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Summary: When we learn to follow God’s will for our lives and do it with joy then we will conduct ourselves in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Philippians Chapter 1 (part 2) – “Life with purpose!”

On the Lighter side of life:

Light bulb jokes from the book 1002 Humorous Illustrations. Pages 223-225

Q: How many Calvinists does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: None: God has predestined when the lights will be one.

Q: How many Arminians does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Just one, but it has to be changed again and again?

Q: How many Christian counselors does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Only one, but the bulb has to be committed to long-term change.

Q: How many Presbyterians does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: They don’t know, but they will appoint a commission to discuss it and report back at the next meeting, at which time it will be discussed and referred back for further work.

Q: How many liberals does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: ten, as they need to hold a debate as to whether or not the lightbulb exists. Even if they can agree upon the existence of the lightbulb, they may not go ahead and change it for fear of alienating those who use fluorescent tubes.

Q: How many evangelicals does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Evangelicals do not change lightbulbs. They simply read out the instructions and hope the lightbulb will decide to change itself>

Q: How many Brethren does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Change?

Q: How many Amish does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: What’s a lightbulb?

Q; How many Baptists does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: A whole congregation. They need to vote on it.

Q: How many charismatics does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Twenty-one: one to change it and twenty to share the experience.

Q: How many Pentecostals does it take to change the lightbulb?

A: Ten: one to change it and 9 to pray against the darkness.

Q: How many charismatics does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Three: one to cast it out and two to catch when it falls.

Q: How many Southern Baptists does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: About 16 million: However, they are badly divided over whether changing the bulb is a fundamental need or not.

Q: How televangelists does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Honestly, we’re not sure . But for the message of change to continue to go out, please keep those letters and checks coming.

Thesis: When we learn to follow God’s will for our lives and do it with joy then we will conduct ourselves in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Opening Illustration:

The following conversation occurred between a canary in a cage and a lark on the window sill. The lark looked in at the canary and asked, "What is you Purpose?"

"My purpose is to eat seed."

"What for?"

"So I can be strong."

"What for?"

"So I can sing," answered the canary.

"What for?" continued the lark.

"Because when I sing I get more seed."

"So you eat in order to be strong so you can sing so you can get more seed so you can eat?"

"Yes."

"There is more to you than that," the lark offered. "If you’ll follow me I’ll help you find it, but you must leave your cage."

It’s tough to find meaning in a caged world. But that doesn’t keep us from trying. Mine deep enough in every heart and you’ll find it: a longing for meaning, a quest for purpose. As surely as a child breathes, he will someday wonder, "What is the purpose of my life?"


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