Friday, December 19, 2008

Facebook Sermonette Movement

image Readers at’s Table Talk were asked to sum up their lives in six words or less.  Some of the summaries:

  • “They don’t hear, unless I yell.”
  • “Broke. Payday. Broke.  Payday.  Broke, Payday.”
  • “Exited Hardees from the back, weeping.” (Hardees is like Carls, Jr. for those of us on the West Coast)
  • “I never mastered the Theremin.”
  • “Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck…GOOSE!”
  • “Does not work up to potential.”
  • “I never learned how to swashbuckle.”
  • “Pizza.  Donuts. Milkshake. Salad. Weight Watchers.” 
  • Oh, no, not again. Again. Again.
  • Fire, Wind. Water. Exorbitant insurance premiums.”


That reminded me of a Facebook group of which I am apart: “Status Bar Sermonette Movement.”  The group is described as people who weekly summarize their sermon on their status bar in 120 words or less:

Miniature sermons contained within the status bar, around 120 words total.
We are committed to the short the sweet and the profound.
No time for long winded illustrations or personal stories. Straight to the point.
The challenge of sharing the Word of God in around 120 words..




Here are a few examples from recent weeks…

  • "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 Christ can save you.”
  • "We are the Bibles the world is reading; We are the creeds the world is needing; We are the sermons the world is heeding." --Billy Graham
  • “On Proverbs."The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." (18:10) Are you safe today? Run!”
  • “I want to have a "Mary Attitude"..I am the Lord's servant...may it be to me as you have said..Luke 1:38..God allow me to the a vessel for YOUR GLORY!”
  • “God does not have to send out thank you cards. We are slaves to the Master and what we do for God is our duty. You can chose to to serve or be a servant. A servant does everything the Master commands. However, when I chose to serve, I chose who, what, when, where and how I want to do it. Do you serve or are you a servant? Luke 17: 7-10”
  • “Dry Brooks---You may have been 'fed by ravens' in the past; but, when your brook dries up, it's time for you to obey the Lord and move on. You have no idea what God has in store for you once the brook dries up! {I Kings 17:1-24}”
  • “The ‘stuff’. Jonah - Nineveh turned from evil, "God relented", He did not destroy them. Modern day destruction avoidance? Accept Christ.” image

Mine for last Sunday was: “Joseph is an example for us of a man who cared more about what God thought/wanted than what others thought/wanted.”

For 12/7 it was “Frightening or difficult times are often the times that God uses to call his people to do great things.”

So, if you were to summarize your sermon in 120 words or less, how would you do it. If you already use a theme statement or “big idea” (Brian Chappell’s words…maybe Haddon Robinson’s word first) what would you say?  Post it in the comments.

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