As Leonard Sweet stated in his book, Out of the Question, Into the Mystery, lists need not leave people listless.
I was intrigued by his list of recommended topics that a Christian should be familiar with.
Considering our mandate to “make disciples…teaching them to observe all things I commanded you”, the following list ought to pretty much cover most of it.
Check out the following Top Ten Sermon series list for a potential year’s worth (or more) of preaching:
- One baptism creed (The Apostles’ Creed)
- One daily prayer (The Lord’s Prayer)
- Three transcendentals of being (beauty, truth and goodness)
- Three parts of penance (contrition, confession, satisfaction)
- Four last things (death, judgment, heaven, hell)
- Four cardinal virtues (courage, prudence, temperance, justice)
- Five relational fields in which we experience the Holy Spirit (the five fields of synergy according to the Apostles’ Creed after “I believe in the Holy Spirit” are  the holy catholic church,  the communion of saints,  the forgiveness of sins,  the resurrection of the body, and  life everlasting)
- Seven deadly sins (pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, sloth)
- Seven contrary virtues (humility against pride, kindness against envy, abstinence against gluttony, chastity against lust, patience against anger, liberality against greed, and diligence against sloth)
- Seven corporal works of mercy (feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, give shelter to strangers, clothe the naked, visit the sick, minister to prisoners, and bury the dead)