Don’t Always Celebrate…But

Do you Always End In Celebration?

It’s a simple answer…

No…

Sometimes the proper response is “what must I do to be saved.”

yep…

Sometimes the proper response is contemplative prayer and struggling with the Master…

But…

OK…let’s be honest…some of us hardly ever celebrate the real point of our message…

yep…yall know it’s true…in many cases, when when celebrate…it ain’t related at all to our sermon.

We have gotten out of the habit of finding the joy in the gospel that is in our text…

We don’t know how to “taste and see that the Lord is Good.”

Yep…

So then when we celebrate…

We get lazy and go grab one of 4 or 5 of our canned celebrations rather than looking at THE TEXT in front of us and finding what it is in there to celebrate…

Yep…those folks need to work on finding the good news.

They need to struggle to see that the Lord truly is good…

But then there are some of us…

That simply never deal with the ethical demands of the Gospel.

Some of us have turned the gospel into cotton candy…we skim the top of the text trying to find something we can “shout about” and end up with something shallow and weak…

It is a fake good news…

If the Good News Doesn’t change you..then you have a truncated good news…

The good news doesn’t just mean that someone else was punished for me…it also means that I don’t have to continue living in the mess…

It means I can be changed…

It means that God is helping me to live a different life…

To these folks I would say..go head and celebrate, but please celebrate the real good news and not a rough approximation that minimizes it…

This is what I do in my homiletic. Attempt to teach the students to teach the real good news. Check it out at http://www.superchargeyoursermons.net.

See you tomorrow,

Brother Sherman

P.S. – Some of you wanted me to resend the four books every preacher needs. Well give me a day or so and I will resend all four to everybody…

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Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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