Advice For Pastors: Preach The Cross, Not The Christian

Pastors, if your message centers on telling parishioners to: yield more, pray more, care about unbelievers more, read the Bible more, get involved in the church more, love their spouse and kids more... Your parishioners will develop the following Christian narrative, "I wonder how I am doing in my life, my yielding, my memorization work, my prayers, my zeal, my sermon application and my witnessing?" Even though these are good virtues, the narrative is turned inward to self and the Gospel is assumed. My friends we point people outward to Christ, for when the Gospel is assumed it is eventually forgotten. Preach the Cross!

The following is a helpful soundbite from Issues, Etc... talking about what constitutes a Christian Sermon.