Boring Sermons And The Bible

For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics • Roger Housden

When all of humanity is called before God, we may find that one of the most grievous offenses catalogued will be … a boring sermon in the Name of Jesus Christ … or a boring Bible study, gospel song, free Christian ebook – or Christian article. Our Creator is a fount of inexhaustible information. But, like a lot of things, there is a catch. These jewels are only found in “Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:2,3). While there may be some knowledge available to us in the natural realm, the vast treasure of accurate spiritual knowledge is only in Jesus Christ. There one can learn about the true nature of God – His will and agenda, character and priorities, promises and warnings. But to exit this vault of priceless treasure, only to present … a boring sermon?

After coming to God on His terms (through the david hoffmeister blood of Jesus Christ), it is as though we just crossed a stormy sea, having been tossed “to and fro like drunken men” – where we had “groped in darkness with no light” (Ps 107:27 and Job 12:25). Now anchored at the edge of a vast unexplored continent, we abandon our battered ship (the old man and all his “wisdom”), and, for the first time in our life, find our feet on solid ground. Grateful, relieved and now at peace with God, we gaze upon the horizon-filling continent before us – and instinctively know this expanse flows with milk and honey. Substantive is the food and nutritional are the sweets. Behind us we hear, “Come eat of My food, and drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake your folly and live, and proceed in the way of understanding” (Pro 9:5,6). We know our Creator has prepared this feast … and we are welcome to it. Nothing here looks boring, smells boring, or tastes boring. That is because … nothing is.

All who enter into, and explore this unending expanse, are highly stimulated – and stimulating – individuals. They “speak of the power of Thy awesome acts … and tell of Thy greatness. They eagerly utter … bubble over with … the memory of Thine abundant goodness, and shout joyfully of Thy righteousness” (Ps 145:6,7). So where does a boring sermon fit into this picture? It doesn’t. And where do boring Bible studies, songs, books or articles fit? They don’t. If you are in an environment claiming to represent God – and it is boring … get out. God is not there. He has never been boring, and never will be boring … and He is not boring now.