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.
Ryland Brown serves as preaching minister with Little Rock Church in Arkansas. He is the author of three books and lives outside of Little Rock with his wife and two children. Along with his ministry in the church, he has been given opportunities to speak on death and dying to medical professionals, church groups, and has done training for a local hospice.
Ryland’s Best Sermon: The best sermon I’ve heard is “The God Who Speaks” by Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. The sermon is available at www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/god-who-speaks/.
Why Ryland likes this sermon: “Mark Dever explores, through the amazing visions found in Ezekiel 1, the concept that preaching is not rooted in a cultural expression of a historical context, but rather in God speaking to us, showing us who he is. One of the great gifts God has given us is to know him and to hear from him.”
Years after becoming a Christian in his late teens, Christopher Kerr served as minister at Jackson Christian Church, a small, rural congregation south of Atlanta. A graduate of Point University (formerly Atlanta Christian College), Christopher occasionally blogs at www.semitheologian.com, sharing his thoughts on God, ministry, and everyday life.
Christopher’s Best Sermon: The best sermon on creating a gospel centered ministry is by Timothy Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. The sermon is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bEzekmL3S4.
Why Christopher likes this sermon: “Gospel sermons are traditionally evangelistic, whereas this message is much more instructional, delivered in Keller’s always thoughtful and intellectual approach. In this unique sermon delivered to a Gospel Coalition audience, Keller breaks down 1 Peter 1 and 2 to describe the gospel in seven different ways, all of which can guide us to a better understanding of the good news.”
Matt Summers is lead pastor/planter of Crossroads Christian Church in Joliet, Illinois, a multiethnic, urban church that’s grown from 30 people to 850 people in weekend attendance the past eight years. Matt is married to Janice and has four kids.
Matt’s Best Sermon: The best sermon I’ve ever heard on men’s issues and struggles is “Samson” (actually the whole series) by Craig Groeschel, pastor for LifeChurch.tv. The series of sermons is available at www.lifechurch.tv/watch/samson-2012.
Why Matt likes this sermon series: “I love this series because it challenges men to be leaders in their homes, to find freedom from their failures, and to address the struggles in their lives that are common to men.”
Cash Hunter is the children’s minister at Fayetteville (North Carolina) Christian Church. Cash is married to Kristy. He is a cat guy. The couple has two of them, but he balances his love for cats with his love for anything involving Florida State University.
Cash’s Best Sermon: The best sermon on parenting, legacy, and losing your marbles was delivered by Reggie Joiner at National Community Church in Washington, D.C. It is available at https://vimeo.com/94796864. (Reggie, by the way, is founder and CEO of reThink Group; check out its resources at www.whatisorange.org.)
Why Cash likes this sermon: “Reggie nails it with the illustration of marbles and the idea of every time a week passes one less marble is in our jar. He shares, “When you see how much time you have left, you tend to get serious about the time you have now.” Reggie reminds us that our time is limited and even men of faith from Scriptures knew this. Moses said in Psalm 90:12: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Cash says, “I think this is a message every leader and every parent needs to see, for our time with our children is limited.”
Arron Chambers, a Christian Standard contributing editor, serves as lead minister with Journey Christian Church, Greeley, Colorado.