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.
Tim Mitchell graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Missouri, in 2006. He serves as preaching minister of Bucklin Christian Church in Bucklin, Missouri, where he lives with his wife, Jenna, and their daughters, Diana and Zelda.
Tim’s Best Sermon: The best funeral sermon I’ve ever heard is by Dr. E.V. Hill, longtime preacher of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California, who died in 2003. You can listen to the entire message at www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_CDtEERSiE&feature=youtu.be.
Why Tim likes this sermon: “When I was 17, my best friend, Josh Furnal, sat me down in my parents’ living room and told me I needed to listen to this sermon on cassette tape. I wasn’t in the habit of listening to sermons at all at that age, but Josh talked me into it.
“Dr. Hill’s sermon is heart wrenching, somber, funny at times, and ultimately challenging to my faith. He asks and answers the hardest question humanity can ask of God: When God takes away, can we still trust him and bless his name?
“Before I heard this sermon, I never seriously considered the possibility of becoming a minister. But this sermon planted a spiritual seed in me that many elders, professors, friends, and family members watered so God would grow me into the minister I am today.”
Charlie Crowe was born into and raised in a Christian home, the son of a Christian church preacher. He has served as a church planter and preacher, and currently serves as vice president and senior consultant for Coleman Stewardship Services. His first book, Growing Up in the Shadow of the Proverbs was scheduled for release in the fall. He is married to Lorie and father of four children and two grandchildren.
Charlie’s Best Sermon: The best sermon on evil and the sovereignty of God is by Ravi Zacharias; it’s available in four parts at http://rzim.org/just-thinking-broadcasts/the-mystery-of-evil-and-the-sovereignty-of-good-part-1.
Why Charlie likes this sermon: “The church today faces tremendous challenges on a number of ethical hot-button issues. Without a solid understanding of good and evil, there is the temptation to allow the church’s moral pronouncements to pass into little more than social custom. Ravi demonstrates that in order to understand and effectively answer the challenge of evil, the church must understand the nature of good and the nature of God.”
Matthew grew up in a preacher’s home. His dad held ministries with GTO Evangelism, Person to Person Ministries, and served churches in Mississippi, Indiana, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Matthew is a 1994 graduate of Johnson University (formerly Johnson Bible College) in Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned his MDiv from Lincoln (Illinois) Christian Seminary in 2006. He has preached at the Shoals (Indiana) Christian Church since 2002 and was professor of preaching and New Testament at Louisville (Kentucky) Bible College for eight years.
Matthew and his wife, Tina, have been married for 23 years and have four sons: Jonathan (16), Robert (13), Isaiah (5), and Josiah (3).
Matthew’s Best Sermon: The best sermon I’ve ever heard on overcoming consumerism is by Chuck Sackett, senior minister of Madison Park Christian Church in Quincy, Illinois. He is also professor of preaching at Lincoln (Illinois) Christian Seminary. It is available at http://sermons.madisonparkchurch.com/805-overcoming-consumerism-i-deserve-to-choose.htm.
Why Matthew likes this sermon: “This sermon challenged me at a time in my life when we were expecting our fourth child. We were talking about adding on and all the things we needed. It was also the Christmas season, so my wife, Tina, and I were saving for Christmas presents. This sermon challenged me to reevaluate how we spent our money and how to best use our resources to the glory of God and the furtherance of his kingdom. Very convicting and needed in this day and age.”
Arron Chambers, a CHRISTIAN STANDARD contributing editor, serves as lead minister with Journey Christian Church, Greeley, Colorado.