• I. G. Spong

    Contributing sermons since Jan 18, 2014
I. G.'s church

Big Pool United Methodist Churches
240 520 7708

About I. G.
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Master of Theological Studies
  • Experience: 19 years pastoral ministry in the Baptistic world. 6 years pastoral ministry in the Methodist world.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Gospel sermons.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach what Jesus taught. Don't preach feel good, gimmicky, empty headed fluff. Just preach Jesus.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Nothing satisfies like Jesus. Listen to him. Read what he has to say. Stay in a church where Jesus is preached.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I was in Czechoslovakia at a church festival and about to introduce some special music. The services were in German. My German was imperfect. I introduced the music as being played on the Geflügel (poultry) instead of the Flügel (grand piano).
  • What I want on my tombstone: He preached Jesus.
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  • Lesson 15: Preach A Single Verse

    Contributed on Mar 21, 2018

    How to preach on a single verse

    Lesson Goal I hope to teach how to prepare and deliver a sermon expounding a small unit of Scripture such as a single verse or part of a verse. Lesson Intro A sermon can be painted using a very fine brush for a single word, a small brush for a single verse, a medium brush for a part of a more

  • Lesson 14: Preach On A Single Word

    Contributed on Mar 21, 2018

    How to preach on a single word

    Lesson Goal To preach a sermon expounding a single word of Scripture Lesson Intro If a picture is worth a thousand words, can a single word be worth a thousand pictures? Lesson Plan We will examine how to choose a word for a sermon, how to research its meaning and create points which more

  • Lesson 13: Preach A Springboard

    Contributed on Mar 19, 2018

    How to springboard without slipping

    (The Textual Topic or Topical Text) Lesson Goal Preach a sermon that appropriately uses a single text as a springboard to discuss a broader topic. Lesson Intro As with the biblical topic sermon, some topics are not covered completely within one text. Lesson Plan We will discuss more

  • Jesus' Mock Parade

    Contributed on Mar 19, 2018

    The political implications of Palm Sunday

    Prelude Where does the solution to all our problems, really come from? Does it come from here on earth? What does God have to do with national and personal deliverance from all our problems? Purpose: Let’s understand the political implications of Palm Sunday. Plan: Let’s look at Mark more

  • Lesson 12: Preach A Biblical Topic

    Contributed on Mar 18, 2018

    How to preach a topic that comes from the Bible.

    Lesson Goal To preach a topic that comes from the Bible. Lesson Intro Preaching a text is the easiest and most effective habit for preaching. However, various topics are also covered in the Bible that require the use of several passages of Scripture. How to handle this is an art and a more

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  • Mark 11:1-11

    Contributed on Mar 20, 2018

    Jesus’ Mock Parade Imagine for a minute a grand parade. It might be one of those that celebrates military might with tanks and rockets. It might have brass bands, flags waving and marchers goose-stepping in rhythm, with a dictator either clapping from a grandstand or even at the head of the more

  • Fail In Order To Succeed

    Contributed on Jul 15, 2017

    An old axiom says that failure is the stepping stone to success. Are we afraid of failure? The road to success is paved with failures. Before the farmer in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) had a successful crop he failed in three areas. We fail in these same areas. We allow the devil to snatch more

  • Sow Indiscriminately

    Contributed on Jul 15, 2017

    In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) Jesus spoke of the kingdom of heaven being like an indiscriminate sower. This contradicts theories surrounding church growth of targeting certain statistically measurable demographics. There is no such target audience in this parable. The seed of the kingdom more

  • How Urgent Do We Approach The Harvest

    Contributed on Jun 13, 2017

    In Matthew 9:38 Jesus describes driving workers into the field with the urgency of a harvest that cannot wait. Yet, so often our churches have become ho-hum about God's harvest. How can revival come to our land when our churches are so Laodicean in attitude? How can our dying western more

  • Preaching Fluff Versus Quality

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2017

    I once lived in a town where there were two preachers who were polar opposites. The one was very charismatic and enthusiastic. But, he did not preach the Bible. I asked him one day why he didn't preach the Bible. His answer was that the people could read their Bibles at home. He preached more