Romans 8 : We are Secure in Christ Forever and Sure of It!

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Evaluation
by Frank Carmical


General Information:
I preached this sermon on Sunday morning, 4-3-11 at Plano Bible Chapel in Plano, Texas USA.

Sermon Title: We are Secure in Christ Forever and Sure of It!

Sermon Passage: Romans 8:31-39

Sermon Purpose:
-To preach the greatest passage in the Book of Romans and in the NT and the 2nd greatest passage in the entire Bible (after the 1st: Isaiah 53).
-To capture the awesome majesty of this passage, like climbing and looking out from the peak of Mt. Everest!

Overall Evaluation:
-I was able to do a little justice to this greatest of all paragraphs in the NT.
-I was able to convey both the big picture of the Book of Romans, Rom 8 and this paragraph as well as many details.

Strengths:
1. The best story I’ve ever told in a sermon and my most dramatic close to a sermon ever—this true story has a double twist, impossibly you don’t think it can get any worse (and it does!) and you don’t think it can get any better (and it does!)
2. Having the congregation read the text at the end together let them participate in this marvelous revelation from God, hearing His words in their mouths!
3. My delivery was in top form—speed, voice, variety, volume, body language, tone…
4. I was able to touch everyone in the room listening to me and who hear it by audio thru the many examples I gave of things that could potentially separate us from God.
5. My passion and enthusiasm for the Word, this passage and the Lord came thru well.

Weaknesses:
1. I could have given some concrete how to’s to apply this, but for once, I didn’t want to trivialize the majesty of this passage with some silly life application story!
2. I stumbled during the delivery, omitting a few words in my speed and excitement!
3. Some of my references to current events have already dated the sermon (revolutions in Egypt and Libya, tsunami in Japan).

Comments:
The closing story is a story from my own life and that of a close friend.  As powerful as it is, you cannot fill your sermons every week with personal stories or those about your friends—that becomes pretentious and ends up making you look too important.  But personal stories, if told well and occasionally, can be very powerful!

The grades I give myself on this sermon:
Number grade:
[on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)]: 9.85
Letter grade:
[A (high) and F (low)]: A+

*A lesson you can learn from this sermon:
This is the best sermon I ever preached. But I still have to improve my sermons each Sunday! I can’t rest on past victories. I have to go for the gold each Sunday!