A Sermon Isn’t Complete Until It’s Put Into Practice

A man once who wanted to become the pastor of a particular church was allowed to preach a sermon one Sunday and it was so powerful that the congregation decided to ask him to be their pastor. So the first week that he gave a sermon as their pastor it was the very same sermon that he gave that impressed them the first time. When his second Sunday rolled around he gave the exact same sermon. On his third Sunday, it was the same thing. Finally some of the congregation went to him to find out what was going on. He looked at them confidently and assured them, “I know what I’m doing. When you start living out this sermon. I’ll go on to the next one.”

The sermons that Jesus gave had a recurring theme. Which shouldn’t be surprising, the King of kings wanted to be sure that the people understood what was required of them to be able to be part of His kingdom. He came to the world to announce a whole new world order a lifestyle that was totally different and out of step with the life that was usually used at that time. Themes like forgiveness, servanthood, and unconditional mercy and grace were constantly repeated by Jesus, over and over again.

And now, more than 2,000 years since His death, here we are finding ourselves in need of the exact same message. As soon as we start repenting and living under the authority, the reign and the actual rule of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, our King of Salvation, we will finally experience benefits to our lives, glory to His name, and we’ll also become blessings to others, but until we do, the sermon will remain incomplete!

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