Charles Spurgeon once said about his preaching,
“Whatever subject I preach, I do not stop until I reach the Savior, the Lord Jesus, for in Him are all things.”
If your sermon never points to Jesus it’s not sermon; it’s just a talk. It is incomplete.
Many pastors stand before a crowd and talk. They make some great points. They tell some good stories. They keep people interested and coming back for more. But do they preach Christ?
Social justice without Jesus is just a cause. Repentance without the cross is just religion.
Jesus, Himself, explained that all scripture points to Him. (Luke 24:27)
Jesus is the point. Therefore, without Jesus, we miss the point.
A sermon is incomplete until it connects the topic and the text to Jesus Christ.
When preparing your sermon you must ask the question, “How does this point to Jesus?”
If you are preaching about marriage, it is a relationship symbolic of Jesus and the Church.
If you are preaching about a particular sin, it is a symptom of a world without Jesus.
If you are preaching about generosity, it is a modeling of Jesus giving His life for us.
If you are preaching about forgiveness, it is following the example of Jesus forgiving us.
If you are preaching about faith, it is complete trust in the promises of Jesus.
Does your sermon point to Christ? If not, you still have work to do.
A sermon is not finished until it points to Jesus.
It is not yet good news until you reach the Gospel.
All preaching should be Christ-centered preaching.