BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO WRITE THAT SERMON…

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?

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About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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