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We Shall Rise! (Hallelujah!)

April 2, 2010

Finding a subject for Sunday’s sermon always presents a challenge.  Not because we run out of good material for preaching.  Let it never be said!  Who could exhaust the pages of Scripture?   I for one can say that the more I attempt to preach through the various books of the Bible, the more I find them inexhaustible.  I recently spent three weeks on Proverbs 3:5-7 in our Wednesday night service.  And when I finished, more subject matter came to mind that I had not covered.  I am currently preaching through the Book of Acts on Sunday mornings.  The series began in January of 2009.  I just preached through the first part of chapter 12.  I had to move on from chapter 11, even though I had more that I wanted to do.  The Bible is always that way.  It is impossible to “run out” of good material.

The challenge of finding a suitable subject for preaching has nothing to do with a lack of suitable material.  Rather, the refrigerator, the deep freeze, and the pantry are so packed full of good things that I sometimes find it difficult to choose which one.  It is like the menu at a really great, four-diamond restaurant with a world-renowned cook.  You know that everything on that menu will be outstanding, and you just can’t decide which dance you want your tastebuds to do.  The Bible is so full of great truths and power-packed verses that we sometimes find ourselves tossed between texts like a boy in a ball closet.

Never is this more true than at Easter.  I’m a “series” guy.  I like to preach a series of some sort, often through a particular book of the Bible.  But at Easter, I always take the time to preach on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and on the promise of the resurrection of the saints.  But what to preach?  There are so many wonderful texts to choose from.  We can do the resurrection story itself, or cover any one of the hundreds of verses and passages that deal with the resurrection.  Of all the doctrines of grace, it is the most chock full of rich goodness.  We shall rise!  Hallelujah!  Because He lives, we shall live also!  We shall be caught up together in the clouds with the dead in Christ that rise first.  We shall meet the Lord in the air.  And so shall we ever be with the Lord!  Christ has gone to prepare a place for us, and since He has, He will come again, and receive us unto Himself; that where He is, there we may be also!  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed!

What a day that will be!  But, anticipating that great resurrection morning, we are reminded that the resurrection is for the here and now as well as for then.  And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins.  Christ came that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly.  Having received the gift of God, we live the resurrection life (Colossians 3:1-3).  Let’s live it up, then!

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  1. Br Steve
    April 3, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Amen, Br Mallinak.

    Now if you’d just post some of these sermons or a way to purchase them that would be really nice of ya Br Mallinak!

    Respectfully Submitted

    Br Steve

    Gal. 2.20

  2. April 3, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Yup, this is the preacher’s dilemma! You may appreciate these words by Spurgeon on this subject: The Preacher’s Dilemma (An Embarrassment Of Riches)

  3. jtr
    April 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Great link Bro Bouey!

  4. April 14, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I’m just now getting back to the blog, and I noticed the comments here. Thanks for the link, Jerry. I’m reading it now. Brother Steve, we are a bit shy of putting sermon links up, and besides, reel-to-reel recording is tough to get on the internet. But if you ever feel inclined to contact our church office (801-399-3855), they would be glad to send you any sermon material that you desire.

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