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Variety in Preaching—101 Suggestions

29 January 2010

Many years ago (the list is mimeographed and so that tells you how old  it is), I received a list of sermon topics. It’s purpose was so that we imagemight periodically review our preaching over the past (whatever length of time) and make sure that we were covering a wide variety so that our congregations received a balanced diet. 

Even if you only preach expositionally or exegetically, still even in that context, the reality is that the Bible books or passages that you select must reflect the breadth of scriptural topics.

The list comes from my theological camp (thus #46) and comes from a bit more formal time and place, but I still find it a helpful list to periodically review:

  1. Apologetics
  2. Apostasy/Delusions
  3. Benevolence
  4. Bible
    1. Inspiration of Scripture
  5. Blessing
  6. Call
  7. Church
  8. Christian, The Name
  9. Christian Living
    1. Christian Standards
    2. Holiness
  10. Church, The
    1. Early Christian Church
    2. Pentecost
    3. Unity
  11. Civic
  12. Consecration
  13. Conversion
  14. Cross
  15. Denominationalism
  16. Discipline
    1. Personal
    2. Congregational
  17. Duty
  18. Education, Christian
  19. Eschatology
    1. Christ, Second Coming of
    2. Future Rewards
    3. Future Punishments
    4. Immortality
    5. Judgment
  20. Evangelism
  21. Faith
  22. Faithfulness
  23. Family & Home
  24. Forgiveness
    1. Divine
    2. Human
  25. Funeral
  26. God
    1. Existence of
    2. Fatherhood of
    3. The Love of
  27. Gospel
  28. Grace
    1. First Experience in
    2. Growth in
  29. Hebrew History
  30. Holy Spirit
    1. Personality & Deity of
    2. Witness of the
    3. Work of the
  31. Humility
  32. Human Condition
    1. Death
    2. Depravity of Humanity
  33. Jesus Christ
    1. As our Example
    2. Birth of/Christmas
    3. Crucifixion
    4. Deity of
    5. Humanity of
    6. In Prophecy
    7. Teachings of
    8. Resurrection of/Easter
  34. Kingdom of God
  35. Light
  36. Lord’s Day
  37. Love
  38. Ministry
  39. Ministry of All Believers
  40. Missions
  41. Morals
  42. Music
  43. Personal Religion (I think today we call this Discipleship?)
  44. Prayer
  45. Restoration of Erring Christian
  46. Restoration Movement
  47. Sacraments
    1. Baptism
    2. Lord’s Supper
  48. Salvation
    1. Atonement
    2. Confession of Christ
    3. Confession of Sin
    4. Faith (Saving Faith)
    5. New Birth, The
    6. Repentance
  49. Satan
  50. Service
  51. Sin
  52. Social Gospel
  53. Sorrow
  54. Stewardship
  55. Testaments, The Two
  56. Tongue
  57. Vision
  58. Way, The
  59. Worship
  60. Zeal

The list is too broad in some respects and too narrow in others (how many sermons on “Denominationalism” does one church really need?)  But I hold that lists like this are helpful in reminding us of the need to keep our preaching varied.

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