When someone asks: What is your favorite sermon?, most look back to the past and remember something they've already heard. They point back to a sermon that really helped them.
We all do this, myself included, because there is benefit to looking back and remembering the lessons learned. But there is also a benefit in looking forward.
The main benefit to looking forward is that we all need to be more "throughly furnished". That takes place in the future.
Let's consider changing our answer to the question: What is your favorite sermon?... with this answer: The next one I hear!
The answer: the next one I hear, recognizes the lessons learned up until this point, but also humbly identifies there is still much "furnishing" that has to be accomplished.
The NEXT sermon I hear is my favorite sermon because I'm praying to get answers to these questions:
What can I learn to do better?
What can I learn not to continue to do?
What was the warning I should take head to?
What was the example I should lean into?
What were the questions I had answered?
What are the new questions I can now wrestle with?
Who can I help with this new perspective I didn't see before?
Who can help me see something in my life that needs changing?
If we always look back to past lessons, we never get to enjoy the time between now and what God has for us to learn in the future.
I need to be more "throughly furnished", how 'bout you?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.