Home > Sermons

Finding the 'Wow' in Every Text

Those counter-intuitive moments of surprise, wonder, and fascination at the glory of God and his ways.


We walk in bondage when we walk without Christ.

I used to think I needed a personal trainer, someone who'd get me to the gym and make sure I exercised regularly, someone who would put me through my paces and track my progress. "If I just had a personal trainer," I thought, "I'd be a different man."

Then, someone gave me a personal trainer every week for two or three months. Steve, my personal trainer, was terrific. He got me on an exercise regimen, and I actually liked it. I looked forward to seeing Steve every week. He had a chart for all these different exercises I did, and I liked the challenge of watching the numbers improve. Knowing I was going to see Steve every week motivated me to get to the gym in between the times I met with him.

But then, there was no more Steve; the gift ran out. You know how things work—pretty soon I wasn't going to the gym anymore. I kept the exercise chart for quite a while, and I'd look at it. I couldn't remember what the exercise names meant after a while. I thought of that again the other day. My neighbor, Tracy, is a personal trainer. For her, spending three to four hours in a gym is glorious. I told her I'd just finished a long walk. "Didn't it feel GREAT?" she asked. "Ah, well, it was nice," I said, "but my feet really hurt." I hate to admit it, but I suspect that the only way I'd be steady with exercising is if there were a personal trainer in me or if I had the nature of a personal trainer, like Steve or Tracy. Do you ever feel that way about your spiritual life?

(Read Romans 8:1-3)

Christ is the one who frees us from condemnation

We've been studying some of the wonderful facets of the diamond-like ...

sermon Preview

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

To continue reading:

Lee Eclov is pastor of Village Church of Lincolnshire in Lake Forest, Illinois and author of Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls (Moody Publishers). Eclov also leads a gathering of pastors for mutual support and learning called Pastors' Gatherings. To find out more about these Gatherings visit his site

Rating & Reviews

Average User Rating: Not rated

No comments

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

Related sermons

Why Christ Had to Die

Not until we fully understand our human condition—that of total depravity—can we fully appreciate what God did for us through Christ's death and resurrection.

I Struggle With a Certain Sin Often. Will God Forgive Me?

A fresh look at God's response to habitual sin

More sermons

Related videos

Épica: David | Ryan Emerick Media | Preaching Today Media

Épica: David | Ryan Emerick Media

David was a mighty king who fell in a major way. But God used his failure as a pathway to forgiveness. Part of a series of sermon intro videos. [ Read More ]
Prodigal: A Father's Love (Extended Version) | Journey Box Media | Preaching Today Media

Prodigal: A Father's Love (Extended Version) | Journey Box Media

Adapted from “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” (© 1997) by popular Christian author Philip Yancey, Prodigal is a relatable telling of the well-known parable used by Jesus to show us who God is and how God loves. In this picture of extravagant grace, we learn that there is no catch to this promise, no loophole to exclude us from Love. Featuring music from up and coming artist Sara Jackson-Holman, we believe Prodigal is the film your community will be talking about. [ 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:


I. Christ is the One who frees us from condemnation

II. The Holy Spirit gives us a new mindset

III. 'The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace'

IV. The Holy Spirit 'will give life to your mortal bodies'

V. We are no longer indebted to death but to the Spirit's life