Sermons that Work

Paul Schlieker

Like you, I enjoy hearing sermons that work. By God's grace I have been asked to preach and teach in many different settings. Years ago I remember reading a quote on preaching: "It's better to say something rather awkwardly than nothing very cleverly." In a day that seems to value style over substance, this truth has never been more relevant.

Inspiring Sermons

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones defines preaching as "logic on fire." Many sermons are logical but contain little passion. By contrast, some sermons are exciting to hear, but say little.

The best preachers do not preach the text exclusively, but also the application of the text. Through the use of real life stories and clear application, people discover that the Bible is relevant today. These are the sermons that work.

Know God, not just Know About God

The goal of teaching and preaching is not to merely to help people know more about the Bible, but to help them know God himself. This requires communicating clear steps of obedience with a sense of urgency. Everyone must know what's at stake.

Sermons that Work are a Means to an End

An effective sermon will bring individuals to the "throne of grace" and invite them to do business with God. These messages are my humble attempt to do just that. I trust you will find the content biblical and relevant; timeless and timely.

How to Write a Sermon

If you are interested in writing your own sermons, take a look at the
12 Questions I ask myself when I'm writing a sermon.

Free Sermon Outlines

The outlines provide the listener with a structure that makes the message easy to follow and suitable for Sunday Schools as well as large and small groups.

My prayer is that by listening and using these free sermon outlines your confidence in God's Word and Spirit will grow.

The downloadable Bible studies listed below are free mp3 sermons. You can listen now or later.

We Offer these Inspiring Sermons

Imagine the Possibilities - Numbers 13-14

Facing Your Jericho - Joshua 5-6

The God Who is on a Mission - Jonah

Prince of Peace - Isaiah 9:6

Kingdom Driven Discipleship #1 - A New World: Post Christian Culture

    - Matthew 4:19
Kingdom Driven Discipleship #2 - Motivation: Christ Himself
    - Luke 24:49, 51
Kingdom Driven Discipleship #3 - Focus: Relational Network
    - Psalm 139:16
Kingdom Driven Discipleship #4 - Success: Becoming LIke Jesus
    - Luke 6:40
Kingdom Driven Discipleship #5 - Vision: Global Impact
    - Matthew 4:23
Live Your Mission - Join God's Family Business - Matthew 4 and Luke 5

If you enjoy Paul's sermons that work, try reading his devotions.
What Does Bible Say About Forgiveness? - Luke 15

It's Time to Narrow Your Focus -John 17:4; Mark 1:35-38; Luke 6:12-16

Shaped Into Christ Likeness - Acts 6-7

The DNA of Jesus - New Testament Scriptures

Christ In You - His Presence - Holy Spirit Sermon #1

    - Ephesians 3:14-21
Christ in You - His Personality - Holy Spirit Sermon #2
    - Ephesians 3:14-21
Christ in You - His Power - Holy Spirit Sermon #3
    - Ephesians 3:14-21
Christ in You - Our Purpose in Life - Holy Spirit Sermon #4
    - Ephesians 3:14-21
People of the Light -- Ephesians 5:3-14

Becoming Like Jesus - Colossians 3:1-17

Discipleship Lessons from the Book of Timothy - II Timothy 2:1-7

Overcoming Deception - I John 2:18-27



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