Extreme Makeover: What Looks Good to Jesus?” exploring Jesus’ perspective on beauty.
Extreme Makeover: What Looks Good to Jesus?
· Big Ears (for Listening)
· Dirty Hands (for Serving)
· Pierced Tongue (for Speaking)
· Broken Heart (for Compassion)
· Rough Knees (for Prayer)
When I considered the audience and media, another series idea came out that wasn’t tied to any particular show. Instead it recognized the negative influences that media can have on children especially. Media. Violence. Sex. Drugs. Parents today are facing these issues. They’re seeking practical and wise guidance in a world that seems to be working against them. So a series called “Raising G-Rated Kids in an R-Rated World” helps parents empower their kids to make right choices and be light in a dark world.
Raising G-Rated Kids in an R-Rated World
· Raising Media-Savvy Kids in a Media-Saturated World
· Raising Peace-Making Kids in a Violent World
· Raising Sexually Pure Kids in a Sexually Promiscuous World
· Raising Drug-Free Kids in a Drug-Accessible World
When the calendar isn’t as much of a consideration, I’ve liked exploring creative ways to present some scriptures. For example, I thought a series on questions in the Bible would be fascinating. The “Good Book” has some good questions – lots of them. In fact, there are approximately 2,530 questions in the Bible. Many of them are questions directed toward Jesus. A sermon series on questions from the book of Matthew will show your people that they aren’t alone in wanting to ask Jesus some tough questions.
Jesus, I’ve Got a Question for You
· “Who Is the Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” (Matthew 18:1)
- “How Many Times Should I Forgive?” (Matthew 18:21)
- “What Good Thing Must I Do to Get Eternal Life?” (Matthew 19:16)
- “Which is the Greatest Commandment?” (Matthew 22:36)
On the flip side, I thought it would be good to also explore questions Jesus asked.
Yes, Jesus is the answer, but he sure asked a lot of questions. He asked more than 150 questions in the gospels. Continue a sermon series on questions from the book of Matthew, but this time take look at the questions Jesus has for us.
Jesus Has a Question Too
· “Why Are You So Afraid?” (Matthew 8:26)
- “Who Do People Say the Son of Man Is?” (Matthew 16:13)
- “What Do You Want Me to Do for You?” (Matthew 20:32)
- “How Will You Escape Being Condemned to Hell?” (Matthew 23:33)
Another example of exploring a facet of scripture was to take a closer look at Jesus as The Great Physician. Matthew 4:23 says Jesus healed every kind of disease and sickness among the people. Matthew 15:31 says people saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. He is both a general practitioner and a specialist. He heals young, old, men, women, eyes, ears, skin, bones, and brains. This series shows why Jesus is the Great Physician.
Jesus – The Great Physician
· Jesus – The Great Family Doctor (Matthew 8:14)
· Jesus – The Great Ophthalmologist (Matthew 9:27-31)
· Jesus – The Great Gynecologist (Luke 8:42b-48)
· Jesus – The Great Orthopedist (Mark 3:1-5)
· Jesus – The Great Pediatrician (Mark 5:35-43)
· Jesus – The Great Dermatologist (Luke 5:12-16)
· Jesus – The Great Otolaryngologist (Mark 7:31-37)
· Jesus – The Great Neurologist (Matthew 17:14-18)