Easter is about 90 days away, and since it’s Superbowl Sunday for many churches, now is a great time to think and pray about what you’re going to preach on Easter.
In my years as a church planter and a pastor, I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen churches plan to kickoff a crazy felt-needs series and I’ve seen churches preach right through the book of James.
One year, we did a series called Tattoo and talked about how our lives should be internally marked by Christ. It had an interesting tie in to the Apostle Paul and the Resurrection, yet nobody seemed to remember it because at the time I was fascinated with trying to be cool and we gave a guy a tattoo on stage during the message.
I don’t have any data, but I think the best Easter sermons are simple Gospel presentations. I tended to try and do too much on Easter, failing to realize that the Gospel is the power, not our creative elements.
For what it’s worth, we kicked off one of my favorite series ever, a series simply called “Questions” one Easter. I answered the question, “Did Jesus Really rise from the dead” and went on to talk about alcohol, divorce, and racism in the following weeks. It allowed me to deliver a fairly traditional message on Easter yet encouraged people to come back during the following weeks to hear the other topics. If you’re interested, you can get all of those message notes and graphics for FREE right here.