In the Summer of 2005 I preached the sermon, ‘A Lot Like Jephthah’. My goal was to help men and women identify themselves with the Bible and see themselves in it.
What did I cringe at: I referenced things in the Bible vaguely. In and of itself that isn’t a big deal at all. But, I kept saying what I was doing as I did it. Silly, if you’re going to reference something reference it.
What I loved about this one: It was big. I preached about 5 minutes on Ehud (seen above, stabbing fat king Eglon), Deborah, Gideon, Samson, and Jephthah. It was a fun sermon, I brought my sword, and I think I reminded people of the Grace of Jesus.
This is an interesting example for me because I was doing a lot of thing implicitly that I still do (I had 5 recurring bridge-type statements about how the culture is different, but the need for the Gospel is the same). Everyone had a ‘strike’, that is different now but still exists: Ehud was left handed (I interpreted this simply as ‘different in appearance’), Deborah was a woman in leadership 4000 years ago, Gideon struggled with anxiety, Samson had the idol of romantic love, and everyone knew Jephthah had a dysfunctional family. The lord pursued through and used anyway.
So, I am thankful – to the LORD for helping me be clear, to Scott Sauls for letting me preach, and to my wife for not cringing too much while I preached.