Writing and preaching sermons is one of my favorite things to do as a pastor. I use many different tools, techniques, and methods in my sermon preparation. I read the Bible, of course. I read what other people have written about the particular passage I’m studying. As the week goes on I pay attention to things that can inform my preaching by showing me what’s going on in the world, like the news, or cultural stuff like music and TV shows. Sometimes the sermons come easy and seem to write themselves. Other times… not so much. It can often seem like trying to get blood from a turnip. I need your help!
Over the years, I have consistently found that discussions with other people can shape my sermons in profound and positive ways. So, I’m asking you for some help. We have a Sunday morning Bible Study called, “Shape the Sermon”. We gather in the hearth room every Sunday at 9:30 to discuss the Bible passages for the coming week. For instance, on October 21, we will read and discuss the passages for October 28. We dig in to the passages, asking questions like, “What is the good news in this passage?” “What’s the bad news?” “What is God doing in this passage?” “Why does this matter for us today?”
Because of my past experience, I am confident that our discussions will present me with ideas and questions about the Scriptures that I never would have come up with on my own. And, just like me, you’ll probably learn a thing or two about what God is up to in our world.
I look forward to seeing you on Sundays!