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God's Good Creation Unmade by Sin Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-19c/?type=old_testament_lectionary Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Creation , Judgment , God's Faithfulness , Suffering Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Jeremiah 4 reminds us that God’s good creation is suffering deeply. Doug Bratt writes a sermon starter with an illustration idea on Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 explaining Israelites' foolishness, as well as God's judgment on them. No, You Are Not Actually the Power Source Sermon Illustration by Lillian Daniel http://day1.org/4586-lillian_daniel_no_you_are_not_actually_the_power_source Sermon Illustration by Lillian Daniel Topics: Faith , Prosperity , Control , Power Source: Day1 This sermon illustration tells the story of crossing a bridge in the dark to demonstrate the false ideas we easily believe when we think we have control of our own environment. God's Fingerprint in Creation Sermon Illustration by Stanley Mast http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/trinity-sunday-c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Stanley Mast Topics: Stewardship , Creation , Image of God , Trinity Sunday Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching In this sermon starter for Trinity Sunday readings, Doug Bratt suggests that preaching Psalm 8 involves helping worshipers see God’s fingerprints in creation’s complexity, and that people matter to God in the midst of that complexity. Spare the Rod and Spoil the Church Sermon Illustration by Charles Edward White https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/spare-the-rod-and-spoil-the-church Sermon Illustration by Charles Edward White Topics: Church , Discipline , Methodism , Confession Source: Christian History Institute Charles Edward White's account of John Wesley's approach to spiritual formation and dealing with sin, can be a source of illustrations for preaching or teaching on church discipline. From Bondage to Freedom Sermon Illustration by Norma Cook Everist http://day1.org/6992-norma_cook_everist_from_bondage_to_freedoman_excerpt_from_70_images_of_grace_in_the_epistles Sermon Illustration by Norma Cook Everist Topics: Forgiveness , Grace , Sin , Covenant Source: Day1 This excerpt from Norma Cook Everist's book "70 Images of Grace in the Epistles" explores several images of grace and offers examples of each that can serve as sermon illustrations. Advent - iThemba (Tower of Hope) by r1. Sermon Illustration by Erna Buber-deVilliers http://www.artway.eu/content.php?id=2202&lang=en&action=show Sermon Illustration by Erna Buber-deVilliers Topics: Environment , Advent , Hope , Work Source: ArtWay South African street artist, r1, and garbage recycler, Isaac Thomas, collaborated to use unlikely resources to create a noteworthy work of art that is a beacon of light in Johannesburg. God Has Blessed the Earth, What Will We Do? Sermon Illustration by Lynne Parker http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupLectionaryReading.asp?LRID=206 Sermon Illustration by Lynne Parker Topics: Stewardship , Creation , Science and Nature Source: The African American Lectionary In this sermon starter on Psalm 65:9-13, Lynn Parker takes a closer look at the way we take care of creation. She provides her own context, biblical exegesis, movements, illustrations. Jesus in the Darkness Sermon Illustration by Scott E. Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/lent-1b/?type=the_lectionary_gospel Sermon Illustration by Scott E. Hoezee Topics: Jesus , Lent , Evil , Wilderness Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching If we are going to follow Jesus to the cross, we must start where he and John the Baptist started--in the wilderness; the kingdom of God cannot draw near until the kingdom of darkness/desert is... Disruptive Peacemaking Sermon Illustration by Ethan Hughes https://www.plough.com/en/topics/faith/discipleship/disruptive-peacemaking Sermon Illustration by Ethan Hughes Topics: Peace , Community , Consumerism Source: Plough The Hughes have formed an inspiring intentional Christian community whose members give up the trappings of modern life in order to disengage from the system of war and consumerism. Good sermon illustration for peacemaking or anti-consumerism. Love vs. the Competitive Drive Sermon Illustration by Alistair Mackenzie https://www.theologyofwork.org/book/just-decisions/part-two-7-dilemmas-christians-face-at-work/chapter-7-love-vs.-the-competitive-drive Sermon Illustration by Alistair Mackenzie Topics: Love , Work , Economics Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling These case studies would make good sermon illustrations for Christ-like self-sacrifice in the workplace. One describes a cutthroat, competitive business strategy while the other describes a woman who privileges her coworkers over her own commission. Divorce Is Bad for the Environment Sermon Illustration by Brandon J. O'Brien http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2007/december/5123107.html Sermon Illustration by Brandon J. O'Brien Topics: Environment , Divorce , Marriage , Persons Source: Preaching Today This is an illustration by Brandon O'Brien describing that divorce is having a bad effect on the environment, appropriate for Matthew 19:3-9, Malachi 2:13-16, and Mark 10:2-12. Getting Religion on the Environment Sermon Illustration by Eduardo M Peñalver https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/getting-religion-environment Sermon Illustration by Eduardo M Peñalver Topics: Environment , Words , Sin Source: Commonweal In this sermon illustration, an excerpt from the Southern Baptist Convention's statement proclaiming their own mistakes in the conversation of climate change explores themes of the Church's responsibility, environmentalism, and the idea of modern sin. Killer Workplaces Sermon Illustration by Matthew Woodley http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2011/august/3082911.html Sermon Illustration by Matthew Woodley Topics: Peace , Community , Health , Relationship Source: Preaching Today This sermon illustration reviews a study about the detrimental affects of a toxic or stressful work environment. We Can't Duplicate Creation Sermon Illustration http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2001/january/12804.html Sermon Illustration Topics: Creation , Apologetics Source: Preaching Today This illustration is about an experiment called "Biosphere 2" where a microcosm of Earth was created for creatures and humans. This environment failed completely over a couple years, revealing the amazing intelligent design of Earth. A Vision for the Church in Society Sermon Illustration by Arthur Landwehr http://collections.carli.illinois.edu:80/cdm/ref/collection/uni_sermons/id/5374 Sermon Illustration by Arthur Landwehr Topics: Church , Ecclesiology , Vision , Culture Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection In this outline, Arthur Landwehr discusses his vision for the church's role in society, focusing especially on the church's responsibility to trust in God and live in God's Kingdom. Do You Feel Cared For? Who Cares? Sermon Illustration by Arthur Landwehr http://collections.carli.illinois.edu:80/cdm/ref/collection/uni_sermons/id/2699 Sermon Illustration by Arthur Landwehr Topics: Care , John Wesley , Love your neighbor Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection A sermon on John 10:11-17 from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection. God cares even when it seems no one else does and, for people in the world who need care, we should care too. Paul: A Preacher with Integrity Sermon Illustration by Scott E. Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-26a/?type=lectionary_epistle Sermon Illustration by Scott E. Hoezee Topics: Paul , Preaching , Word of God , Scripture Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching In this sermon starter on 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, Scott Hoezee considers what makes God's Word different from all of the other words we hear on a daily basis. Includes an illustration from Frederick Beuchner's "Wishful Thinking." Love's Problem Sermon Illustration by Arthur Landwehr http://collections.carli.illinois.edu:80/cdm/ref/collection/uni_sermons/id/5288 Sermon Illustration by Arthur Landwehr Topics: God , Love Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection In this sermon on 1 John 4:7-12, Arthur Landwehr speaks about human potential, which is both found in and perfected by the endless love of God. Sermon starter: Colossians 3:1-11 Sermon Illustration by Scott E. Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-13c/?type=lectionary_epistle Sermon Illustration by Scott E. Hoezee Topics: Lectionary , Colossians , Daily Living , Christian Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching When Paul writes, "whatever you do..do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus," in Colossians 3:17, "whatever" takes on a devastatingly powerful force, because that means the horizons of Jesus’ Lordship are limitless. The Power of Forgiveness at Work Sermon Illustration by Michael Wiltshire https://www.plpit.com/the-power-of-forgiveness-at-workarticle-by-brooke-deterline-2016read-the-full-article/ Sermon Illustration by Michael Wiltshire Topics: Forgiveness , Work , Grudge-bearing Source: Fuller Plpit Michael Wiltshire draws on a recent study demonstrating the positive impact of forgiveness in the workplace to reflect on Genesis 1-2 and the need to embody faith-based values in carrying out God's mandate to work.

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