60 Second Sermons

Sixty-second sermon Bible studies

Sixty Second Sermons

Jesus was a great story teller! He also created great stories by His life, teachings and actions. The following brief stories are taken from the Gospels. We can learn a lot by simply taking a good look at the stories Jesus told. Each one identifies a problem we face - a spiritual problem, a physical problem, a mental problem, or a social problem. Some problems are a combination a two or more issues. Jesus has the answers! In fact Jesus is the answer, He is the way, the truth and the life.
The following short studies are very simple. They are designed for you to think, meditate and pray in order to ask God to show you personal application for your life. In a "nutshell" they are designed for you to simply answer the following questions: 1. What does the story say about God's heart and His values in regard to the situation? 2. What problem or problems are addressed? 3. What can you take away from this story to apply to your life?

You will need a Bible.

Looking for love in all the wrong places...

Gretta had always wanted someone to care for her. But her quest for love and acceptance always led her to the wrong places. By the time she was 25 she had lived with six different men. Although she desperately needed someone to talk with, she found herself going shopping at odd hours to avoid embarrassing questions and old acquaintances. That all changed when she met someone who really cared. Hi I'm Rod Lawrence with Luke 2:52 ministries. The person this lady met was Jesus! A similar story is recorded in the gospel of John chapter 4. Jesus is in the business of restoring messed up and broken lives! Maybe your life isn't like Gretta's but you know that you lack the peace and contentment needed to make good decisions. Jesus said "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you..." If you'd like to learn more about Gretta or better yet about Jesus attached is a Bible study based on this passage from the Gospel of John chapter 4.

The Story of the Woman at the Well. John 4:1-42

Read the story recorded in John 4:1-42 and answer the following questions:

  1. The woman’s core problem wasn’t thirst although Jesus acknowledged the fact that that need had to be met. What were her core issues? How did Jesus respond to them?
  2. Where did Jesus point her to get that need met?
  3. What can you draw out of this story to apply to your life? By way of Jesus’ example? By way of the woman’s response to Jesus?

Commentary: The Woman at the Well is a famous story which shows the heart of both Jesus and God our Father. This woman obviously had needs, she was thirsty physically, but also relationally. As we follow their conversation it becomes apparent that she was depending on men to meet her need. She was being passed from one to another. She appears lonely, self-conscious and a little desperate. It’s interesting that although Jesus knew she was making poor decisions in life He didn't open the conversation with pointing that out, nor did He judge her or take her to task because of it. He gently engaged her in a conversation that pointed her to the one and only way that she could find peace and contentment in life. He knew she had a huge spiritual vacuum in her life. She needed to claim her place as a child of God! Here’s a great nugget from the conversation – Jesus’ statement: God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.(John 4:24) We can see from this story that God values all people (Jesus a Jew has no problem with sharing the blessings of God with a Samaritan). We see that Jesus points her toward living right – He encourages her to follow God’s pattern of marriage between a man and woman. We see Jesus giving her the opportunity to share His blessings with others (and she rises to the occasion). It is an awesome story pointing to Jesus as our real thirst quencher! To get that thirst quenched, we must acknowledge our need for God, then we must embrace Jesus because He is the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:)!

Good businessman gone bad...

Zach was a good business man gone bad. He had gone from earning money to exploiting his friends and neighbors. He found himself becoming a selfish, lonely, crotchety old man. He didn't want this, but once you get on a certain track its hard to get off. There are people who got you to where you are that you wouldn't want to cross, powerful people, who could hurt you. Day after day Zach grew wearier of his empty opulent life. That all changed the day he decided to climb a tree. Hi, I'm Rod Lawrence with Luke 2:52 Ministries. The Zach in this story is short for Zaccheus, the short but wealthy tax collector who literally climbed a tree and went out on a limb to meet Jesus. Through a personal relationship with Christ he turned his life around, including paying back everything he'd defrauded anyone out of. It wasn't easy but God does the impossible. If you'd like to find out more about how Jesus can change your impossible life attached is a Bible study based on this passage from the Gospel of Luke chapter 19.

The story of Zaccheus. Luke 19:1-10

Read the story found in Luke 19:1-10 and answer the following questions:

  1. What were Zaccheus' core issues? How did Jesus treat him?
  2. What was Zaccheus' first step in dealing with his problems?
  3. What can you take from this story to apply to your life? By way of Zaccheus' actions? By way of Jesus' attitude?

Commentary: This is a great story! A desperate lonely man looking for a way out of his desperate lonely life – He finds it through Jesus Christ. Jesus’ statement - “For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost”(Luke 19:10), hits the nail on the head. We see that God is always looking for people who are fed up with living for themselves and desire to live a life that leaves a legacy and blessings to boot. He doesn’t avoid us because we are sinners, He doesn’t expect us to clean up our act before we come to Him. He invites us to make room for Him in our lives; He then empowers us to do the hard stuff of righting wrongs, then gives us what we need for living right. It is a joy to see how Zacchaeus not only makes room for Jesus in his life – he jumps in with both feet and turns basically everything he has over to Jesus. The result: salvation has come to this house (Luke 19:9)!

Pete finds meaning in life...

Simon was loud mouthed, obnoxious, and usually in trouble. Although he was a hard worker, a faithful husband, and a loyal friend he found himself feeling empty and hollow. He was an act first, talk first, brag first and think later person. He knew there must be more to life than fishing, fighting, and fumbling around. One day his younger brother introduced him to someone who changed his life forever. Hi, I'm Rod Lawrence with Luke 2:52 Ministries. The person that Simon met was Jesus Christ. Simon, more commonly known as Peter, found true meaning in life through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus is in the business of giving purpose and direction to aimless lives. If you'd like to know more about how Jesus can give meaning to your life consider the following Bible study. Feel free to contact us for more info an assistance!

Jesus and Peter: The Gospel of Mark 1:16-18; 8:29-33; 14:27-33; 14:66-72; 16:7

Read the scripture and respond to the following questions. Note: The Gospels contain many other stories about Jesus and Peter.

  1. What were Peter’s qualities and what were his faults? Did Jesus cut him any slack?
  2. How did Peter respond to his own mistakes? Did he make any more mistakes? Would you say that Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends? Did Jesus stick with Peter through thick and thin?
  3. What can we learn from Peter’s heart, actions, response to criticism? What can we learn from Jesus’ dealings with Peter?

Commentary: Peter was a man who was rough around the edges. Because of his forceful personality and his close relationship with Jesus we hear a lot about Peter via the Gospels. We see that he did not hesitate to drop his career and follow when Jesus called. He was bold and willing to step forward in almost any and every situation. He had a tendency to overstep his bounds and overstate his position (like when he took Jesus to task when He began to reveal His death and crucifixion, and when he denied that he would ever forsake Jesus). Jesus was brutally honest with Peter and did not hesitate to call him out when he needed it. But Peter again and again demonstrated his solid character by taking Jesus’ rebukes and admonitions - picking himself back up and moving on. Though he stumbled and fell on occasion he remained faithful in the long run. Peter was quick to see that Jesus is God’s Son – the Christ, the Messiah. We can draw some important life principles from Peter’s relationship with Jesus: We see that Jesus honors and values faith combined with action. We see that Jesus does not change His plans because we don’t like them or because we think we may have a better idea. We see that Jesus is always accepting and forgiving – even when we forsake Him, He does not forsake us. We also see that Jesus is always reaching out to draw us back even when we fail. The words of the angel to the two Marys at the tomb is telling “But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you." (Mark 16:7) Peter was special to Jesus - It is obvious that Jesus appreciated his bold faith his humble and teachable spirit and his willingness to rise to the occasion.

Mary meets The Man...

Mary was a woman who men loved to be around but they didn’t respect her. She consoled herself with the thought that even if she didn’t use her beauty well, at least she used it wisely. All that said; Mary was a person of great generosity, intellect, and ability. She however continually sold herself short, she was in fact an expert at making connections with those who would use and abuse her. Her life gradually went further and further out of control. Then she met a man, a man who really cared for who she was as a human being, a man who instilled purpose and value into her life, a man that set her free from those who would use her up and destroy her. It wasn’t even a romantic relationship. But it changed her life and as a result of it she would go down as a heroine in the annuls of history. Hi I’m Rod Lawrence with Luke 2:52 Ministries. This lady is found in the Bible, Her name is Mary Magdalene, the man she met was Jesus. Jesus can change you life too – check out the following Bible study to learn more!

Mary Magdalene. Mark 15:40-41 and 47; 16:1-14

Read the scriptures and answer the following questions: Note: The Gospels contain several other references to Mary Magdalene.

  1. The Bible tells us that Mary Magdalene and other women followed Jesus around and ministered to Him, and that she was there at His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection - why do you think she was so devoted to Jesus? Why do you think Jesus revealed Himself to her first after being raised from the dead?
  2. Did Mary have to make herself available to Jesus in order for Him to cast seven demons out of her? Do you think she was seeking help? What might she have been suffering from as a result of the demons that had to be cast out?
  3. Mary was apparently a person with influence and resources - how did she use her resources? How does she appear to relate to the other women and the other people who followed Jesus? What can we learn from the way that Jesus related to Mary Magdalene? What can we learn from Mary's life after she was set free?

Commentary: Mary Magdalene is an intriguing person. She was most likely a very lovely and articulate woman. She was also needy – she had problems. The Bible tells us that Jesus cast seven demons out of her. We don’t know exactly what her problems were but it is apparent that she must have been desperate. Addictions, compulsions and depression are clear possibilities. It appears that she sought help from Jesus and He responded to her need; He set her free! She became a new woman! She was a devoted and generous follower of Christ. She put herself and her resources at Jesus’ disposal. She was not afraid to get her hands dirty, nor was she afraid of the influential or powerful. She joined wholeheartedly with others who also desired better lives and hope for the future. We see that Jesus honored her by revealing Himself to her first after His resurrection. “He appeared first to Mary Magdalene…."(Mark 16:9) Although her past life experiences were likely filled with bad decisions, broken relationships and severe disappointments, we see the new Mary Magdalene as a woman of influence, faith, dignity and power. She is honored and remembered as a faithful friend and follower of Christ!

Mary makes a scene...

Mary's life was a mess. What started out as popularity because of her stunning beauty, turned into a less than honorable profession. She felt worthless. She had always wanted to be someone people could look up to, she bitterly admitted she was hardly that. But Mary had a tender heart and always noticed who was doing "good things" for people. She was intrigued by a man who had the remarkable ability to infuse the most hopeless with hope and to put the pious and pompous in their place. She finally had a chance to meet Him at a high class dinner party. She was so overwhelmed by the contrast between His life and hers she lost control of her emotions and made a big scene crying and carrying on. She was sure He'd be angry and embarrassed but He wasn't. Hi, I'm Rod Lawrence with Luke 2:52 Ministries. This lady found love, acceptance, and forgiveness; she met Jesus! A similar story is found in the Gospel of Luke chapter 7. If you'd like to know more about Jesus call us at (574) 806 4445.

The story of Jesus and the “sinful woman.” Luke 7:36-50

Read this scripture and answer the following questions:

  1. What was the host saying to himself about the woman? How does his attitude contrast with Jesus’ attitude?
  2. When she put everything on the line to honor Jesus, what was she risking? What was the result? How do you think she felt when Jesus honored her and stood up for her? When He forgave her sins?
  3. What can we learn from this bold and desperate woman? From the host of the dinner? From Jesus’ remarks concerning the woman and the host?

Commentary: This is a wonderful story that contrasts the smug and self righteous with the broken and humble. God always honors humility especially when it is coupled with faith! Jesus’ words to her are priceless: "Your sins are forgiven….Your faith has saved you; go in peace." (Luke 7:48&50). Similar stories are recorded in Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9 and John 12:1-6. Most likely they all record the same incident. Consequently the woman is commonly known as Mary of Bethany. What ever the case, her past is jaded, her reputation is known and she is judged by some – but not by Jesus! In fact the host of the dinner is taken to task by Jesus both for his words and for his actions (or lack of them). Mary on the other hand is honored, remembered and forgiven. We see God’s heart for those entangled in sin – freedom and forgiveness. We see that God doesn’t sweep sin under the carpet, He forgives, heals and restores and puts things into perspective. We see that actions, even desperate actions of faith and humility are honored and applauded by Jesus. We see that in forgiving known sinners, Jesus is appealing to those who are smug and self righteous to acknowledge their sin, their need for forgiveness and their need for a heart change. Most of all He calls them to take note and follow suit with repentant humble sinners who become transformed into saints!

You can't take it with you...

Hans was one of those guys who did everything right. Seemed like all he touched turned to gold. A respected community leader, a faithful husband, father, and son. Honest in business and unbelievably wealthy. Deep inside however, he knew that something was missing. Hi, I'm Rod Lawrence with Luke 2:52 Ministries. A story about a man like Hans is found in the Gospel of Mark chapter 10. He approached Jesus and asked "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus told him…"sell what you have….give to the poor….you'll have treasure in heaven, and come follow Me". Unfortunately Hans' money got in between him, Jesus, and eternal life. How about you? Is there something between you and Jesus? He is the only way to eternal life. Deep down you know you can't take it with you. To learn more visit our web site at luke252.org or give us a call at (574) 806-4445.

The Story of the Rich Young Ruler: Mark 10:17-31

Read the story in its entirety and respond to the following questions:

  1. Why do you think this man came to Jesus in the first place?
  2. It seems like he is a great guy and living right – why does Jesus push him to go farther?
  3. Do you think that he was possessing his possessions, or were his possessions possessing him?
  4. Do you think God is asking a bit much here? Is it right for Him to want everything we have?
  5. What is standing between you, Jesus and eternal life? Can God give you the strength to do what seems impossible? What is God asking you to do?

Commentary: This is a sad but altogether too true story. Possessions have a way of turning the tables on us. Instead of us possessing them they can easily possess us. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment He said: “….love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength…. love your neighbor as yourself….”(Mark 12:28-34). God shows us a way out of the money trap. When we love Him completely and put everything we have at His disposal, we not only put ourselves in a position to be right with Him, we also find peace, contentment and purpose in our lives. Jesus wants our hearts not just some of our time and money or good behavior. When we commit our lives to Him, He motivates us to share what we have with others so we can store up treasure, not just here on earth but for all of eternity in heaven.