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This Coming Weekend: How to Have Hope Every Day

Why We Hope Sermon Series

Easter offers us hope for the forgiveness of sin and for eternal life. But there is more! God offers us some huge reasons to have hope every single day! In part two of Why We Hope, coming up this Sunday at Grace Hills, we'll look at the three big gifts Jesus gives today to help us live with hope every day no …

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One More Way to Outline a Sermon

Sermon Preparation

Adrian Rogers outlined sermons using four phrases: Hey You! (Get the audience's attention) Look! (Examine the Scriptures) See! (Explain the passage) Do! (Make application) Andy Stanley is famous for one-point preaching, but really breaks his messages into five movements: Me (How do I struggle …

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8 Ways to Hook Your Congregation Into Your Message

Hook

The biblical text should be the grand centerpiece of every sermon. But we often take what should be the centerpiece, and move it to the front of what we have to say. In most cases, reading the text should come first in importance, but not first in the order of a message. Whether you're looking back at Plato or …

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Easter Means Healing Now, Hope Forever

Let me focus in for a moment on Simon Peter, one of the key disciples surrounding Jesus. You may know the story by heart in which Peter asserted that He would never dessert the Lord Jesus, to which Jesus replied, “Before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.” Sure enough, Peter forsook his …

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If I Were Preaching a Christmas Sermon Series

Christmas: Good Times

Note: Yes! Feel free to use anything you find here. Permission granted! I'm not in a pulpit this year, but if I were, I'd most likely be preaching a 4-part series of messages surrounding the story of the nativity. This is a time of year when Jesus still gets a bit more attention than usual, even if some of …

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