Today we began the day listening to a download of an Andy Stanley sermon on giving. I gotta say it was a bit of a yawner — Andy’s a master speaker but the topic is too often done — until the last ten minutes, when Andy really took things to the next level and presented his vision of what his church would look like and what his church could do if people really embraced the idea of putting God first with their finances.
Then later in the day, we listened to a sermon by Francis Chan, who until recently hasn’t been part of our sermon download routine. I’ve been impressed with things I have been hearing about him, and the sermon did not disappoint. This is a guy who is totally sold out to God and literally drips passion with every sermon sentence. He talked about the sin of Achan and how each one of us is a threat to our spiritual community if we are holding on to sin and sinful patterns.
This day was about the difference between good sermons and great sermons; and great sermons are the ones which truly shake us to our roots, and challenge us to actually do the things that Christ calls us to do.