I recently heard a friend make an excellent point. Apparently there are only three passages in the Bible. How do we know this? Well, there seem to be only three sermon outlines, so obviously there are only three texts. The sermon outlines are as follows:
1. Jesus died for your sins, repent and believe, when you die you’ll go to heaven
2. Read the Bible more, pray more, evangelise more
3. Have more faith, be more obedient.
That’s pretty convincing (if you base your research on the majority of sermons preached). But perhaps the research is flawed? Perhaps there are more than three texts in the Bible? Perhaps these three outlines don’t really reflect the beautiful variety and complexity of the Bible?
Of course, there are probably a couple of handfuls of major themes that trace their way through the Bible. However, what an amazing selection of texts. Which one are you preaching tomorrow? Does it have a more specific outline and main thought than these three listed above? Let’s make sure it shows.