Lesson 8: When to Introduce New Sermon Ideas


  • Understanding the Right Timing for Changing Sermon Topics:
    • Change sermon topics as frequently as your audience has overcome a problem in one area of discipleship and is ready for a new challenge.
    • Avoid changing subjects too quickly, as it can disengage your audience due to the impossibility of applying too many topics at once.
    • If the problem your congregation is facing is not resolved, the sermon topic is not exhausted.
  • Focusing on Creating a Specific Outcome with Sermon Topics:
    • Your sermon topics should intend to produce a specific type of fruit in the lives of your listeners, similar to how New Testament writings aimed to change certain behaviors or reinforce positive qualities in the churches.
    • Stay on a sermon topic until it achieves the desired improvement in your congregation’s lives, indicating a clear outcome from the sermon series.
    • Address complacency if it’s a significant issue, possibly by switching topics briefly to tackle this before returning to the main theme.

Lesson Overview:

This lesson dives into the strategic timing for introducing new sermon topics within your ministry, ensuring that changes align with the congregation’s growth and readiness for new challenges. Understanding when to shift topics is crucial for maintaining engagement and fostering genuine spiritual growth. The focus is on creating sermons that lead to specific outcomes in the lives of the congregation, mirroring the intention behind the writings of the New Testament.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Timing of Topic Changes: Change sermon topics when your congregation has sufficiently addressed a particular area of discipleship and is ready for a new challenge. Avoid frequent changes that can overwhelm and disengage your audience.
  2. Purpose-Driven Topics: Sermon topics should aim to produce a specific outcome or “fruit” in the lives of your listeners. This approach ensures that the congregation sees tangible growth and improvement in their spiritual journey.
  3. Dealing with Complacency: Address complacency directly by occasionally changing topics to revitalize the congregation’s engagement. This can be a strategic move to confront and overcome stagnation within the community.

Action Steps:

  1. Evaluate Congregation’s Growth: Regularly assess the spiritual growth and readiness of your congregation to tackle new challenges. Use feedback mechanisms to gauge their progress and engagement.
  2. Plan for Specific Outcomes: Design sermon series with clear objectives in mind. What specific changes or growth do you wish to see in your congregation? Ensure each series moves towards these goals.
  3. Monitor and Address Complacency: Stay alert to signs of complacency within your congregation. Be prepared to introduce new topics or methods of delivery to re-engage and challenge your community.

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