I do my very best not to copy other people’s sermon stuff. In fact, I avoid some sites that offer their sermon series and graphics. I don’t care if others do it. Go for it. But for me, I just don’t feel that is for me and our church. It’s not that we think we are original by any means. It’s just that I want to hear from God directly as to what He wants to say to our church.
We are doing a new series called “Junk In The Trunk.” It’s basically about getting rid of the junk that holds us back from being free in Christ. It’s a basic sermon series. It addresses common issues that have always caused people to be held back from their God given potential. And I haven’t seen this title around anywhere as it relates to sermon titles. Maybe there’s a good reason for that, but that’s another issue.
So I get an email today from one of the men in our church ribbing me about copying Ed Young’s stuff. So I do a search and find a reference to it but not a sermon title. And it kind of wigs me out a bit because, like I said, I try to be somewhat original and work very hard at not duplicating stuff.
Anyway, the point is, I just don’t know how I feel about the proliferation of sermon materials being sent all around where all the study work, design work, and preparation has been done and little is required of the speaker. I am not trying to take a shot here at those who use the stuff. I just wonder if it’s just too easy. I know for me, God expects me to understand the word He wants me to deliver, and to study so that I am well versed and immersed in that message. And I usually find that whatever it is I am to deliver, I also have to conform to that word so that I do not expect what I am not living myself.
I find that my posts lately have been more questions and wonderings. I think I am in a pensive swing. This is one of those pensive posts where I am thinking on this subject.