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One of the top priorities for pastors is preaching powerful sermons. Week to week, you create sermons to connect your church with God’s Word and to disciple them to a closer relationship with Him. However, finding fresh ideas for sermons each and every week of the year can be a challenge. Some weeks your focus may be on other areas of caring for your church and sermon preparation needs to take a back seat. So, how do you preach your best sermons every week? Here are a few ideas to help you out.

1) Great sermons begin with a topic - Look for inspiration for sermon help in varied places to help keep your mind open to God’s leading. Is there a scripture that has been on your mind lately? Is there a current event or trend that you could speak into? Use one of these ideas to start your thought process for your next sermon.

2) Great sermons include study of scripture - Study scripture resources on your chosen sermon topic. Search for passages of the Bible that relate to the point of your sermon to help back it up with a biblical point of view.

3) Great sermons illustrate the point - The moral of any story usually leaves the most significant impression on the listener. The same is true for sermon illustrations. Beginning or ending your sermon with a story can help the point stick with your church.

Looking for ideas to get you started? Here are some ideas from some trending sermon topics.

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Sermons on Spiritual Growth

Spiritual growth is key for any believer. Preach sermons that will disciple your church and deepen their relationship with God.

The Secret of Growth

Directions for Disciples

Running Well, Finishing Strong

Superficial vs. Spiritual Wisdom

Sermons for Funerals

Sharing a funeral sermon is a time for comfort, peace, and remembrance. Here are ideas to help you share in that time with grieving loved ones.

Funeral Service Based on Abraham

Moving Funeral Messages

A Memorial Sermon

Sermons for Thanksgiving

Giving praise and thanksgiving isn’t a natural response. Use these sermon outlines to teach how to live a life of thanksgiving.

My Thanksgiving List

Thankfulness in Perspective

The Relationship Between Gratitude and Attitude

An Attitude of Thanksgiving

Sermons for Forgiveness

God forgave us first, so we can forgive others. Find topics for messages related to reconciliation and forgiveness.

When You Are Misunderstood

Loving Our Enemies: A Divine Task

How Does Forgiveness Work?

Understanding Forgiveness

Sermons on Faith

The Hall of Fame of Faith gives us examples to strive for in difficult situations. Teach your church to trust God in all circumstances with these ideas.

An Undying Faith

A Life Worth Living

Faith Over Fear

Sermons on Revival

Preaching a call to return to God, for revival of The Church around the world, will stir your church to take action.

Revival in a Bone Yard

Revival or Ruin

Reflections on a Revival

Sermons for Christmas

The Christmas season is a special time for your church to commemorate Christ’s birth. Here are some new takes on a Christmas sermon.

The Day God Became a Baby

When Heaven Came Down

Christmas Challenges

Sermons on Prayer

A sermon about prayer can open the door to amazing changes in your church’s prayer lives. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Four Keys of Intercessory Prayer

A Role Model for Prayer

The Prayer that Changes the World

How to Develop Your Prayer Life

Sermons for Communion Services

Include a sermon on the Lord’s Supper during your communion services to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Come to the Table

The Communion of Saints

Love Wins

More Sermons

Illustration: Determination

The story of the explorers who are credited with first reaching the North Pole personifies determination.

Illustration: Denominations

A Baptist preacher and his wife decided to get a new dog. Ever mindful of the congregation, they knew the dog must also be a Baptist. They visited kennel after kennel and explained their needs. Finally, they found a kennel whose owner assured them he had just the dog they wanted.

Illustration: Optimism

Sometimes it's the more you know that does impact your perspective and attitude.

Illustration: Shopping, Completeness

My first grader got some new boots she had been wanting for school. The teacher noticed she had gotten her boots and said, “Laura, I see you got new boots. Where did you get them?”

Illustration: Death

Children have an amazing capacity to wonder about the obvious.

Illustration: Grace, Fatigue

Grace is not always the pleasant experience we assume that it is, but God's grace is a gift of help that we need.

Illustration: Biblical Literacy

What's in a question? Not the typical Sunday School answer. How well do your church leaders know the Bible from which they live and preach?

Illustration: Lust, Self-Control

In his Turning Point Daily Devotional for July 16, 2004, David Jeremiah shares the Paul Harvey story about how Eskimos sometimes killed wolves: “A knife with a razor-sharp blade was soaked in blood, then frozen. After repeating these two steps numerous times, the blade was completely concealed by frozen blood. It was stuck in the ground, blade up, waiting for a wolf to catch the scent. A wolf, unable to quench his desire for the blood, would ultimately bleed to death from wounds inflicted by licking the blade."