Ripples have spread from my first blog (Dec, 1st) on my projected sermon series in 2008, with excitement and warnings. Excitement - because in a little way this preacher wants to involve his hearers! But warnings - because some may feel left out, be upset that their thoughts and stories aren’t used, or disappointed by lack of follow-up. Yes there are risks, and the process calls for real maturity, but let’s go on trusting God in this venture.
My sermon prep involves identifying a “main impact” sentence for each sermon. What does this mean? Well, Scripture not only conveys a message, says something, but it also does something – elicits a response. God’s word may do 101 things by the power of His Spirit including: rebuke, encourage, evangelize, praise, call to mission. Each sermon should therefore say and do the same thing that the Scripture text says and does!
So, I need prayer and continuing input on the first two sermons on God’s promises:
January 6, 2008 VISION – This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pout out my Spirit in those days and they will prophecy. Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:14-21.
My main impact: By God’s grace this sermon says that God’s promises have founded the church, that now we can see God, ourselves and our world in new ways; and what this sermon does is challenge us to live by his promises today.
January 13, 2008 HAPPINESS – Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly nor stands in the way of sinners, not sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3
Main impact: By God’s grace this sermon says that God’s happiness works differently because we must say no to some things in order to live in his ways and to prosper; and what this sermon does is encourage us to be planted for happiness.
Future sermons will likely tackle: PRAYER, STRESS & ANXIETY, TEMPTATION , THE FUTURE, THE CHURCH, DEATH.
I continue to need your help. Please pray for the process, and share stories, insights, concerns with me along the way. You can comment here for others to see, or use my seminary email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your input really matters.