Rhetoric and Homiletics: Some Really Great Big Ideas

Without indicating (at this time) who authored these biblical principles, ask yourself if you find them to be examples of some great BigIdeas!

Some will dismiss them all, others will wish they had worded that principle-BigIdea so effectively.

Does it matter if they are biblical?

1.”Many people never reach greater because they don’t leave good enough behind.”

2.”My joy is not determined by what happens to me, but what Christ is doing in me and through me.”

3.”Sometimes things don’t work out the first time so that you’ll learn to lean on God the next time.”

4.”You do the natural. Trust God for the super.”

5.”You cannot endure what you never enjoy!”

6.”Your greatest weakness may actually be God’s greatest platform to display His power and glory in your life.”

7.”Don’t allow the enemy to use your moments of pain to distract you from the purpose God has for your life.”

8.”If your life is under attack right now, it could be a sign that you’re carrying something of value.”

9.”True creativity is fresh, but not always original.”

10.”The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

11. “When you know the builder, you can have complete confidence in the quality of his work.”

12.”The voice you believe will determine the future you experience.”

13.”Being brave doesn’t mean we have no fear – it means we refuse to be overcome by it.”

14.”You can’t fulfill your calling in your comfort zone!”

15.”Stop waiting for what you want, and start working what you have.”

16.”He deals with us, not according to what our sins deserve, but according to what His love decided—on the cross.”

17.”You must follow Jesus for yourself, but you can’t follow Him by yourself.

18.”Lots of times, our main problem isn’t our problem. Our biggest problem is our perspective on our problem.”

19.”The death of contentment is comparison.”

20.”Failure isn’t final until you quit!!”

21.”Every heart has an atmosphere. What is the atmosphere of your heart? Nothing good develops in an atmosphere of anxiety.”

22.”Don’t you dare let the magnitude of your fears send you back to dry land.”

23.”I’m not raising my kids to survive the world. I’m raising them to change it.”

24.”Perfectionism is the enemy of progress.”

25.”Audacity is not an activity. Audacity is an approach.”

26.”Be governed by your calling, not your circumstance.”

27.”Winning the war of words inside your soul means learning to defy your inner critic.”

28.”Nothing gets stronger without resistance.”

29.”Etch your vision in stone-but sketch your strategy in pencil.”

30.”Even if your life is filled with unstable, unreliable, undependable people, you have one Source in your life who is constant.”

31.”But we must develop the habit of separating our sense of worth from our appraisal of our behavior.”

32.”Your greatest message will be spoken by your life, not your lips.”

33.”I have nothing to prove, because I am already approved.”

34.”Even if you mess up, God’s disappointment with your sin will never be greater than His love for you.”

35.”Love is not words, it’s actions, and love isn’t feelings, it’s a decision.”

36.”It is the experience of love that enables us to change.”

37.”Jesus will always move away from religious drama and toward the needs of people who are hurting. Jesus will always go out of his way to find and minister to people who others will go out of their way to avoid. I love him for that.”

38.”The only force in the world powerful enough to overtake fear is the full-grown love of God.”

39.”Our purpose statement is: So that people far from God will be filled with life in Christ.”

40.”The thing is, you can’t un-sin. You can only repent.”

41.”When you know who you are, you will know what to do.”

42.”Every second you spend wishing God would take away a struggle is a forfeited opportunity to overcome.”

43.”Gratitude begins where our sense of entitlement ends.”

44.”The more deeply we reinforce our identity in Christ, the more fortified we will be against the onslaught of opposing voices in our lives.”

45.”You can’t be afraid to stare into the pupils of the possibility of pain and see it for what it is.”

46.”What is the fear of God, then? It is being terrified of ever being outside of His protection.”

47.”The only opportunity the chatterbox ever has to download lies into our heads is if we have allowed it first to delete the memory of who we are in Christ.”

48.”Chatterbox wants to inundate us with logorrhea.”

49.”Satan’s main job isn’t temptation. It’s accusation.”

50.”The world of what-ifs is a black hole, and it will suck your joy, peace, and hope into its vortex if you venture near its vicinity.”

51.”God is your very present help in times of trouble, and each one of your days has been ordained.”

52.”There is solid rock at the bottom. If you have built your life on confidence in the promises of Christ, then you can dive into your what-ifs, and although you may lose your breath.”

53.”The nature of your calling does not indicate the level of God’s approval of you.”

54.”God knows everything about you—including the ugly parts, the broken parts, and the dysfunctional parts—yet he still believes in you. He still has a future and a hope for you.”

55.”Maybe God wants to do something beyond your abilities, and he is far less intimidated by your failures and limits than you are.”

56.”If you’ve ever been frustrated by your failures or exasperated by your weaknesses, this book is for you.”

57.”At some point we all have to get over our pride and own our deficiencies and dependencies.”

58.”I had learned over time that the gospel isn’t about what God wants from us but what he wants for us.”

59.”True freedom in Christ comes when you realize you have nothing to prove to anyone, because in Christ, God fully approves of you.”

60.”God will arrange every experience in your life to serve His purpose.”

61.”Opposition doesn’t prevent the presence of God, it provides an opportunity to prove the presence of God.”

62.”Our sin is our personal responsibility, but in Christ it is no longer the center of our identity.”

63.”But no matter who pays your salary, you’re a full-time employee of the kingdom of God.”

64.”The only thing harder than waiting on God, is wishing that you had!”

65.”God cannot bless who you pretend to be.”

66.”Jesus sets me free to believe I have nothing to prove and only One to please.”

67.”Sometimes God will bypass what you hope for to give you what you really need.”

68.”God’s will doesn’t have to seem perfect to me to be perfect for me.”

69.”Our aim should be pointing others to Christ, not impressing them with our Christ likeness.”

70.”Whatever God does next in your life will emerge from what you’re doing right now.”

71.”Stop trying to be impressive to people and start being effective for God.”

72.”Just because you’re in a storm doesn’t mean that God isn’t there. The proof of God’s presence is that He’s never left you through it all.”

73.”God’s Word is perfect and powerful, but if we don’t make it personal, it will not change our lives.”

74.”God wants people to be able to look at your life and get a glimpse of who He is.”

75.”God’s strength is made perfect in your weakness – not in spite of your weakness but because of it to reveal His glory.”

76.”Extraordinary moves of God begin with ordinary acts of obedience.”

77.”You can’t make God move in your life, but you can make room for God to move in your life.”

78.”One of the Enemy’s most effective strategies is to get you to focus on what you don’t have, what you used to have, or what someone else has that you wish you had. He does this to keep you from looking around and asking, ‘God, what can You do through what I have?'”

79.”Let’s thank God for where we are and who we’re becoming on the way to where we’re going.”

80.”God gets the greatest glory in your life in the face of your greatest resistance.”

81.”What if the thing that produces your pain, is the very thing that God will use to release His power?”

82.”You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to celebrate how far God has brought you. THIS is the day!”

83.”Just because you’re not visible doesn’t mean you’re not valuable. You can be left out by others but set apart by God for His special purpose.”

84.”If your problem is too big for you, it’s just the right size for God.”

85.”When your perspective is preloaded with the Word of God, lies lose their power over your life.”

86.”You have a personal birthright to believe in a God-given mission for your life.”

87.”Great moves of God are usually preceded by simple acts of obedience.”

88.”I dont believe God’s called me to survive the world but to change it for His glory.”

89.”God gives the exact experiences he wants them to have in order to shape the specific destiny he designed for them.”

90.”In your struggle, God gives the gift of comfort so that later, you can give others the gift of empathy.”

91.”Your obedience is what activates God’s will long before the support of others confirms it.”

92.”It shouldn’t freak you out to realize that God’s eyes are on you. Because He doesn’t see you through eyes of disapproval or disappointment. His presence is not a sign of condemnation.”

93.”The faith to step out is worthless without the faithfulness to stick it out.”

94.”Prayer is the arena where our faith meets God’s abilities.”

95.”Obedience is your responsibility, the outcome is God’s!”

96.”The minute I start being afraid of what people might say is the minute I become useless to God.”

97.”People who walk in audacious faith don’t stop and pray. Audacious faith teaches us to push and pray.”

98.”God performs the most impressive feats through the most unimpressive people.”

99.”Did you know it’s possible to have the right passion, but have the wrong expression of the right passion?”

100.”The difference between a vision and a daydream is the audacity to act.”

101.”Your praise is contagious – So is your complaint. What are you carrying today?”

102.”When you focus on everything that could possibly be missing, you miss everything that could be possible.”

103.”It’s easy to criticize context you’ve never experienced.”

104.”Enjoy the journey, because the destination is a mirage.”

105.”Accomplishing the impossible is all about seeing the invisible.”

106.”Faith will tell you to have patience when everything else is telling you to panic. Faith will tell you to hold on when everything else is telling you to let go. Faith will tell you to push forward when everything else is telling you to pull back.”

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