The Best Sermon I’ve Ever Heard (15)
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.
Chuck Sackett grew up outside the church and became a Christian during high school. His parents owned a bar and restaurant in a small town in Idaho. He came to Jesus through the friendship of someone willing to “cross the tracks” into his world.
He currently preaches at Madison Park Christian Church (Quincy, Illinois) and teaches at Lincoln (Illinois) Christian University and for TCM International Institute. He is husband of Gail and they have three married daughters.
Chuck’s Best Sermon: The best sermon I’ve heard on patriotism and Christianity was by Brooks Wilson, the preaching minister of South Side Christian Church in Springfield, Illinois. Listen to the sermon at http://southsidechristian.com/uploads/audio/6.29.14.mp3.
Why Chuck likes this sermon: “In this sermon, Brooks courageously addresses a key topic faced by American Christians. He uses humor to disarm the listeners, yet deals biblically with the underlying issues of the idolatry of putting America ahead of Christ’s lordship.”
Scott Blount became a Christian at 27 and a minister at 29. Prior to that he was in radio and television news for a decade. He currently serves as associate minister at Vero Christian Church in Vero Beach, Florida, having served there for the past 16 years. Scott and his wife, Peggy, have three grown and married children (Elliott, Ian, and Emily) and three amazing grandchildren (Micah, Eden, and Landon).
Scott’s Best Sermon: Rick Atchley’s recent sermon series titled “Life Hacks” is the best I’ve ever heard. The message that kicks off this series, titled, “Living in Babylon,” can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/161503965. Atchley is senior minister at The Hills Church in Richland Hills, Texas.
Why Scott likes this sermon: “As the American culture grows more antagonistic toward Christ followers, we need to remember how to live in such a way as to serve God, while serving the culture around us. This sermon, and this whole series, teaches us how to be a blessing from God to Babylon (our culture). The sermon series is a MUST for those who truly want to be God’s blessing to those around us.”
Angel Flores is founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Greeley, Colorado. He has written two books but still hasn’t learned to properly use commas.
Angel’s Best Sermon: The best sermon I have ever heard on persistence was by Steven Furtick. Although I was unable to find that exact message, this sermon by Steven captures the essence of it: https://youtu.be/zi4XtdbiW60.
Why Angel likes this sermon: “A couple of years after planting our church, I heard Steven Furtick speak at a church planting conference. His message was based on 2 Kings 3 and described digging ditches with the expectation of God sending water to fill them. In the midst of grinding out a young church plant, it was exactly what I needed to hear: just keep digging!”
Jackie Cole grew up in Washington state, but moved to Idaho to attend Boise Bible College, where she majored in Christian education with an emphasis in children’s ministry. While attending BBC, she served on the children’s ministry staff at Foothills Christian. After graduation, Jackie moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to join Christ’s Church of Valley’s Leadership Institute and Johnson University’s Online Strategic Ministry master’s program. Jackie now lives in Greeley, Colorado, where she is interning with Journey Christian Church.
Jackie’s Best Sermon: The best sermon on knowing and being known by Christ is “Christmas at the Movies” by Todd Clark. At the time he preached the sermon, Todd was on the teaching team at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Phoenix, but he has since moved to the Slingshot Group. He currently lives in Southern California. The sermon is accessible at ccv.church/watch/message?MessageId=537.
Why Jackie likes this sermon: “This is a sermon by Todd Clark during Christ’s Church of the Valley’s ‘Christmas at The Movies’ series. In this sermon, Todd reminds us we are not called to be happy, but we are called to be full of joy, and this can truly be found only in Christ.”
Arron Chambers, a CHRISTIAN STANDARD contributing editor, serves as lead minister with Journey Christian Church, Greeley, Colorado.