104 Life Changing Sermon Topics & Sermon Ideas For 2023

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If you are hoping to engage your church audience and powerfully change their life with the right sermon topics and sermon ideas, you are in the right place.

In this article, we will discuss how to choose the right sermon topics for your congregation and share a HUGE list of sermon ideas to get you moving in the right direction. 

Let’s jump right in! 

How Do I Choose The Right Sermon Topic?

The list of sermon ideas we have for you below is crazy long. How do you choose the right sermons for your church audience?

If you are reading this post, you probably agree that Jesus was the most influential person to ever live. If we want to know how to choose the right sermon, we should first look at how Jesus influenced the people in and around his ministry every day. 

Jesus used a simple 5 step process to powerfully influence people around his ministry. If you would like to read in-depth about this process, I have written extensively on it in other blogs and in our article titled, Church Marketing Online: The Biblical Way To Grow Your Church.

In this post, we will take a cursory look at this. The five steps Jesus used to influence the people around his ministry were: 

  1. Jesus Went Out: Jesus went out to where the people were (Ex. He went to Geneserat: He didn’t wait for Peter, James, and John to ‘come to church’ – Luke 5:1-11).
  2. Jesus Knew His Audience: Jesus knew who the people were and understood their deepest problems (Ex. He saw fishermen with no fish).
  3. Jesus Met A Non-Spiritual Need: Jesus Met their NON-SPIRITUAL NEEDS first (Ex. Jesus gave them a ton of fish). 
  4. Jesus Shifts To The Spiritual Need: Jesus shifted the conversation from the non-spiritual need to the spiritual need – linking the two so his audience would understand the importance of the spiritual need (Ex. “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”).
  5. Jesus Gives A Call To Action: Jesus called his audience to action with one clear request (Ex. Follow me – Matthew 4:19, Matthew 19:21).

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Jesus’ entire strategy revolves around meeting the needs of the people around him. He begins by meeting the non-spiritual needs of those who don’t know him. 

Then, when he has shown these people outside of his ministry that he understands how important their worldly needs are, he links the worldly needs to their spiritual needs. 

Why did he do this? 

Jesus understood that people IN THE WORLD cannot understand or relate to the kingdom of heaven until he grounded the heavenly perspective in something they could understand.

Many people have very impactful worldly needs that distract them from their spiritual needs (like food, water, clothing, etc.) Eternal issues can always be put off to tomorrow in the eyes of the unbeliever but food can’t wait. When Jesus healed the sight of the blind, gave fish to the fishermen, or healed the leprosy of the lepers, he was alleviating the worldly need that was keeping his audience from thinking about more important spiritual matters. 

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Jesus’ strategy also reveals to his audience that he understands and cares deeply about what HIS AUDIENCE believed their needs to be. Of course, you and I both know the most important thing for the people connected with your ministry to know is Jesus. He meets the ultimate need. 

But they may not understand that to the same degree you do, and they won’t be open to hearing what YOU THINK until they know you value what THEY THINK. This is the same thing every pastor has heard about youth ministry, “Kids don’t care what you know until they know you care.” 

That’s not just true in youth ministry, that’s just true in general. 

Make it a point to strategically meet the deepest felt needs of your audience. When you do, the door to their hearts will open, and be much more receptive to the messages you preach on Sunday. 

So what does this have to do with sermon topics? 

Everything. 

When you choose a sermon topic, you must be considering what the most deeply felt need of your audience is at any given time. 

If you only remember one thing from this entire article remember this: 

People go where their needs are met.

People stay where their needs are met consistently.

If your sermons aren’t strategically targeting what YOUR AUDIENCE believes to be their most deeply felt needs, they won’t be listening to your sermons for very long. 

What phase of life is your audience in? What are the biggest problems they are facing? Are they raising children? Is it grief & death? Do they struggle financially? 

As a pastor, you want to live and breathe the needs of the people in your congregation. When you know what your audience needs, you can pick a sermon that will change lives every time. 

Faith Vs. Works Sermon Topics

Possibly the biggest reason church audiences disengage from Sunday sermon topics is the result of an unhealthy split between faith-based sermon topics and works-based sermon topics. 

In many churches, the Sunday message is the same old “have faith in Jesus” sermon said a little differently than the week before. While faith in Christ is the cornerstone of the Christian life, we are also supposed to build upon this with works (which are done out of gratitude for our salvation, not to get salvation.) 

Once we begin to understand the elementary teachings of the scripture (milk), we are supposed to graduate to the more difficult application of those teachings (meat). 

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In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” – Hebrews 5:12-14

Many church leaders choose sermon topics that are milk every week when their audience wants and needs meat. 

If you give milk to an audience who needs meat, they will find another pastor to give them meat instead. 

Of course, the opposite is also true (but far less common from our experience).

Maybe your church has strategically decided to focus solely on evangelism and bringing people to Christ. If this is your focus, then preaching exclusively on the elementary teachings of the faith is a great thing to do!

If you like most ministries that fall into the “too much milk” category, then it’s probably time to start considering sermon topics that will help your audience develop the practical skills they need to live a righteous life. Consider difficult things to master like marriage, finances, work, disagreements, in-law issues, etc. 

There is no right amount of milk vs meat to have in your church so long as the split you choose meets the needs of your audience. 

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Comfortable Vs. Uncomfortable Sermon Topics 

The next big reason people disengage from sermon topics and churches more broadly, is because there is an unhealthy split between comfortable and uncomfortable sermon topics. 

Primarily in the West, we try to please our church audiences with sugary treats on Sunday mornings, big flashy events, epic guitar solos, and comfortable sermon topics. We think that if we have more excitement and comfort than other churches, then people will come to our church. 

This is untrue. The reason the events have to be more flashy every year and the expectation for increasing comfort and amenities is on the rise is because people are increasingly bored by their churches. 

Why not just quit going to church altogether and just go to some fancy spa or fitness club? 

If you are going to make church easy, people are going to move to the church that does it the best, and it won’t be yours. It will be a church with a bigger budget.

The good news is that people don’t want ease, entertainment, and comfort. That’s just what we have conditioned them to expect. 

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People really want a challenge. And adventure. They want purpose and something worth sacrificing for.  People want a vision and a reason to do something really difficult with their lives. If you don’t believe me, take Jordan Peterson for example: 

Jordan Peterson is an internationally renowned secular/conservative scholar who primarily speaks to young men. He also now has the full backing of the Daily Wire. When Dr. Peterson speaks to young men, he never says anything easy, entertaining, or comfortable. He tells them to take ownership of their life. “Get up and make your dang bed. You can’t put your community in order until you put your own house in order”, he says. 

Dr. Peterson doesn’t accept excuses. He shows his audience that he is living out his teachings, and if they want to follow him, then they need to live them out too. The crazy part is, his audience LOVES it. They want more responsibility. They gladly pay through the nose to go see him speak. Dr. Jordan Peterson is the rockstar of conservative scholars because HE ASKS MORE of his audience, not less. 

Everything he says is uncomfortable because it’s intended to hold his audience to account for what they are doing with their lives. And it works.  

You would be surprised with the amount of engagement you would receive if you started preaching more challenging sermon topics. People in the west have everything they could ever want but depression and anxiety are at all-time highs. Why? Because they have no purpose. 

Give your audience a bigger challenge with your sermon topics. 

If you want a bigger challenge, you will love our article titled, 14 Shocking Church Growth Scriptures That Will Jumpstart Your Ministry.

Results Of Choosing The Right Sermon Topics

When you successfully begin to choose sermon ideas that meet the deeply felt needs of your audiences and that challenge them to take massive action, you will notice that church engagement increases all around. People will begin taking ownership of their own lives. People will start making changes. When you connect this necessity for action to the mission and vision of your church, people will start to take ownership of your ministry as well. 

When you create the expectation that people do the hard work that sanctification demands (pick up their cross daily), a new wave of healthy growth, purpose, and optimism will spread through your ministry. This is because you have begun meeting people’s REAL needs, not their superficial needs for comfort and entertainment. 

Meeting real needs says something like this: Life can be hard sometimes. You have a need because there is a problem in your life that hasn’t yet been solved. It hasn’t been solved because it’s a BIG problem. We are going to invite the victory of Jesus into that problem, but it requires you to do your part too. It’s going to be difficult, but we will do it together.

Choosing sermon topics like this will not only meet the needs of your existing congregation, but it will inspire them to bring other people to your church when they begin to see the fruit in their own lives that were inspired by your sermon topics.

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How to Choose Sermon Topics That Touch The Soul

But how do you find engaging sermon ideas that your audience will come back for over and over? 

Modeling Jesus’ 5 steps above, it’s not about what needs you think your audience has, it starts with what needs your audience thinks they have.

To determine what your audience feels they need, survey your congregation with these three questions: 

  1. What is the biggest problem you are currently facing? 
  2. What is the biggest need in your life right now? 
  3. What was the most impactful experience you have ever had with a church? 

The first two questions are two sides of the same coin. An unmet need is the result of a problem. And a problem creates a need. Asking them both brings additional clarity to your understanding of the needs of your audience. 

In question three, impactful experiences were impactful because they met a need. The fulfillment of the need is what creates the impact. Jesus made such an impact by giving Peter, James, and John fish. Weirdly, it made such a powerful impact that they then left everything (including the fish) to follow Jesus. 

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Give this survey to your church audience and aggregate the total responses. What you will find is that some common needs will stick out in your survey data. 

You might find that your audience is struggling with addiction, poverty, lack of motivation, parenting, marriage, etc. 

When you Identify the overarching needs of your audience, begin choosing your sermon ideas based on which needs are most pressing. 

How To Choose The Best Sermon Ideas

When we pick sermon subjects at random off a list online, the likelihood that we speak to our SPECIFIC audience in a meaningful way is practically zero. Imagine if I tried to speak to my wife in a meaningful way by picking her birthday gift off a post titled “100 best birthday gifts for women”. That’s not going to work out well. 

If you already know the deeply felt needs of your audience, using a list of ideas to address their specific needs strategically is great. We recommend that you choose sermon subjects that follow this strategic

  1. Does the sermon idea align with the mission and vision God has called our church to?  (If God has called your ministry to international missions, why are we preaching about the necessity of helping the homeless? That’s the job of another church.)
  2. Does the sermon idea equip our audience to fulfill this vision in their own lives? (If your church exists to create healed inner-city families, do your sermons have Biblical strategies to build healthy relationships?)
  3. Does the sermon idea challenge your audience to take action? 

When Do You Need A New Sermon Idea?

Many pastors feel that they can’t stay on the same sermon idea for too long. So how long is it okay to preach about the same sermon topic? When the NT writers preached, they didn’t preach for its own sake, they preached to create a result in the lives of their listeners. Many of the NT books were written as exhortations to specific churches where they were intended to change certain behaviors in that church or to reinforce other positive qualities. 

Similarly, your sermon topics are intended to produce a specific type of fruit in the lives of your listeners. If the problem they are facing is not resolved, then your sermon topic is not exhausted. 

For example, if you are preaching on how to communicate in marriage and your surveys, Bible studies, and conversations indicate that the couples in your congregation are still struggling to resolve conflict in a healthy way, then it’s time to double down on your sermon idea, not change it. 

When you let your congregation know that you are going to stay on the subject until their lives improve, you have issued a challenge. You have told them that the old status quo is no longer acceptable and that sitting in church and listening is no longer enough. 

If you feel complacency is an even bigger issue in your audience, it may be time to switch your sermon topic long enough to address the complacency. Then shift back to the original idea until people begin to take ownership of their lives.

You don’t need a new sermon idea or sermon topic every week or even every month. You should change your sermon subject as frequently as your audience has overcome a problem in one area of discipleship and is ready for a new challenge. 

Changing subjects every week can disengage your audience because too many subjects too quickly are impossible to apply. 

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104 Sermon Topic Ideas

The great thing about the sermon topics below is that they can be tailored to fit any need your audience has. 

If your congregation is struggling with depression, you can take the lessons below titled, The love of God, Purpose, Vision, depression, joy, and focus them all on how they apply to depression. 

Get creative with how these broad sermon topics can help to meet the needs of your church audience. 

Here are 104 Sermon topic ideas!

Sermon Topic Idea 1: Obedience

Deuteronomy 5:32, Psalm 119:4-6, John 14:15, Romans 6:17, 1 Samuel 15:22-23, Ephesians 6:1-3, Matthew 7:21, Hebrews 13:17,  Colossians 3:20, Proverbs 19:16.

Sermon Topic Idea 2: Love

John 13:34, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:7-12, Ephesians 3:17-19, Colossians 3:14,  Philippians 2:3-4, Galatians 5:13-14, 1 Peter 4:8.

Sermon Topic Idea 3: Doubt

John 14:1, Matthew 6:30, Hebrews 11:6, Romans 8:38-39, Matthew 17:20, 2 Corinthians 5:7, 1 Peter 5:7-8, Psalm 46:10, James 1:5-6.

Sermon Topic Idea 4: Depression

Psalm 42:6, Deuteronomy 31:8, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 34:17-18 , Psalm 147:3, Matthew 5:4, Ecclesiastes 3:11, James 5:13-15.

Sermon Topic Idea 5: Fear 

Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 56:3-4, Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 34:4, 2 Timothy 1:7, Romans 8:15, Philippians 4:13.

Sermon Topic Idea 6: Grief & Loss

John 14:1-3, Psalm 23:4, Isaiah 43:2-3, Psalm 34:18, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Romans 8:38-39, Psalm 147:3.

Sermon Topic Idea 7: Anxiety

1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22, Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 46:1-3, Matthew 6:25-34, Romans 8:28,  Proverbs 12:25,  Hebrews 13:6.

Sermon Topic Idea 8: Faith

Hebrews 11:1, Romans 10:17, Matthew 21:22, Philippians 4:13, Psalm 28:7-8,  Romans 4:20-21, 1 Peter 5:7, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Psalm 37:3-5.

Sermon Topic Idea 9: Hope & Encouragement 

Romans 15:13, Jeremiah 29:11-12, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 30:5, Romans 15:4-5, Psalm 31:24, Isaiah 41:10-13, Psalm 27:14, Hebrews 6:19.

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Sermon Topic Idea 10: Joy

John 16:24, Galatians 5:22-23, Psalms 30:5, Psalm 33:1, Isaiah 12:2-3, Philippians 4:4,  Psalm 100:2, Jeremiah 15:16, Nehemiah 8:10.

Sermon Topic Idea 11: Finding Peace

John 14:27, Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:7, Psalm 29:11, Romans 5:1-2, Colossians 3:15-16, Proverbs 16:7, Micah 6:8,  Isaiah 32:17.

Sermon Topic Idea 12: Forgiveness

Colossians 3:13, Matthew 6:14-15, Ephesians 4:32, Psalm 51:1-2, Mark 11:25-26, Luke 17:3-4, Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9,   Matthew 18:21-22,  2 Corinthians 5:17-18.

Sermon Topic Idea 13: Contentment

Philippians 4:11-13, Hebrews 13:5-6, 1 Timothy 6:6-8, Ecclesiastes 5:10-12, Psalm 37:3-7, Romans 12:11-13, 2 Corinthians 6:10, Colossians 3:23-24, Psalm 16:5-6, 1 Timothy 6:17-19.

Sermon Topic Idea 14: Serving Others

Galatians 5:13-14, Matthew 25:35-40, Romans 12:10-11, Hebrews 10:24, Matthew 20:25-28, 1 Peter 4:10, Philippians 2:1-4, Ephesians 6:7-8, John 13:34-35, Mark 10:45.

Sermon Topic Idea 15: Confronting Sin and Evil

Ephesians 5:11, Romans 6:12-14, James 4:7, 2 Corinthians 10:5, 1 Timothy 5:20, Titus 3:10-11, 1 Peter 5:8-9, Proverbs 27:5-6, Psalm 94:16-17 and Jude 1:23.

Sermon Topic Idea 16: God’s Provision 

Psalm 23:1, Philippians 4:19, Isaiah 41:10-13, Matthew 6:25-34, Deuteronomy 28:12-14, 2 Corinthians 9:8-11, Psalm 84:11-12, Isaiah 55:10-11, Jeremiah 29:11-13 and Proverbs 3:5-6.

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Sermon Topic Idea 17: Living In The Light

1 John 1:5-9, Romans 13:11-14, Ephesians 5:8-10, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 119:105-106, Matthew 5:14-16, 2 Corinthians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 4:3-5, Proverbs 6:23 and John 8:12.

Sermon Topic Idea 18: Having a Purpose

Jeremiah 29:11-13, Psalm 139:13-16, Romans 8:28-31, Isaiah 54:2-3, Ephesians 2:10, Colossians 3:23-24, Matthew 6:25-33, Proverbs 22:6, Ecclesiastes 12:1 and John 15:16.

Sermon Topic Idea 19: Vision

Proverbs 29:18, Habakkuk 2:2-3, Isaiah 30:21, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Proverbs 13:12, Ephesians 3:20-21, Philippians 3:13-14, 2 Timothy 1:12-14, Romans 8:37-39 and Matthew 6:33-34.

Sermon Topic Idea 20: Overcoming Temptation & Sin

James 4:7-8, Philippians 4:13, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Matthew 6:24-25, Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Galatians 5:16-18, Romans 12:21 Colossians 3:5 and 1 Peter 5:8.

Sermon Topic Idea 21: Growing Together in Community

Philippians 2:2-4, 1 Peter 4:8-11, Romans 15:5-7, Galatians 6:1-2, Ephesians 4:25-32, Hebrews 13:16, Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 18:15-20 Proverbs 27:17 and James 5:16.

Sermon Topic Idea 22: Loving your Neighbor

Matthew 22:37-40, Romans 13:8-10, Leviticus 19:18, Galatians 5:14, 1 John 4:7-12, Romans 12:9-10, Luke 10:27-37, 1 Peter 1:22, Proverbs 17:17 and Matthew 5:43-48.

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Sermon Topic Idea 23: Loving your Enemy 

Matthew 5:44-48, Romans 12:17-21, Luke 6:27-36, Proverbs 25:21-22, 2 Timothy 2:24-26, Philippians 2:3-4, Ephesians 4:29-32, 1 John 4:7-12, Colossians 3:13 and 1 Peter 3:8-9.

Sermon Topic Idea 23: Humility  

Proverbs 11:2, Philippians 2:3-8, James 4:7-10, 1 Peter 5:5-6. Colossians 3:12, Matthew 23:11-12, Proverbs 16:18-19, Micah 6:8, and 1 Peter 2:21-23.

Sermon Topic Idea 24: Having Patience

Psalm 27:14, Ecclesiastes 7:8-9, James 5:7-11, Proverbs 16:32, Isaiah 40:31, Romans 8:25, Galatians 6:9, 2 Timothy, 4:2 Luke 8:15, and 1 Thessalonians 5:14.

Sermon Topic Idea 25: Perseverance

Romans 8:37-39, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Hebrews 10:36-38, James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-5, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, Philippians 4:11-13, Galatians 6:9, and Acts 14:22.

Sermon Topic Idea 26: Generosity & Giving 

2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Matthew 5:42, Proverbs 3:9-10, Acts 20:35, Luke 6:38, Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Ecclesiastes 11:1-4, Colossians 3:17, and 1 Timothy 6:17-19.

Sermon Topic Idea 27: Pride 

Proverbs 16:18-19, James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5-7, Proverbs 8:13, Isaiah 14:12-14, Obadiah 1:3-4, Romans 12:16, Luke 14:11, and Matthew 23:12.

Sermon Topic Idea 28: Kindness

Colossians 3:12-14, Galatians 5:22-23, Proverbs 16:24, John 15:12-13, Ephesians 4:32, Romans 12:1-2, Luke 6:35-36, Psalm 133:1-3, and Matthew 5:43-48.

Sermon Topic Idea 29: Godly Fatherhood

Ephesians 6:4, Psalm 103:13, Deuteronomy 6:5-7, Proverbs 22:6, Joshua 24:15, Colossians 3:21, Jeremiah 29:11,  2 Corinthians 12:14, 1 Peter 3:7, and 1 Timothy 5:8.

Sermon Topic Idea 30: Godly Motherhood

Proverbs 31:10-31, Isaiah 49:15, Titus 2 :3-5,  Psalm 113:9, Genesis 1:28, Luke 1:46-55, 1 Timothy 2:15, Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Exodus 20:12, and Proverbs 17:6.

Sermon Topic Idea 31: Unity

John 17:20-23, Ephesians 4:1-6, Romans 12:15-16, Philippians 2:2-4, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Colossians 3:14 -17, Galatians 5:13-15, Psalm 133:1-3, and Acts 2:44.

Sermon Topic Idea 32: Servitude

Matthew 20:25-28, Philippians 2:3-4, John 13:1-17, Mark 10:45, Romans 12:7-8, Luke 22:26-27, Galatians 5:13, Hebrews 6:10, Luke 16:10, and James 1:22.

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Sermon Topic Idea 33: Gender 

Genesis 1:27, Galatians 3:28, Deuteronomy 22:5, Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Corinthians 7:2-16,  Colossians 3:18-19, Titus 2:3-5, Ephesians 5:22-33, Proverbs 12:4, and Isaiah 56:4.

Sermon Topic Idea 34: Holy Spirit

John 14:15-17, Acts 2:4, Romans 8:26-27, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Timothy 1:7, Galatians 5:22-25, Ephesians 4:30, 1 John 4:13, Titus 3:5, and Luke 11:13.

Sermon Topic Idea 35: Purity  

1 Thessalonians 4 :3-5, 1 Corinthians 6:18-20,  Romans 12:2, Proverbs 5:15-20, Revelation 22:14, Titus 2:11-12, Philippians 4:8 Colossians 3:5, Isaiah 52:11, and 1 Peter 5 :8. 

Sermon Topic Idea 36: Holiness

1 Peter 1:15-16, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 1 John 3:2-3, Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 12:14, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Leviticus 20:7-8, Titus 2:11-12, Jeremiah 17:9, and Colossians 3:5.

Sermon Topic Idea 37: Suffering   

2 Corinthians 4:17, Romans 8:18,  James 1:2-4, Isaiah 43:2, John 16:33, Psalm 71:20, 1 Peter 2:21, Philippians 3:10, Isaiah 53:3, and Hebrews 12:1-2. 

Sermon Topic Idea 38: Wisdom

Proverbs 3:5-6, James 1:5, Job 28:28, Proverbs 2:6-7, Ephesians 5:15-16 Colossians 3:16, Matthew 7:24-27, Ecclesiastes 4:9, Isaiah 11:2, and Luke 21:15.

Sermon Topic Idea 39: Courage

Joshua 1:9, Romans 8:31, Ephesians 6:10-18, Deuteronomy 31:6, 1 Samuel 30:6, Hebrews 13:5-6, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 27:1, 2 Timothy 1:7, and Proverbs 28:1.

Sermon Topic Idea 40: Contentment

Hebrews 13:5-6, Philippians 4:10-13, 1 Timothy 6:6-8, Ecclesiastes 5:10, Proverbs 15:16-17, Psalm 37:1-7, James 4:2-3, Ephesians 5:19-20, and Matthew 6:25-34.

Sermon Topic Idea 41: Gratitude

Romans 5:8, Ephesians 4:29,  1 Corinthians 4:7, Colossians 3:15-17, Psalm 95:1-2, Romans 8:31 Philippians 4:6 Proverbs 3:9-10 James 1:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Sermon Topic Idea 42: Grace

Romans 3:23-24,  Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7, Hebrews 4:16, Romans 5:1-2 , 1 Peter 5:10, John 1:14-17, Ephesians 4:7, Matthew 11:28, and James 4:6.

Sermon Topic Idea 43: Salvation

John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9-10,  Ephesians 2:8-9, Colossians 1:13-14, Titus 3:5, Isaiah 53:6, Philippians 3:20-21, Hebrews 7:25, and 1 Peter 3:18.

Sermon Topic Idea 44: Anger

Proverbs 14:29, Ecclesiastes 7:9, Ephesians 4:26-27, Colossians 3:8, James 1:19-20, Psalm 37:8, Galatians 5:22,  Matthew 5:21-22, and Romans 12:19.

Sermon Topic Idea 45: Righteous Living

Psalm 119:1-8, Romans 12:2, 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, Matthew 5:48, Philippians 4:8, Titus 2:11-12, Galatians 5:22, Matthew 4:19, Luke 10:27, and Hebrews 12:14.

Sermon Topic Idea 46: The Love of God

Psalm 103, 1 John 4:10,  Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16-17, Romans 8:38-39, 1 Corinthians, 13:4-8 Ephesians, 2:4-5  Exodus 34:6-7, and Mark 12:30.

Sermon Topic Idea 47: Leadership

Ephesians 4:11-16, Acts 6:3-6, Nehemiah 7:2, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 16:3, Hebrews 13:17, Luke 22:26-27, 1 Thessalonians 5:12, and Romans 12:8.

Sermon Topic Idea 48: Worship and Praise

Psalm 150, John 4:23-24 , Psalm 100, Philippians 4:4, Psalm 95:6, Matthew 6:9, Revelation 19:1-8,  Hebrews 13:15, Romans 12:1, and James 5:13.

Sermon Topic Idea 49: Serving in Ministry

Romans 12:1-8, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Acts 6:4 , Matthew 25:41-45, Colossians 3:23-24, Hebrews 10:25, Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 5:2, John 13:34, and 1 Corinthians 15:58.

Sermon Topic Idea 50: Growing Closer to Christ

John 8:31-32, 1 Peter 2:1-3, Romans 8:15, Luke 9:23-24, Isaiah 40:30-31, Philippians 3:12-14, John 15:4-5, James 4:8, Ephesians 3:17, and Hebrews 12:2.

Sermon Topic Idea 51: Sanctification

1 Thessalonians 4:3, Ephesians 2:8-10, Hebrews 12:14, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Romans 8:13, 1 Peter 1:15, John 17:17, Philippians 3:12-16, Titus 3:5, and Colossians 3:5.

Sermon Topic Idea 52: Meditation 

Psalm 1:2, Psalm 19:14  Joshua 1:8, Ecclesiastes 12:13, Philippians 4:8, Romans 10:17, Colossians 3:16, Luke 21:34, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Daniel 9:3, and Proverbs 4:20-23. 

Sermon Topic Idea 53: Stewardship

Genesis 2:15, Malachi 3:8-10, Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 12:42-48, 1 Corinthians 4:2, Colossians 3:17, Proverbs 24:27, James 2:15-16, Mark 8, and Ecclesiastes 5:19.

Sermon Topic Idea 54: Creation

Genesis 1:1-2, Psalm 8:3-8, Psalm 104:24, Job 38:7, Romans 1:20, Colossians 1:15-17, Exodus 20:11, Isaiah 40:26, Acts 17:24-27, and Hebrews 11:3.

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Sermon Topic Idea 55: Jesus’ Crucifixion

John 19:17-37, Mark 15:22-39, Luke 23:33-49, Matthew 27:45-54, Hebrews 12:2, 1 Peter 3:18, Romans 5:8, Isaiah 53:5, John 10, and Galatians 6:14.

Sermon Topic Idea 56: Satan

Job 1:6-12, Ephesians 6:11-18, 1 Peter 5:8, Matthew 4:1-11, Revelation 12:9, Romans 16:20,  Luke 10:19, 2 Corinthians 11:3, Isaiah 14:12, and Ezekiel 28:14.

Sermon Topic Idea 57: Marriage

Ephesians 5:31-33, Proverbs 31:10-12, Mark 10:6-9, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Corinthians 7:3-5, Matthew 19:3-9, Colossians 3:18-19, Titus 2:3, and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

Sermon Topic Idea 58: Jesus’ Resurrection

Matthew 28:2-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-7, John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 6:5, Ephesians 1:19-20, Acts 2:22-32, Colossians 3:1, and Philippians 3:21.

Sermon Topic Idea 59: Hard Times

Hebrews 11:1-3, Isaiah 40:29-31, Romans 4:17-21, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 46:1-3, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, James 1:2-4, Job 13:15, and Matthew 6:25-34.

Sermon Topic Idea 60: Godly Manhood 

Galatians 5:22, Exodus 20:12, 1 Corinthians 16:13-14,  Ephesians 4:29, 1 Timothy 3:2-3, Proverbs 22:6, 1 Peter 2:11, Titus 2:1-8, Matthew 5:48, and Philippians 4:8. 

Sermon Topic Idea 61: Godly Womanhood

Proverbs 31:10-31, Titus 2 :3-5, Proverbs 11:16,  Psalm 1:1-2, Isaiah 52:7, Ephesians 5:25, 1 Peter 3:3-4, Colossians 3:12-14, Galatians 5:22, and Romans 16:1-2.

Sermon Topic Idea 62: Seeking God

Jeremiah 29:11-14, Matthew 6:33, Psalm 27:8, James 4:8, Isaiah 55:6,  John 5:39, Revelation 3:20, Proverbs 8:17, Luke 11:9-10, and Hebrews 11:6.

Sermon Topic Idea 63: Missions 

Matthew 28:19-20, Isaiah 6:8, Acts 1:8, Jeremiah 29:7, Colossians 1:6, Luke 4:18-19, Matthew 9:37-38, Romans 10:14-15, Mark 16:15-16, and 2 Corinthians 5:20.

Sermon Topic Idea 64: Abiding In God

Psalm 46:10, John 15:4-7, Romans 8:3, Colossians 3:3, Jeremiah 33:3, Psalm 73:23-28, Philippians 4:13, 1 John 4:19, Isaiah 26:3, and Ephesians 3:17.

Sermon Topic Idea 65: Baptism 

Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-5, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27, Acts 8:36-38, Colossians 2:11-12, John 3:5, and Matthew 3:13-17.

Sermon Topic Idea 66: Communion

Matthew 26:26-29, 1 Corinthians 11:23-30, Luke 22:19-20, Mark 14:22-25 Acts 2:42, John 6:35-58, 2 Peter 1:4,  Romans 12 :1, Hebrews 13:15, and Revelation 3:20. 

Sermon Topic Idea 67: Apologetics

1 Peter 3:15, Jude 1:3-4, Romans 12:2, Acts 17:22-34, Colossians 2:8, Proverbs 26:4-5, Isaiah 1:18, Titus 3:9, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, and James 4 :7. 

Sermon Topic Idea 68: Addiction 

1 Corinthians 10:13, Romans 6:12-14, Galatians 5:16-17, 1 Peter 2:11, Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 17:9, Job 31:1, Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:6-7, and Hebrews 12:15.

Sermon Topic Idea 69: Dating 

Ephesians 5:3, 1 Corinthians 7:39, Proverbs 18:22, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Matthew 22:37-40, Deuteronomy 6:5, Romans 12:10, Colossians 3:14, Titus 2:2, Genesis 2:24, and Proverbs 31:30.

Sermon Topic Idea 70: Divorce

Malachi 2:16, Proverbs 2:17, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, Jeremiah 3:8, Luke 16:18, Romans 7:2, 1 Corinthians 6:16, Matthew 19:3-9, Isaiah 54:5, Ephesians 5:31, and Deuteronomy 24:1-4.

Sermon Topic Idea 71: Evangelism 

Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20,  Romans 10:14, 1 Peter 3:15, Acts 1:8, John 4:35 Psalm 67:2, Luke 19:10, Isaiah 6:8, Jeremiah 29:11, and 2 Corinthians 5:20.

Sermon Topic Idea 72: Family

Ephesians 6:1-4, Deuteronomy 6:5-7, Proverbs 22:6, Psalm 128 :3  Colossians 3:18-21 Genesis 1:27 Matthew 19:5 Romans 12:10 1 Timothy 5:8 and Ephesians 4:2-3.

Sermon Topic Idea 73: Fellowship

Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Peter 4:8, Galatians 6:2, Romans 12:10, Proverbs 27:17, 1 John 3:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Philippians 2:1-4, Colossians 3:13-14, and Hebrews 13:16.

Sermon Topic Idea 74: Spiritual Warfare 

Romans 12:2, Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, 1 John 4:4, James 4:7, Isaiah 54:17, 1 Peter 5:8, Philippians 4:13, and Romans 8:31.

Sermon Topic Idea 75: Fruit of the Spirit

Matthew 7:16-20, Galatians 5:22-23,  Luke 6:43-45, 2 Corinthians 9:10, James 3:17-18, Ephesians 4:29, Psalm 1:3, Proverbs 11:30, Romans 14:17, Colossians 3:12, and 1 John 4:7.

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Sermon Topic Idea 76: The Attributes Of God 

Exodus 34:6-7, Isaiah 6:3, Psalm 37:25,  James 1:17,  Romans 11:33, Psalm 139:14, Jeremiah 32:17, Deuteronomy 4:35, Job 33:12,  and Hebrews 6:18. 

Sermon Topic Idea 77: Healing

Matthew 8:16-17, Isaiah 53:5, Psalm 103:3, Exodus 15:26, Matthew 9:35, James 5:14-15, 1 Peter 2:24, Proverbs 4:20-22, Jeremiah 30:17, Philippians 4:6, and Mark 16:18. 

Sermon Topic Idea 78: Trauma 

Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 55:22, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4,  Romans 8:18, Jeremiah 30:17, Luke 4:18, John 16:33, Deuteronomy 31:8, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 43:1, and Philippians 4:13.

Sermon Topic Idea 79: Heaven

John 14:1-3, Psalm 11:4, John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Revelation 21:1-2, Isaiah 25:8, Matthew 5:12, Daniel 12:2, Romans 8:18, Jeremiah 29:11, and Philippians 4:7. 

Sermon Topic Idea 80: Treasure 

Matthew 6:19-21, Colossians 3:2, Proverbs 23:4-5, Psalm 115:15,  Ecclesiastes 2:26, 1 Peter 5:7, Luke 12:34, Matthew 13:44, Philippians 4:8, and 1 Timothy 6:17-19. 

Sermon Topic Idea 81: Hell 

Matthew 25:41, Luke 16:23-26, 2 Thessalonians 1:9,  Revelation 14:10-11, Psalm 9:17, Isaiah 66:24, Hebrews 10:31, Deuteronomy 32:22, Matthew 13:50, Mark 9:43-48, and Jude 1:7.

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Sermon Topic Idea 82: Homosexuality  

Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-1, 1  Matthew 19:4-5,   Leviticus 20:13, Deuteronomy 22:5, Genesis 2:24, Jude 1:7, Ephesians 5:31, and Proverbs 6:20.

Sermon Topic Idea 83: Jesus

Matthew 1:21-23, Philippians 2:5-11, John 3:16, Romans 10:9, Colossians 1:15, Isaiah 53:2, Hebrews 4:14, Matthew 11:28, Luke 19:10, Revelation 1:17, and Mark 12:30. 

Sermon Topic Idea 84: Justification 

Romans 5:1-2, Galatians 2:15-16, Hebrews 10:14, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Titus 3:7 Romans 3:22-24, Philippians 3:9, Ephesians 1:7, Matthew 11:28, John 6:47,  and Acts 13:38-39. 

Sermon Topic Idea 85: Justice

Psalm 82:3–4,  Luke 18:1–8, Jeremiah 22:3, Proverbs 31:9, Isaiah 1:17, James 5:4, Amos 5:24, Micah 6:8, Matthew 23:23-24, and Zechariah 7:9.

Sermon Topic Idea 86: Mercy 

Psalm 103:8, Psalm 52:1, Matthew 5:7,  Luke 1:50, Romans 9:15-16, James 2:13, Ephesians 2:4, Micah 7:18, Lamentations 3:22-23, Isaiah 55:7, and Psalm 136:1.  

Sermon Topic Idea 87: Money  

Luke 16:10-12, Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 8:18, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Proverbs 11:28, Ecclesiastes 5:10, Matthew 19:21, Matthew 6:24, Luke 12:15, Philippians 4:19, and Proverbs 3:9. 

Sermon Topic Idea 88: Compassion

Colossians 3:12-14, Micah 6:8, Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 15:20-24, Hebrews 4:15, Proverbs 12:25, 1 John 3:17-18, Matthew 25:31-46, and Romans 12:9-18.

Sermon Topic Idea 89: Parenting 

Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:1-4, Colossians 3:21, Deuteronomy 6:5-7, Proverbs 13:24, Psalm 127:3-5, Proverbs 19:18, 1 John 4:7, Isaiah 54:13, and Luke 15:11-32. 

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Sermon Topic Idea 90: Repentance

Acts 3:19, 2 Corinthians 7:10, Luke 15:7, Isaiah 55:6-7, Ezekiel 18:30-32, Joel 2:13, Jeremiah 36:3, Proverbs 28:13, 1 Peter 4:8, and Matthew 21:28-32. 

Sermon Topic Idea 91: Sacrifice   

Hebrews 13:15-16, Philippians 2:17, Romans 12:1, Proverbs 21:3, Isaiah 58:5-7, Ephesians 5:2, Psalm 50:14, Mark 12:29-30, Malachi 3:3, and Matthew 16:24. 

Sermon Topic Idea 92: Servanthood  

Matthew 20:26-28, Luke 6:38, Romans 12:11, Philippians 2:3-4, Colossians 3:23, Galatians 5:13, John 13:14, 1 Peter 4:10, Mark 10:45, James 1:27, and Matthew 23:11. 

Sermon Topic Idea 93: Sex   

1 Corinthians 6:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5,  Hebrews 13:4, Proverbs 5:15-20, Genesis 2:24, Titus 2:3-5, Colossians 3:5, Matthew 5:27-28, Romans 13:13, and Ephesians 5:31. 

Sermon Topic Idea 94: Spiritual Gifts  

Romans 12 :3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:7, Ephesians 4:11, James 1:17, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Peter 4:10, 1 Corinthians 14:1, Isaiah 11:2, Ephesians 5:19, and Acts 2:38. 

Sermon Topic Idea 95: Spiritual Growth   

2 Peter 3:18, Ephesians 4:15, Philippians 2:12-13, Colossians 1:10, Romans 12:2, James 1:4, Hebrews 5:14, 1 Corinthians 14:20, Proverbs 24:3-4, and Galatians 6:7-8. 

Sermon Topic Idea 96: Power of Prayer  

Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 6:7-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:6-7, Luke 18:1-8, Psalm 66:18-20, John 14:13-14, Romans 8:26-27, James 5:16, and Ephesians 3:14-21.

Sermon Topic Idea 97: Stress   

Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 6:34,  Psalm 55:22, Proverbs 16:3, Isaiah 26:3, 1 Peter 5:7, 2 Corinthians 12:10, James 4:13, Romans 8:28, and Ecclesiastes 11:10. 

Sermon Topic Idea 98: Temptation 

James 1:12-15, Proverbs 16:4, Psalm 119:9-11, Matthew 6:13, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Romans 12:2, Hebrews 4:15, Isaiah 54:4, John 14:27, and Ephesians 6:10-18. 

Sermon Topic Idea 99: Thankfulness 

1 Thessalonians 5:18, Colossians 3 :15, Psalm 9:1, Philippians 4:6, Ephesians 5:20, Jeremiah 33:11, Luke 17:13-17, 2 Corinthians 9:10, 1 Chronicles 16:8, and Psalm 107:1. 

Sermon Topic Idea 100: Tribulation   

John 16:33, Romans 8:35, Psalm 34:19, James 1:2-4, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Proverbs 24:10, Hebrews 10:32, Isaiah 40:29, Lamentations 3:22-23, and 1 Peter 4:12-13. 

Sermon Topic Idea 101: Trusting God

Psalm 9:10, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 37:3-5, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Matthew 6:25-34, James 1:2-4, and Hebrews 10:23. 

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Sermon Topic Idea 102: Unity  

Romans 15:5-6, 1 Corinthians 12:12,  Ephesians 4:1-3, Psalm 133:1, Philippians 2:2, Colossians 3:14, John 17:21, Acts 4:32, Galatians 5:13, and Romans 15:7. 

Sermon Topic Idea 103: Community 

Hebrews 10:24, Romans 12:4-5, 1 John 4:7-11, Galatians 6:2, Ephesians 4:1-3, Proverbs 17:17, Acts 2:42, James 5:16, Matthew 18:20, 1 Corinthians 12:12, and Philippians 2 :3.

Sermon Topic Idea 104: Spiritual Maturity   

Ephesians 4:13, 1 Peter 2:2, Hebrews 6:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15, Colossians 3:16, Philippians 3:17, Romans 12:1, Proverbs 16:32, Galatians 5:22, James 1:4, and Ephesians 4:15.

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