Sermons need to be helpful and practical

Pastors who preach the gospel and ONLY the gospel every single sermon are not serving their congregations. Christians – yes, Christians – struggle with sin and we even give ourselves to sin. We need to be encouraged with practical, helpful sermons and we need to be rebuked. If your pastor does not preach of sin and judgment and repentance, lovingly encourage him to do so.

For crying out loud, look at all of the helpful things the Apostle Paul wrote in his letters to Christians in various cities and how many times he rebuked them. Are we better than they were? Are we in Bloomington better than the decadent Corinthians? Absolutely not.

This is not to say the gospel should not be preached – obviously it should – but let’s not ignore the reality of day-to-day life for believers in Jesus Christ.