Looking for ideas as you plan your next sermon series? Is your schedule being pulled in all directions and planning ahead has become a bit more difficult among everything else you’re being asked to do?
The Ultimate List of Sermon Topics is a quick snapshot of 115 different topics you can scan through and choose based upon where God has your church, what he wants to say through you, and how he wants to use your congregation now and in the future.
Your job is a difficult one and preaching week in and week out is a task that no other vocation asks of their leaders. Ha, most leaders have speech writers who do all their prep for them!
Our pastoral team has done some of the prep work for you and our hope is that this curated list of sermon topic ideas will make your life exponentially easier to create a plan for this weekend, next weekend, and every weekend from this point forward.
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3 Ways You Can Use This Ultimate List of Sermon Topics
Sometimes all you’re looking for is an idea or something to spark an idea. That’s a great way to use our list below.
There are other seasons where your life as a pastor is so busy that you’d really appreciate sitting down with other pastors to bounce around ideas and walk away with a real, concrete action plan.
As you use our list below, we have three suggestions for how you can use this list to serve as a pseudo pastor idea session.
1 – Create A Quick Draft Sermon Calendar Outline and Ask for Feedback
Go through the list below and jot down which topics or ideas which are most meaningful or relevant to your church. Once you’ve chosen several topics or ideas you feel good about, order them out over 12 months, 24 months, even 36 months. Don’t overthink it, just put them in an order that makes the most sense.
Take your list and send it to your leaders, let them know that this quick draft sermon calendar outline is on your radar and something you’re thinking about. Along with the list, include a request for them to “begin praying through what God would want our church to learn and discover about him in the near and far future.” Include a date that you and the team – whether paid or lay – can sit down and discuss the list and what they sense God saying through their prayer and quiet moments.
During this gathering, don’t feel like you have to nail something down. It’s better to hold your plans loosely. You already know that and during meetings like this, it’s good to be reminded of it. God could change your direction and that’s okay. What you’re doing with this list is creating a direction of Biblical ideas that the Holy Spirit can use to lead and guide you and your leaders through.
2 – Create A Master List of Topics and Brainstorm Sermon Series Ideas
In the suggestion above, we take a long-term approach to creating a sermon series calendar. This suggestion is a more immediate, short-term approach to fill out whatever gaps in your sermon calendar that exist in the coming months.
It’s one thing for you to have a sermon topic in mind, it’s another thing to have an angle that you want to approach that topic from in the form of a sermon series.
Use this list as a canvas to paint on. Go through the list, make notes is your app or on paper with the topics that seem like the best fit for the coming months, and then write down a list of angles or possible sermon series titles for each of the sermon topics described below. Again, don’t overthink it, just let the creative juices flow and have fun with the possibilities of what God could do through the topics he’s allowing you to choose from.
3 – Pay Attention to Sermon Series that Already Exist Covering A Given Topic
There is a huge difference between a shortcut and efficiency. While shortcuts get a wrap as being a way to ‘cheat the system’, efficiency is a trampoline that provides momentum to things we’re already choosing to do. Pastors live under a constant pressure to be original and to create something that’s never been done before or take an angle that’s never been pursued. It’s a noble thought, however, scripture is clear that no matter how hard a pastor works at being original, it’s already been done.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Everything has been done. Every sermon angle has been covered. Every illustration has already been used. What is unique and original is the fact that YOU haven’t done it.
Pay close attention to the sermon series, bundles, resources, and frameworks that already exist and begin thinking about them as a trampoline to accelerate your ideas. If you find something you really like, reclassify it as an efficient way to work and prepare and put to bed the idea that it’s cheating or it’s a shortcut. Solomon said it’s already been done. Lean on the truth of scripture and stop putting pressure on yourself to do something that is stealing your time and energy.
The Ultimate List of Sermon Topics
Sermon Topics – ABC Order
- Abide in Christ – a simple and impactful sermon series idea for this topic would be to preach through John 15 and then use that chapter as a jumping off point to talk in more detail of what abiding in Christ looks like.
- Abundant Life – Jesus said he came to give us abundant life. What does that look like? Help your congregation see what it means and live it every day.
- Addiction – addiction goes beyond drugs and alcohol. It can plague us in many other ways too. How does God help us get rid of addictions? Help people find freedom from addictions through the power of Jesus.
- Adoption – this can be on the act of adopting children, on how God has adopted us as sons and daughters, or, better yet, both.
- Advent – help prepare your congregation for Christmas and the celebration of God arriving on the scene of history as a man, Jesus of Nazareth. Check out this Advent sermon series bundle.
- After Salvation – what does the Christian life look like after someone is saved? Let’s make sure we are discipling new believers in the faith. Chapter 2 is a sermon series that is designed to do exactly that.
- American Dream – sometimes a sermon topic needs to be looked at, examined, and pushed up against. This is one of those sermon topics. Help your congregation see the contrast between living in the kingdom of God rather than living in the kingdom of this world. Failing Faith is a sermon series that will help you do that.
- Anger – more people in your congregation struggle with anger than you may think.
- Apologetics – what’s the reason for the hope you have?
- Apostles – who were they and what did they do?
- Armor of God – Help your congregation put on the full armor of God. Body Armor is a sermon series designed for this topic.
- Assurance of Salvation – can we be sure of our salvation? Of course. Why? It’s all because of grace. Rescued is a sermon series designed to help your congregation understand and respond to God’s grace and His gift of salvation.
- Baptism – what is it, what does it mean, and what is it’s purpose? Washed: New Life in Christ is a sermon series that helps answer those questions.
- Beatitudes – want to be blessed? Of course, we do. The Beatitudes is a sermon series that covers these well.
- Bible – what is the Bible? Is it significant? Is it really God’s word? What does it say? What doesn’t it say? The Bible Doesn’t Say That is a sermon series that approaches this sermon topic in a creative way.
- Children – the Bible says children are a blessing from the Lord. All of us have a part to play in raising the next generation for Christ whether we have children of our own or not.
- Christmas – what can be better to preach about than God coming down to live among us and rescue us from our sins? Searching for Christmas is a great sermon series to consider preaching this Christmas.
- Church – what is the church and why does it matter? We Are the Church is a perfect sermon series for this sermon topic.
- Communion – the Lord’s supper can easily be confusing. So, provide clarity and talk about the beauty of what Jesus instituted before His death.
- Community – it’s important to live the Christian faith with others. After all, the “one another” commands are abundant in Scripture. Here’s a sermon series on the topic: Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community.
- Contentment – for some, this is a bad word. In a world that yells more, more, more, we’re called to be content.
- Covenants – Old Covenant, Abrahamic Covenant, New Covenant? What are these all about?
- Dating – what does dating look like when you follow Jesus? People are asking that question whether they voice it to you or not. Here’s a sermon series that will help: DM: Dating and Marriage
- Death – 100% of people will deal with this at some point. We should help everyone be prepared.
- Depression – more and more people are dealing with some form of depression. What does Scripture say to help those who are dealing with depression? Overwhelmed is a book by Perry Noble on the subject.
- Difficulties – we’re either heading into or heading out of a storm. Difficulties will come, the question is how will we respond to them? Stand Firm is a perfect sermon series to address this sermon topic.
- Discipleship – we’re called to make disciples so, among all these sermon topics, most can be filed under this topic. But what about specific sermons and sermon series on how to do discipleship? That would be hepful! The Power of Routine is a great sermon series to teach your congregation spiritual disciplines.
- Diversity – this sermon topic is one of the most prevalent themes in the New Testament, specifically how Christ bridged the gap and reconciled Jew to Gentile and Gentile to Jew. Here’s a sermon series on this sermon topic: My Skin.
- Divorce – among the different sermon topics related to marriage, divorce doesn’t get much airtime. Let’s change that. God has said some serious things about it.
- Emotions – can they be trusted? God made us with emotions, but is it okay to feel? Is it okay to express how we feel? Songs of the Summer will help you address those questions.
- Encouragement – this is one of the sermon topics that probably can’t get too much attention. All of us need encouragement to keep going, to keep growing, to keep the faith, and to live with courage.
- Evangelism – spreading the good news of Jesus is one of the most important sermon topics we could preach. Mission is a perfect sermon series to preach on and help your congregation value and do evangelism.
- Evil – there is a spiritual war going on and our awareness of that war will help us engage in our mission and resist the enemy’s tactics. Reality: The Battle Between Good and Evil is a sermon series on this exact sermon topic.
- Faith – this is the linchpin of our walk with God. It’s one thing to understand that God is powerful, it’s another thing to live a faith-filled life in the Almighty God. Faith changes everything. Talk Is: Putting Words Into Action is designed as a student sermon series, but it can certainly be used for adults too.
- False Teaching – it’s certainly helpful to show what God’s word says about different topics, but sometimes we need to see the contrasting beliefs and expose them. The reality is, many people in the church today believe in some form of false teaching. The Bible Doesn’t Say That will help you do this well.
- Family – imagine what it would look like to see Christ-centered families rise up from your congregation. That would be powerful. God values family and the family can be a powerful institution for making disciples. Family Feels is a compelling sermon series to help you address this sermon topic.
- Fasting – this spiritual discipline has been largely lost in our culture today. But fasting is something that Christians should engage in prayerfully to aid them in focusing solely on God. Prayer and Fasting is an event bundle to help you lead your congregation in 21 days of prayer and fasting.
- Fear – everyone deals with fear in some form or fashion.
- Finances – how can we honor God with our finances? Jesus talked A LOT about money so we certainly shouldn’t ignore it. First Fruits is a sermon series for finances.
- Forgiveness – in Christ, we have forgiveness and we’re called to forgive others.
- Friendship – what does Scripture say about friendship and how to do it well? More than we might expect. Friend-ology: The Study of Friendships is a sermon series on the sermon topic of friendship.
- Fruit of the Spirit – found in Galatians 5, we see what God wants to produce in our lives. Check out this sermon series: Fruit of the Spirit.
- Gifts of the Spirit – God has given us gifts to use for His glory and people’s good. What do these gifts look like and how can we discover what gift we have?
- Giving – what does generosity look like as a Christian? Most people in churches don’t give cheerfully or abundantly. What could change if the church became more generous? Apparently A LOT!
- Glory of God – all glory is His. But what does that mean? 75 Bible verses about the glory of God.
- God – who is God? What is He like? Of all these sermon topics, this is the most fundamental and important. Use this sermon series: Artifacts: What God is Like.
- God’s Will – is this a mystery or is it clearly seen in Scripture? How Do I Know God’s Will? is a sermon series that dives into this topic.
- Gospel – the good news! Want a sermon series on this sermon topic? Use this sermon series: The Gospel.
- Gossip – this plagues many individuals, groups, and even entire churches.
- Grace – God’s grace is a beautiful thing. We get what we don’t deserve! Grace is Greater is a sermon series you can use to preach on grace.
- Greed – this plagues many hearts, but it doesn’t have to be that way. God can release us from the stronghold of greed.
- Hate – Jesus said that if anyone hates someone else, he has committed murder in his heart. That means that hate is very serious.
- Healing – we all have wounds which means we all need healing. Jesus the Healer is a sermon series for this sermon topic.
- Heaven – what is heaven like? Will it be just hanging out on clouds?
- Hell – is Hell a real place where real people go? Even though this is one of the sermon topics that will cause some controversy, it shouldn’t be ignored. Jesus spoke of Hell often.
- Holiness – God told us to be holy as He is holy. But what does holiness look like?
- Holy Spirit – some have called Him the forgotten God. Who is the Holy Spirit and how is He involved in our lives? Erased is a sermon series on the Holy Spirit.
- Homosexuality – this sermon topic is becoming increasingly relevant to our day and time.
- Hope – we all need to keep our hope fixed on the never-changing Lord. When our hope goes other places, we fall and become hopeless.
- Humanity – the doctrine of humanity is an important sermon topic to address. It explains why we are the way we are and what we need most.
- Humility – this is one of the sermon topics that can be ignored, but it is rich in theological depth. Following Jesus’ example of humility, we can embrace this attitude too.
- Idolatry – we run up against this sin every day because we are tempted to worship at the altar of things and other people rather than God.
- Jesus – His life, His teachings, His mission, and His finished work on the cross and His subsequent resurrection are all sermon topics that you can’t preach on too much. Better: Jesus is Greater is a great sermon series to begin with.
- Joy – is joy the same thing as happiness? How can we get more joy in our lives?
- Kindness – we’re called to be kind to others.
- Kingdom of God – Jesus reigns and rules over something brand new – the Kingdom of God. Use this sermon series to begin preaching on this important sermon topic: The Kingdom.
- Leadership – is this worthy of a sermon? This is one of the most underrated sermon topics, but I’m convinced it deserves our time and attention. Why? Because leadership is a gift from God. Timeless is a perfect sermon series to use to preach on leadership.
- Love – Jesus said that others would know that we are His disciples by the way we love one another. Messy: Loving Others Isn’t Easy gets honest with the subject of love and equips us on how to love people well.
- Marriage – strong, Christ-centered marriages are powerful testimonies of God’s goodness and grace. This sermon series will help you help married couples build their marriages so that they will last: Some Assembly Required.
- Materialism – this can be a powerful force that creates a barrier between us and God. Let’s knock it down. Hot Seat: Conversations on Controversies is a sermon series that addresses materialism and three other controversial topics.
- Mercy – blessed are the merciful. We have been given mercy by God and we have the opportunity to give mercy to others.
- Missions – we’re called to make disciples to the ends of the earth. Not everyone goes, but everyone can be a part of the mission.
- Money – see “finances” above.
- Obedience – Jesus shows us the way of radical obedience to the Father. Grit: Radical Obedience is a perfect sermon series to show the obedience we’re called to.
- Pain – we all deal with it but what does it mean? Is there any benefit to pain? Does God redeem it? Burned: Healing the Pains of Hypocrisy is a sermon series designed to help people heal from the pain that the church has caused people.
- Parables – Jesus told stories and we should retell them. Use this sermon series: Jesus the Storyteller.
- Parenting – children are a gift from the Lord, but sometimes parenting can be hard. So how can we do it well? Parenting Fail comes at the topic from the negative side, but lands on the positive.
- Peace – Jesus promised a peace that passes all understanding.
- Perseverance – a big theme in the New Testament is perseverance because many Christians were dealing with persecution and hardship. The Book of Isaiah is a sermon series that addresses this sermon topic.
- Power – what is power and how should it be used? Jesus used His power in a way that should cause us to rethink the typical ways we think about power and influence.
- Prayer – we have the privilege and honor of talking to God. Wow! The Prayers of the Psalms is a powerful sermon series on one of the most important sermon topics – prayer.
- Promises of God – God has made promises and He always keeps them. What are the promises of God?
- Prophets – the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament can be powerful sermon topics. Here’s a sermon series on Hosea called, Boundless.
- Providence – is God in charge? What does that mean? Why does it matter?
- Purpose – everyone is searching for their purpose in life. We should be giving people direction from God’s word.
- Reconciliation – Jesus has reconciled us to God because we were, at one time, enemies of God. It’s a picture of grace.
- Relationships – the “one another” commands require relationships to be a major part of the Christian life.
- Repentance – among the many sermon topics, repentance is one that cannot be missed. Without it, our belief isn’t any better than the demons’.
- Rest – we often brag about how busy we are and how tired we are. God tells us to rest because we need it.
- Restoration – God doesn’t just save us, He restores us. The Way covers many aspects of our lives in Christ, including restoration.
- Resurrection – According to Paul, if this sermon topic isn’t true, our faith is null and void. We must preach on the resurrection because it changes everything! Use this sermon bundle: Easter Sunday – Resurrection.
- Sacrifice – this sermon topic can go a few directions: OT sacrifices, Jesus’ sacrifice, and how we’re called to sacrifice our preferences for the sake of others. A sermon series that covers the third option, check out Game Over: Embracing A New Life.
- Salvation – of all the sermon topics, if we never get to this one, we are failing at preaching the Word. Rescued covers the topic of salvation in a powerful way.
- Sanctification – the Holy Spirit wants to make us holy. Chapter 2: What Comes After Salvation addresses this subject well.
- Satan – he is at work, trying to devour us. The good news? He’s going to lose.
- Service – we’re called to serve others in the name of Jesus.
- Sex – in some churches, a sermon on sex wouldn’t be well-received. But it is desperately needed. Preach an entire sermon series on it: Sex In A Broken World: How Christ Redeems What Sin Distorts.
- Sin – as much as it represents bad news, this is one of the sermon topics in this list that can’t be ignored. Not only should it be preached on as the main topic, it should be embedded in most, if not all our sermons.
- Singleness – Paul had some things to say about singleness and it has been ignored for the most part by the church. But more and more adults are single today than ever before.
- Spiritual Disciplines – the more our people can engage in spiritual disciplines at home, the better. Spiritual Habits is a sermon series that covers the spiritual disciplines well.
- Spiritual Gifts – see “Gifts of the Spirit” above.
- Spiritual Growth and Maturity – we’re supposed to grow. Rubber Band: A Series on Growth covers both of these sermon topics.
- Stewardship – God has given us resources to manage for His glory. Nothing we have is our own. It’s all his. Own the Vision is a sermon series that connects stewardship with the mission of the church.
- Suffering – unfortunately, suffering is part of life. One of the things suffering does is produce character in us.
- Temptation – we will be tempted in this life, but God always gives us a path out of it. Filters: Temptation is Never What it Seems is a sermon series that takes a creative angle to address the topic of temptation.
- Tithing – see “giving” above.
- Trust – the more we trust God, the better.
- Truth – is truth relative or is it unmoving? What is truth, really? Romans: Discovering the Foundation of Our Faith gives us a solid foundation of truth to build our lives upon.
- Unity – Jesus prayed that His church would be unified. Unity is something we have to fight for and pursue. It won’t happen passively.
- Victory – Jesus is victorious and through Him, we are victors. That is good news!
- Vision – is vision important? Scripture says that without vision, the people perish. What does that mean? Preaching a vision Sunday soon? Use this media package.
- Wisdom – we’re told to pursue wisdom. Here’s a great sermon series on the topic: Proverbs: Fool-Proofing Your Life.
- Women in the Bible – there are many, many women in the Bible who were used by God. Women of the Bible is a sermon bundle that covers four of them.
- Work – is work important to God? Absolutely! We’re called to work for the glory of God. Don’t Waste Your Work covers one of the most relevant sermon topics for today. We need to understand our work in a biblical way.
- Worship – it’s a lifestyle and a corporate action. We all worship something. The important thing is that we worship the King of kings. How Do I Worship is a sermon series bundle that dives into this sermon topic.
Get Ahead and Plan Your Sermon Topics
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Brandon Kelley is a pastor at The Crossing on the east side of Cincinnati. He is the managing editor of Ministry Pass, co-founder of RookiePreacher.com, and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons. You can connect with him on Twitter @BrandonKelley_.