The Reflectionary – Let’s Show the World

by | Jan 7, 2023 | The Reflectionary

In 2023, The Reflectionary will become a new podcast, covering upcoming preaching texts for each week, in addition to offering more sermon ideas and spiritual wisdom for church leaders.

For this week, I’m sharing a message that is actually in the Epiphany readings rather than an upcoming Sunday, but the message is one the church desperately needs today – that we get to show and share the life-changing power of the gospel of Jesus and the grace of God with the whole world!

I love the church in spite of all its flaws, and Jesus definitely loves his church. So we don’t get to give up if we really follow him. What we get to do instead is to become representatives and ambassadors of the gospel to a world desperately in need of good news from God.

And if you’re reading this, I’m convinced you have a role in this mission. Let’s link arms together and show the world what kind of radical change the grace of God is capable of producing!

In the meantime,

Keep on growing!

Brandon

 

PS – I’m looking for a few new clients who need a fresh presence online. I want to help you and your church showcase the message of God’s grace well. If you think I can help you in the area of communications, social media, website design, etc. please don’t hesitate to start a conversation!

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This Week’s Big Sermon Idea

What the Church Gets to Show the World

Based on Ephesians 3:1-12

When you align with the church, you’re joining hands with other believers of every tribe, tongue, and nation and showing the rest of the world what a powerful and redemptive work of grace God is doing.

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Creative Sermon Series Ideas from MinistryPass

My favorite resource for sermon series and message ideas, complete series graphics, and video bumpers (but NOT full notes) to get you started is MinistryPass! Each week, I’ll feature a series I would recommend checking out for the upcoming season of the church year. This week:

From the Description:

Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14–21 is rich with hope for spiritual growth and flourishing through the God who is able to do above and beyond what we could ever ask or think! This sermon series for the new year uses Paul’s prayer to encourage hope in the heart of believers.

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Upcoming Events

 

Exiles in Babylon: Theology in the Raw Conference
March 23-25, 2023 (Boise, ID)

To be a Christian is to be an exile. The Bible has a name for the country we’ve been exiled to: Babylon. As exiles living in Babylon, we need to think biblically, Christianly, indeed exilically—not partisanly—through cultural and political issues. This year, our topics include: The Future of the Church, Disability and the Church, Multiethnic Perspectives of American Christianity, a conversational debate on the Problem of Evil, and a pre-conference symposium on Women in Leadership!

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If you have an upcoming event relevant to pastors and church leaders that you’d like me to add to my calendar of events, feel free to message me!

 

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About the Cover Art: Photo by Sam Balye on Unsplash.

 

 

Give Your Sermon Life Beyond This Sunday with Your Own Website

I work with pastors who 1.) don’t have a staff member dedicated to communications and 2.) don’t have the time to handle it all themselves to do the following:

  • Create a website where you can host your sermon content so that it lives beyond Sunday.
  • Transcribe your Sunday messages and edit them into articles and ebooks.
  • Create short video clips and other social media posts from your sermon videos.
  • Create and manage an email list so people can be updated when you’ve added new content.
  • Meet monthly to coach you through some creative sermon planning and preparation.

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