Gospel Motives for Gospel Perseverance

It’s been a sad time for the Christian Church over the past couple of years as various prominent Christian preachers and teachers have fallen into sin or, worse, fallen from the faith. I’m sure many of us look at this and ask, “If they fall, what hope for me? If they don’t get to the end of the Christian race, how will I ever manage it?

On top of that there’s the opposition to Christians that come from the every corner of world – the political world, the business world, the legal world, the entertainment world, the media world, the educational world. Again, this makes us wonder, “Will I persevere in the faith in the face of such opposition?”

The Colossians also looked at their own weakness and around at the opposition and must have had the same fears and raised the same questions because Paul wrote Colossians 1:21-23 to encourage and enable them persevere by asking them to look back and look at Christ’s power.

Below you’ll find a video on this passage that uses the Compelling Communicator methodology (adapted for sermons) and its Message Architect software to put together a sermon outline. For an explanation of the Compelling Communicator methodology and the Message Architect software, see previous video here. Previous videos in this series are:

Underneath each video you’ll find PDF and Word documents generated by the software. As I said before, if you want motivation to watch the videos and discover how brilliant this method and software is, have a look at the Sermon Blueprint PDF underneath the video.

Gospel Motives for Gospel Perseverance

Sermon Blueprint (PDF)
Sermon Notes (Word)


Restoring the Supremacy of Christ to our Worldview

How prominent is Christ in your worldview? When you view the world, what place does Christ have in it? When you look back at history and look ahead to the how big does Christ appear? I’m sure these questions convict all of us and create within us a desire to restore the supremacy of Christ in our worldview. But how do we do that? Colossians 1:15-20 gives us a blueprint.

Below you’ll find a video that uses the Compelling Communicator methodology (adapted for sermons) and its Message Architect software to put together a sermon outline on this passage. For an explanation of the Compelling Communicator methodology and the Message Architect software, see previous video here. Previous videos in this series are:

Underneath each video you’ll find PDF and Word documents generated by the software. As I said before, if you want motivation to watch the videos and discover how brilliant this method and software is, have a look at the Sermon Blueprint PDF underneath the video.

Restoring the Supremacy of Christ to our Worldview

Sermon Blueprint (PDF)

Sermon Notes (Word)


How to Move from People-Pleasing to God-Pleasing

We all struggle with people-pleasing to one degree or another, which not only displeases God but also drains pleasure from our lives. So how do we move from people pleasing to God-pleasing and the pleasure that such a life produces? We can find an answer to that question in Colossians 1:9-14.

Below you’ll find a video that uses the Compelling Communicator methodology (adapted for sermons) and its Message Architect software to put together a sermon outline on this passage. For an explanation of the Compelling Communicator methodology and the Message Architect software, see previous video here. You’ll also find there a video on using the same method and software to prepare a sermon on Colossians 1:3-8.

Underneath each video you’ll find PDF and Word documents generated by the software. As I said before, if you want motivation to watch the videos and discover how brilliant this method and software is, have a look at the Sermon Blueprint PDF underneath the video.

Moving from People-Pleasing to God-Pleasing (Colossians 1:9-14)

Sermon Blueprint (PDF)

Sermon Notes (Word)


A Revolution in Sermon Preparation

I want to introduce a book to you that has revolutionized my approach to sermon preparation. However, it’s not a book about preaching; it’s a book about improving Powerpoint presentations!

It’s called The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design and it’s written by Tim Pollard, a specialist in corporate and institutional presentations. It was recommended to me by David Thommen at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He told me he used it in advanced homiletics classes and so I thought I’d take a look. I was quickly convinced of the genius and utility of the book’s methodology and set out to adapt and apply it to preaching.

The author has provided software (called Message Architect) to assist in presentation/sermon design. It’s free for six months if you buy the book and use the code in it (and very inexpensive thereafter). In the first video below, I use the software to present the message of The Compelling Communicator. Then, in the video below that, I show you how I used it in the preparation of a sermon on Colossians 1:3-8.

I’m going to work consecutively through the book of Colossians in further videos using the software as I go. I hope you’ll find it edifying and enticing. It’s made me even more of a textual expository preacher, it’s enabled me to identify the message and aim of the text, and it’s also helped me to connect the text with hearers in an engaging, yes, even compelling way. I’ve been using it in my Hebrew exegesis classes and the students have loved using it for their own exegetical presentations too.

Below each video I’ve put the Sermon Blueprint that the software provides after you work through the five steps. I’ve also linked to the Word document that the system generates which is handy for expanding exegesis, inserting illustrations, etc. Even if you don’t watch the videos, have a look at the Sermon Blueprint pdf below the video and you’ll get an idea of the method.

Video 1: The Compelling Communicator Method

Presentation Blueprint (PDF, Word)

Video 2: Heavenly Hope or Worldly Pessimism (Colossians 1:3-8)

Sermon Blueprint (PDF)

Sermon Notes (Word)

Here are links to the Videos and Blueprints in this series so far: