Whether you are retired or still actively pastoring, try reducing your sermons to ten that mean the most to you. Ten sermons that basically say everything God has laid on your heart. Quite a challenge!
Dr. Perry Hancock is the longtime executive of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe. This week, on campus to sketch the children and talk to them, I had several visits with this great friend. I was his and Tanya’s pastor in New Orleans, so we go back a ways.
At one point, Perry said, “I’m down to ten sermons which I preach all over.” In a different church every Sunday, many for the first time, he does not need to reinvent the wheel each week in the way of a pastor of a congregation, God bless ’em!
He added, “I do have to keep up with where I’ve preached them so I won’t repeat myself when they invite me back!”
We laughed. I know that feeling, being retired.
How many sermons do I have, I wondered. Of course, as with every pastor, I have a Bible full of messages preached over some 55 years of ministry. I’ve preached through the 28 chapters of Acts at least twice and could do it again. (The first time, when still in my 20’s, toward the end of that long year, a deacon said, “Preacher, you’re about to Acts us to death!” I said, “The famous ACTS-murders!”). I have informed my new wife, “Honey, I cannot repair a car or build you a back porch, but I can give you a Bible study on Ephesians right now!” We laughed. She’d been married to a good preacher for over half a century, so she knew how that is.
Anyway, here are my “ten best sermons,” so to speak. Or, a better way of stating it is: These messages form the heart of what God has called me to preach to His people.