You know that last minute rush to find just the right video to drive home your point, and no matter what you do it seems that video is illusive and hard to find? Today, let me help you with some videos I have found and have used in my sermons. Please note that the use of videos should be a tool and not main focus of your sermon preparation. Video illustrations can help bring the visual learner along with you and keep your audience attentive.
Sermon Nuggets (Video Illustrations):
1> Cristiano Ronaldo In Disguise:
Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, John 10:27
Main Idea: Ronaldo is one of the best soccer (football) players in the world. He went undercover in the streets of Spain and no one recognized him wearing the beard and sunglasses. Similarly, in the midst of the noise of the world around us and all of life’s distractions, I wonder if we would recognize God? Would we recognize His voice in the middle of our noisy day? What distractions get in the way that prevent us from hearing or seeing evidence of God in our lives and in the world around us?
2> Hearing for the first time:
Scripture: John 10:27, Romans 10:17, John 8:47, Luke 11:28
Main Idea: Some in our world have never heard about or from God. As ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor 5:20) we are called to proclaim His name. Sometimes the truth of the gospel is like this little boy who finally hears his mother’s voice for the first time. God can do miracles in the lives of people and when His voice is heard, lives are changed!
3> Seeing God’s Glory and our response:
Scripture: Isaiah 6:1:8
Main Idea: These special glasses allow colorblind people to see in the full spectrum of color. Can you imagine the Theophany that Isaiah experienced in heaven? How his eyes must have been opened and it was like seeing everything for the first time. God wants to do that with all of us. He is calling us to go into various places of the world, but first we need to truly see for the first time!
4> Sin & Redemption:
Scripture: John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20
Main Idea: Nothing we do in and of ourselves will save us from sin. It is within us, God’s saving love can and will rescue us if we accept Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His blood covers our sin and restores us.
5> Prayer & Praying
Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7, Mark 11:24, Matthew 6:6, Matthew 6:9-13
Main Idea: We have these ideas about God and how he answers prayers or how WE think He should answer prayer, but does He really work like that? Prayer doesn’t always produce the answers we are looking and how we come before Him in prayer matters.
These are just 5 Sermon nugget illustrations.
I know that there are much more, and I will post more later…how about you? What are some video illustrations that you have used that you seem to resonate with your audience? Please share them with us in the comment section below.
More to ponder….