5 Common Themes in Jesus’ Sermons
Theme 1 – The Kingdom of God Jesus often preached about the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven. The phrase “the kingdom of God” appears over 50 times in the four gospels, and when you add to that the term “kingdom of heaven,” you can see how common a theme this was in Jesus’ teaching.

Theme 2 – The Father Jesus often spoke of the Father. He spoke of the Father’s love, the Father’s provision, the Father’s protection, and often highlighted his relationship with and to the Father. Even when he taught his disciples to pray, he told them to approach God as Father.

Theme 3 – The Cost of Discipleship Jesus never sugar-coated what it would take to be his disciple. He did not keep that from his followers, but he told them the truth. To be his disciple would require surrender, suffering, sacrifice, and denying yourself.

Theme 4 – Eternal Life Jesus often spoke of eternal life. Whether he was mentioning the kingdom, the cost of discipleship, and even in his parables, he constantly reminded his followers that there is more to life than what you see around you.

Theme 5 – Judgment Jesus often talked about judgment and reward, especially in many of his parables. There is an eternal judgment waiting for those who reject Christ and there is an eternal reward for those who receive Christ. Both themes were common in Jesus’ teachings.