Question and Answer About Biblical Texts

Here are some sample passages from Scripture. You tell me the response being called for.

  • Ruth 1:1-22
  • Psalm 133
  • Matthew 20:20-28
  • Ephesians 5:21-33
  • 1 Peter 5:8-9
  • Revelation 1:1-3

Even though these texts seem obvious to me regarding the responses being called for, I have been amazed at some of the answers I have received when I have asked preaching students to tell me their thoughts. Sometimes I think they make the exercise harder than it really is. Sometimes finding good sermon ideas that help you craft a life-changing church sermon is a simple as determining what you are calling for by way of response.

  • An obvious response in Ruth 1:1-22 is to make wise choices even during extremely difficult times.
  • If Psalm 133 is your text, your bottom line is to make an appeal for your people to live together in unity.
  • The response being called for in Matthew 20:20-28 is that we act as servants even as our Lord did.
  • In Ephesians 5:21-33 we are to learn to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives are to submit to their husbands and also to show them respect. Husbands are to submit to their wives and to also love them as Christ loved the Church.
  • 1 Peter 5:8-9 calls for a response of spiritual alertness due to the presence of Satan, our great enemy.
  • The introduction to Revelation (1:1-3) is primarily a call to take to heart the revelation or prophecy or testimony of Jesus that He had an angel deliver to John.

Improve your church sermons by clearly calling for a biblical response.

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