I have been attending churches of various types for more years than I should like to admit because it would too clearly reveal my age. Still, there is a good deal of scripture I’ve never heard as a sermon subject. Here is a list of my top ten sermon subjects that I’ve never heard addressed from the pulpit.
10. “Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what you find; each this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.’ So I opened my mouth and He fed me this scroll.” Ezekiel 3:1-2
9. “It was said, ‘Whomever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’; but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” Matthew 5:31-32
8. “May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine.” Song of Songs 1:2
7. “Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to him whose life is bitter. Let him drink and forget his poverty and remember his trouble no more.” Proverbs 31:6-7
6. “‘Come, let us make our father drink wine, and let us lie with him that we may preserve our family through our father.’ So they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn went in and lay with her father, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.” Genesis 19:32-33
5. “Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares and killed every male.” Genesis 34:25-26
4. “‘You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not this way among you, ‘but whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.'” Mark 10:42-44
3. “But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.'” Ruth 1:16
2. “The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.” I Corinthians 7:4
1. “And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. Because in much wisdom is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.” Ecclesiastes 1:17-18
So there’s my list. I will admit I have had discussion in Bible study about nearly all of these, but brothers and sisters talking together is not the same as a pulpit sermon.
Joy and Peace!
My pastor preached #3 for mothers day. And I thought it was one of the most beautiful and wonderful things anyone has ever said. Most importantly, she’s not telling it to her lover but her own mother in law. I do realize the whole “your gods my gods” maybe be the sticking point for most people. But I loved the context of it and the way my pastor taught it. – Callie Black