Cancer. Suicide. The death of a child. As much as we wish we could avoid tragedies like these, eventually they will strike your church community. When they do, pastors must be ready to offer help by communicating the life-changing message of the gospel in a way that offers hope, truth, and encouragement during these difficult circumstances. Those asked to preach in the midst of tragedy know the anxiety of trying to say appropriate things from God’s Word that will comfort and strengthen God’s people when emotions and faith are stretched thin. This indispensable resource helps pastors prepare sermons in the face of tragedies by providing suggestions for how to approach different kinds of tragedy, as well as insight into how to handle the theological challenges of human suffering.
Each topic provides a specific description of the context of the tragedy, the key concerns that need to be addressed in the message, and an outline of the approach taken in the sample sermon that follows. Topics addressed include:
- Responding to national and community tragedies
- The death of a child
- Death due to cancer and prolonged sickness
- Death due to drunk driving; drug abuse
Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-Centered Preaching, has gathered together messages from some of today’s most trusted Christian leaders. Each chapter provides you with the resources you need to communicate the life-giving hope of the gospel in the midst of tragedy.
Scripture references are linked directly to Greek and Hebrew texts, along with the English Bible translations of your choice. For any word in any language, you can double-click on that word and your digital library will automatically search your lexicons for a match. That gives you unprecedented access to linguistic data, along with all the tools you need for exegesis and interpretation.
- Editor’s note
- Further suggestions of biblical texts for addressing various subjects
- Guidance for conducting funerals
- “Helps for Handling Tragedies”
- Tim Keller
- John Piper
- Michael Horton
- Jerram Barrs
- Dan Doriani
- Robert S. Rayburn
- Mike Khandjian
- Wilson Benton
- Bob Flayhart
- Jack Collins
- George Robertson
- Title: The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach: Help from Trusted Preachers for Tragic Times
- Author: Bryan Chapell
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Publication Date: 2011
- Pages: 304
About Bryan Chapell
Bryan Chapell is the bestselling author of numerous books on Christian ministry and life. Christ-Centered Preaching and Christ-Centered Worship are standard seminary texts; Holiness by Grace, Each for the Other, and Praying Backwards have helped thousands find greater joy and fulfillment in the grace of Christ. Bryan is distinguished professor of preaching at Knox Theological Seminary.