Funerals, Feelings, Fears, and Faith 101 (1) by Donald Cantrell

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Funerals, Feelings, Fears, and Faith 101 (1)
Series: Funeral Services
Donald Cantrell
Proverbs 25:25


Pro 25:25 KJV - As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

I - The Natural Connection of a Funeral
A) Connect with their Faces
B) Connect with their Feelings
C) Connect with their Fears

II - The Notable Clarification of a Funeral
A) Deal with the Present Death
B) Deal with the Persons Decision
C) Deal with the Prospective Destiny

III - The Needful Consolation of a Funeral
A) Seek Calmness ''Refocus their Feelings''
B) Sow Comfort ''Reduce their Fears''
C) Spread Courage ''Reignite their Faith''

This sermon contains a fully alliterated outline with sub-points.

Theme: ''How to minister mightily when the phone rings,
funeral facts 101''

If you are a pastor or a preacher then you know that there will be days when the phone is going to ring and on the other end of that phone call is someone experiencing deep grief; and they are going to ask you to preach the funeral of their dear loved one. This is not something that might occur, in all actuality it is something that will occur and it may occur over and over. The question is this, when you do receive that call, will you be ready?

I love reading quotes and I try to use them in my sermons and I came upon the following quotes from P.T. Barnum:

''Every crowd has a silver lining.''

''I don't care what they say about me, just make sure they spell my name right!''

I assume as you read those two quotes you asked yourself ''what do those quotes have to do with funerals''. Let's take a few moments to mull that over and I think we can find some help as we all have to deal with funerals.

In our sermon we are going to discuss three primary things that should occur as we preach someone's funeral: 1) The Connection, 2) The Clarification, and 3) The Consolation.

If we can achieve these three objectives we can find the silver lining of having to preac ...


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