Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
Several years ago in England, a man wrote to the editor of the British Weekly. In his letter, the writer reported that he could not remember any sermons preached in any of the churches he had attended. Because of that, the man questioned whether sermons were really as important as preachers thought they were. “I have been attending church services for the past 30 years and I have heard probably 3,000 sermons,” wrote the man. “To my consternation,” he continued, “I discovered that I cannot remember a single sermon!"
As a result of that letter, many readers of the British Weekly wrote replies. They were published in the Letters to the Editor column. One letter seemed to get right to the heart of the problem posed by the listener to all those sermons. This letter-writer stated: “I have been married for 30 years. During that time, I have eaten 32,850 meals – mostly of my wife’s cooking. Suddenly, I have discovered that I cannot remember the menu of a single meal. And yet, I received nourishment from every single one of them. I have the distinct impression that without them, I would have starved to death long ago.”
Week after week, sermons are preached in churches around the world. Most of us who stand in these pulpits pray for divine inspiration. However, the sermons we preach tend to be either gripping or boring ... depending on the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and talents of the preacher. I certainly don’t think there’s any way God would leave the message of the Gospel up to the imperfections and shortcomings of human preachers alone. And so, over the centuries, God made sure that despite all those human inadequacies ... the message would NOT be lost... Read full sermon here (PDF)