Home > Sermons

It's All in Your Head

Just as we have a kingdom responsibility to manage the material things that God gives us, so we have a kingdom responsibility to manage the immaterial things he gives.

Story behind the sermon (from Mark Buchanan)

When I first came to New Life Church, I established the practice that every January I would preach a month-long series on stewardship. This sermon was a part of the 2010 stewardship series. Over the years I've expanded the theme of stewardship to cover much more than finances—stewardship of our time, our bodies, our friendships, the environment, the words we use, and much more. In this sermon I covered the stewardship of our thoughts.

I had felt for some time a deepening urgency to speak about stewarding thoughts. I have a growing concern about how easily Christians lapse into unbiblical ways of thinking—fear about the economy, anger at the government, anxiety about work, contempt for certain races or classes, pettiness toward others, etc. The basic worldview of many in the church is pagan. I intended to address this doctrinally and ethically in a series I was preparing on discipleship, but I wanted this sermon to provide a broad theological groundwork: Those in Christ can and should think differently, for we have the mind of Christ. My main aim was to generate in people an excitement about that idea and to stir up their longing to grow in it. I also wanted to leave them with a few practical steps toward for growth in the area of thought stewardship. Many people told me afterwards that they had changed their minds about some matter or another, even as I was preaching.

Two other issues concerning this sermon: (1) I preached this on a Sunday that the church was saying goodbye to one of our pastors. In fact, I preached right on the heels of publically thanking this pastor, so the room was thick with emotion, and I was sad. I knew I needed a strong opening to recapture everyone's ...

sermon Preview

This sermon is available to purchase a la carte or
for subscribers at no additional cost.

To continue reading:

Mark Buchanan is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Ambrose Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, and the author of numerous books including Your Church is too Safe.

Rating & Reviews

Average User Rating: Not rated

Displaying 1–1 of 1 comments


July 27, 2011  2:14pm

Appreciated the content, illustrations and application. Generated a lot of ideas(related topics) for messages.

Report Abuse

Please to rate and review this sermon. Or subscribe now for full access.

Related sermons

Matt Woodley

Your Whole Life Matters to God

All of life is an act of worship and an opportunity to serve and please God.

Losing Our Minds

Why life needs to be about more than feelings

More sermons

Related videos

Lift Oh Gates Video Worship Song Track with Lyrics | Corey Voss | Preaching Today Media

Lift Oh Gates Video Worship Song Track with Lyrics | Corey Voss

From the album "Songs of Heaven and Earth" by Corey Voss comes to a video worship track for the song <i>Lift Oh Gates.</i> This product includes a full, split and click versions. [ Read More ]
The Easter Story | twelve:thirty media | Preaching Today Media

The Easter Story | twelve:thirty media

The story of Easter is the basis for the Christian’s unending hope. Since Jesus overcame the grave, He gave us all we need to experience new life as well. Easter is a time of celebration because Jesus has risen! A compelling visual mini-movie based on the Easter story. Perfect to use as a service opener, sermon bumper or creative element in your Easter worship services. [ Read More ]

More videos

Print this pageShopping CartHelpMy Account
  • Type:
  • sermon
  • Format:
  • Zip (PDF,mp3)
  • Price:
  • $5.99

Average Rating: Not rated [see ratings/reviews]

Audio Sample:

Sermon Outline:


Whatever problem you have, it's all in your head.

I. Unhindered access to the mind and heart of Christ

II. Moving from cramped thinking to wide open, windswept thinking

III. Four things to do to become stewards of your thoughts


See each day as potentially "the best day of your life."