Choosing three sermons that changed my life is quite the difficult task. I’ve listened to probably hundreds upon hundreds of messages preached over the last six years. The vast amount of preachers and sermons that I’ve listened to have shaped my life in some shape or form. We all have those preachers that we just love to listen to, I know I have mine. So choosing three sermons is rather tough for a lover of preachers and sermons such as I. Yet, here they are in no certain order.
1. “I’ll Holler if I Have to!”- Rev. Jonathan Suber. For the first year of my ministry I didn’t own one preaching CD or DVD. I didn’t know where to get them or who to even listen to. I just listened to my pastor week in and week out. A friend of mine Josh Wilson suggested I order “I’ll Holla if I Have to” from White Steeple Bookstore in Alexandria. Bro. Suber preached this sermon at Because of the Times 2004. When I popped in this sermon into my car stereo my life changed forever. I was going through a rough time, really struggling with my calling and really fighting for my walk with God. It had been a year since I got back in church and started preaching and I was fighting the devil every bit of the way. I’ve listened to this message at least 100 times. I listened to it daily. It ministered to my inner man and helped me get desperate for my walk with Jesus and my calling. It started to shape the way I prayed and the way I preached. After listening to this message I bought every message I could get my hands on of Jonathan Suber. I don’t listen to him much anymore, but for a couple of years his ministry impacted my life. This was really my intro in listening to preaching, and it introduced me to so much more later on.
2. “To the Priest Goes the Skins”- Rev. JH Osborne. My Pastor Tim Gill gave me this sermon while I was interning at Medora Pentecostal Church back in 2007. I had always heard people rave about the preaching of JH Osborne yet I never had heard him preach myself. Bro. Osborne preached this message at an Evangelist meeting in my home town probably in 2005 or 2006. I knew I was called to evangelize and eventually went full time a couple years after this message was given to me. This sermon changed me in two ways. First, it changed my way of thinking towards traveling as an evangelist. Bro. Osborne has a way of making you check your heart as to your motives, and this message shaped my purpose of evangelizing. The priest got the skin of the sacrifice, there was really no other reward for the work of the priest, but the priest would be clothed with what he offered on the altar. Wow! Second, it changed the way I looked at scriptures and my preaching. Bro. Osborne is a ‘preacher’s preacher.’ He has a way of finding a scripture you’ve never seen before or overlooked and paints a picture with it like no other preacher. JH Osborne is my favorite preacher, I’m not ashamed in saying that. All of his messages prick my heart, however this one will always stand out as my favorite.
3. “Refuge From Despair”- Rev. Jeff Arnold. No sermon list is complete unless it has a Jeff Arnold sermon on it somewhere. JH Osborne and Jeff Arnold are “Word Smiths.” Bro. Arnold is another ‘preacher’s preacher.’ A friend of mine suggested I find this sermon that was preached at Because of the Times several years ago. I had been a huge “fan” of Bro. Arnold’s for quite some time, yet I had not heard this message. I got ahold of this message while preaching in Pennsylvania in 2008. If you have ever struggled with condemnation and despair this message from the Lord will heal you and encourage you. Bro. Arnold’s message dealt with us as ministers and believers who fight condemnation from the devil. “If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart.” Bro. Arnold is an unbelievable conference speaker who can bring revelation to the Word of God. However, I recommend you get your hands on the sermons he preaches at his home church. It’s a gold mine for going deeper in the Word of God.
I can’t rank all the messages that I’ve heard over the years, that’s impossible. Ranking preachers isn’t recommended either. So these are just three life changing sermons that come to my mind and heart. I love all preaching, the Word of God is always great no matter who is preaching it. And you just never know when that life changing message will come, or whom it will come through.
What sermons have changed your life?