The Best Sermon I’ve Ever Heard (9)
By Arron Chambers
Christian leaders, some of them preachers themselves, tell us about a sermon they can’t forget—and maybe you won’t either.
Titus Benton is a student pastor at Current—A Christian Church in Katy, Texas, as well as the executive director of The 25 Group, a nonprofit he and his wife started in 2014. His life’s mission is to preach, write, and give for the glory of Jesus.
And bacon. His life also revolves around bacon.
Titus’s Best Sermon: The best sermon on sacrifice was by David Platt, preacher at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. It is available at www.radical.net/resources/sermons/the-gospel-demands-radical-sacrifice.
Why Titus likes this sermon: “In a sermon going on eight years old, David Platt’s plea for sacrificial living is just as timely as ever. Most researchers are predicting a season where nominal American Christians will put up or shut up. This sermon challenges the status quo. It asks plainly: ‘Are you in or are you out, because the time for line-straddling is over.’ It profoundly affected my life, and is the best message on the subject of sacrificial living I’ve ever heard.”
Ross Runnels is married to Tina and they have two girls and a boy. He is a graduate of Florida Christian College. He has served as lead pastor with Canoe Creek Christian Church in St. Cloud, Florida, for the past 12 years. He is an awesome surfer (in his own mind).
Ross’s Best Sermon: The best sermon I have ever heard preached on hope is by Kyle Idleman of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. It is available at www.southeastchristian.org/sermons/this-is-where-it-s-at-a-study-of-romans/hope-or-despair/.
Why Ross likes this sermon: “We hear of so much tension, ignorance, and hurt all around us, and so it is great to remember the hope we have in Jesus. Kyle uses some simple but powerful illustrations to help the listener imagine his present sufferings as insignificant in comparison with the hope of Heaven.”
Leigh-Angela Holbrook has been active in women’s, youth, and worship ministries for 30 years. She’s a popular speaker, worship leader, and life coach. She’s married to Jeff, a FedEx pilot, and they live in Memphis, Tennessee, and attend Grace Crossing Church.
Leigh-Angela’s Best Sermon: My favorite online sermon is called “Why This Waste?” by the late Dr. Roger Chambers (my father). It is available at www.faithfulpreaching.com/RC1094_Why_This_Waste__3-13-1988.mp3.
Why Leigh-Angela likes this sermon: “It is the best sermon I’ve ever heard to challenge people to commit to the work of ministry. Every time I hear it, I want to walk down the aisle and commit my life to serving all over again! I don’t know about you, but I need that . . . when I grow weary in well-doing . . . when I’m asked to teach, again . . . every Saturday night . . . when ministry is so discouraging. This reminds me why I do it. Ironically, he spoke these words just a few months before he went home to be with the Lord. Awesome.”
Bobby Wallace has served in ministry for 15 years and is amazed by what God can do with a nobody. He is concluding a time as preaching minister with Plymouth (North Carolina) Church of Christ. He has been called to plant a church in Knightdale, North Carolina, in the Greater Raleigh area. He is married to Shari and the dad of three boys and one girl.
Bobby’s Best Sermon: The best sermon on purpose and impact is “Ripples” by Mike Breaux, available at https://vimeo.com/19154506.
Why Bobby likes this sermon: “I first heard a version of this message by Mike Breaux when I was in Bible college. It helped me see clearly, maybe for the first time, what difference one life can make in the hands of the Father.”
Darrel Land is a Christ follower, husband to Holli, and father of two children, Livia (12) and Jace (8). Darrel is founding and senior minister of the Christian Church of Jasper in Jasper, Indiana.
Darrel’s Best Sermon: The best sermon I have ever heard preached on raising up preachers for the next generation was by Matt Proctor, president of Ozark Christian College. Watch the sermon at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcA7JyVliJc.
Why Darrel likes this sermon: “Anyone who hears this sermon will be inspired, moved, and motivated about doing your part in raising up kingdom workers and preachers of the Word for the next generation. Not only was this message powerful, but it also gave practical ways we could all contribute to the effort.”
Arron Chambers, a CHRISTIAN STANDARD contributing editor, serves as lead minister with Journey Christian Church, Greeley, Colorado.