Sermon Series ChoicesMay 7, 2009
Yesterday morning, I and some other pastors spent time with Peter Grainger discussing how we choose sermon-series. Here were the notes:
An initial affirmation that God’s Word addresses all and every situation. Nonetheless, certain parts of God’s Word can be more apt for a given time and situation.
Factors in choosing a sermon topic/series?
1. The profile of a particular church (know your church)
- Age range/background
- Christian maturity
- Non-Christians present
- Needs of congregation
2. The challenges/message to THE Church (which can/should be preached in every church)
When starting out or preaching elsewhere: try to find as much as you can about the church. Or ask: What is the Spirit saying to Western churches in general at this time?
- financial – materialism (credit-crunch)/insecurity
- sexual – Internet etc.
- truth/exclusive claims
- hot topics – what about the Canaanites?
Specific situations may lead to a last minute alteration
- Dunblane massacre
- Princes Diana’s death
e.g. Luke 13 – Jesus and tragedy (have in reserve)
3. The diet for a congregation
- Old & New Testament
- Gospel & doctrine
- Gospels & epistles
- easier/more difficult (Mark v John; Philippians v Hebrews)
4. Who is involved in the decision about what to preach on?
- Pastoral Team
- Just you (danger of pet projects/passages)