Summer Sermon Schedule

As is my custom, last summer I took a few days to study and pray over the suggested lectionary texts for this Christian Year, and sketched out preliminary sermon titles, texts, and themes for a year’s preaching. Recognizing that the Pastor Search Committee may complete its work and recommend someone as your next pastor before I preach all of these sermons, I nevertheless want to give you an idea of where we are headed with sermon themes for the next few months.

Having just completed five messages on God’s commandment from First John to love all people unreservedly, we will follow with a brief series on the work of the church.

May 16 Ascension Sunday
“Now It’s Up to Us”
Acts 1:1-11
Luke 24:44-53

May 23 Pentecost Sunday
“Testify!”
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Acts 2:1-21

May 30 Trinity Sunday
“The Work of Worship”
Isaiah 6:1-8
John 3:1-17

I think it is fitting, as I wind down my preaching ministry, that we focus on the central figure of our faith, Jesus Christ. So through the summer we will consider together the things we need to know about Jesus.

June 6
“Knowing Jesus: He Is a Radical”
Mark 3:20-35
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

June 13
“Knowing Jesus: He’s the Master Teacher”
Mark 4:26-34
2 Corinthians 5:6-10

June 20
“Knowing Jesus: He’s the Calm at the Center of the Storm”
Mark 4:35-41
2 Corinthians 6:1-13

June 27
“Knowing Jesus: He’s Focused”
Mark 5:21-43
2 Corinthians 8:7-15

July 4
“Knowing Jesus: He’s the One Who Sends Us”
Mark 6:1-13
2 Corinthians 12:2-10

July 11
“Knowing Jesus: He Is Not Like Any Other”
Mark 6:14-29
Ephesians 1:3-14

July 18
“Knowing Jesus: He Sets the Agenda”
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Ephesians 2:11-22

July 25
“Knowing Jesus: He Gives Abundance”
John 6:1-21
Ephesians 3:14-21

August 1
“Knowing Jesus: He Is the Bread of Life”
John 6:24-35
Ephesians 4:1-16

August 8
“Knowing Jesus: He Knows What We Really Need”
John 6:35, 41-51
Ephesians 4:25-5:2

A helpful spiritual exercise for you would be to carve out some time to read all of these Scripture passages in order to see the scope of the issues we will address together. What questions do they raise for you? What do you hope to gain from their study? What areas might challenge you to think or live differently? 

Frankly, this is more thought than most of us usually put into the sermon process. We are more likely simply to wait passively for them to be delivered and then take what we can from them. However, the Holy Spirit can help us to grow at any time and in many ways. Why not allow God to speak to you from the written word before you ever hear the spoken word? Then the Living Word, Jesus Christ, may become more real and active in your life.