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5 Topics To Preach On That Will Have A Huge Effect On Your Church

Here are 5 things to preach about that will greatly impact your church.

The Need for Repentance

The very first thing out of Jesus’ mouth when He started His earthly ministry was “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel’ (Mark 1:15). Over 30 times in the New Testament repentance and faith are mentioned together. When the Tower of Siloam fell, killing 18 people, they asked if those who died were greater sinners than others but Jesus responded by saying “Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:4-5). It is God’s will that everyone would repent and not perish outside of faith in Christ (2 Pet 3:9). Before Jesus started His earthly ministry, John was preaching the very same thing about the need for repentance (Acts 13:24) and “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus” (Acts 19:4). Why would this topic make a big impact on the church? Because it seems only a few churches today even talk about the requirement of repentance. If you preach a biblical gospel, it will include repentance and if you preach the gospel, it has its own power of salvation to saved (Rom 1:16).

5 Bible Verses About Paying Pastors or Church Leaders

Is the Bible silent on paying pastors or church leaders? If not, what Bible verses address this question?

Philippians 4:16-19

“Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

If the church at Philippi had not sent their gift, Paul would have likely gone without food or shelter. As it was, Paul knew what it was like to live a deprived life as he lived “in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure” (2 Cor 11:27) but because of the generosity of the Philippians, he was well supplied. There were times when financial support would have helped Paul immensely as he wrote to the Corinthians, “To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless” (1 Cor 4:11) and endured “beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger” (1 Cor 6:5) so this church’s gift meant more to him than the gift itself.

5 Things Pastors Should Never Say To The Grieving

What are 5 things a pastor should never say to someone who is grieving? What things might you suggest?

You’ll Get Over It

I don’t think anyone ever gets over the loss of a loved one. My brother died decades ago but I can still vividly remember what the day of the funeral was like. Someone told me that I’ll get over it eventually and that time heals all wounds. That statement hurt almost as much as the loss of my brother because they made me feel like I was supposed to get completely over it when enough time had passed but time has not allowed me to get over it completely. I have just learned to live with it. Do we actually ever “get over” things such as these? I don’t believe we do. It’s just that with the passage of time it just goes further back in time but that loss still stings today like it was yesterday. I think a better thing to say is “I am so sorry for your loss…I know there is nothing that I can say that will really help.” That sort of message is more comforting than “You’ll get over it” which to me is a bit cold and calculating.

7 Ways Your Small Church Can Make A Big Impact

Here are 7 ways your small church can make a big impact.

God is in the Small Things

Don’t ever count yourself as insignificant if your church is small. God is in the small things (Zech 4:10).  Just ask Gideon’s army of 300.  In fact, God is often more glorified using smaller numbers and insignificant people (in the world’s eyes) so that He receives the glory.  From reading the Bible, we can see that the majority is wrong most of the time and it is the small, minority groups or insignificant people that God often uses most powerfully, so if you have a small church, let a Big God make a huge impact in your community.

Top 5 Ways For Pastors To Connect With The Younger Generation

What are 5 ways for pastors to connect with the younger generation in the church?  What ways would you suggest?

Be Authentic

Today’s youth are experiencing more peer pressure than in the day that you and I went to school many years ago.  They have more pressure to conform to the image of the world in clothing, music, customs, language and behaviors and because of this, they are often ostracized because of their faith, therefore it makes it harder for them to live out the Christian life than for those of us who are older.


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