Theology, eschatology, methodology, doctrine–all are important, but how does my deep theological message help the family that just lost a child? How does it help the struggling family who has month left at the end of the money? How does it help the couple on the verge of divorce? How does it help the parents who are wrestling with what they might have done wrong that caused their child to stray? How does it help the teenager who is trapped in an un-Christian lifestyle but doesn’t know how to get out of it? How does it help the single mom who’s trying to fill the role of both mo and dad? How does it help the addict who is struggling to overcome drugs, alcohol or nicotine? How does it help the divorced ddad who sees his kids only for a short time during the year? These are some of the questions that should be asked before you put the first words of your sermon on paper.
A man in the congregation is struggling with his porn addiction. Someone in the congregation is in an adulterous situation and doesn’t know how to break away. Another is in a deep depression, and sees no way out of their circumstance. And, the list goes on.
Many of them are living with unanswered questions they are afraid to ask. How do we help them answer those questions?