My kids go back to school in just one month! The summer might be a time when people travel and church attendance lags a bit, but it’s also short and flies right by.
One of the strongest opportunities to invite potential newcomers to church comes in the early fall when families find their routines again. It’s one of the best times to kick off a new series of messages.
I’m going to be writing about that and helping some pastors think through their preaching for the fall of this year, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, here are this week’s sermon ideas…
Sermon Ideas Based on the Lectionary
Note: The notes in the Reflectionary each week are based on Lectionary texts ten days out (so, the next Sunday, not the coming Sunday). If you need to see notes for this Sunday’s texts, visit last week’s Reflectionary.
For July 31, 2022
Year C – Eighty Sunday After Pentecost
First Reading and Psalm
WORKING TITLE: God is Like a Patient Parent
God will not give up on his people, no matter how much they act like spoiled children who take his goodness for granted. God has gone out of his way to prove his love and his kindness. It is up to us to see his grace at work and to respond to it.
Psalm 107:1-9, 43
WORKING TITLE: Listen to the Loving Voice of God
The goodness of God is enough to convince us to follow him. For nearly all of us, we can recognize the consequences of our rebellious and selfish decisions. Or, we can respond much earlier to the goodness, patience, and mercy of God.
Alternate First Reading and Psalm
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23
WORKING TITLE: When Everything Feels Pointless
The meaning of life isn’t found in any earthly pursuit, but rather in heavenly, healthy relationships with God and the universe around us. Stop, look up, and see God’s hand at work in the world, then join him in the joy-producing renewal of all that is broken.
WORKING TITLE: The Pricelessness of Every Person You’ll Ever Meet
The world will always divide us into classes, and sometimes we even believe the labels ourselves, but from the perspective of our eternal Creator, we’re all equally priceless. Redefine your worth and value on the basis of how God sees you.
WORKING TITLE: You Were Made for More Than the Mess
Life is messy, but you were made for more than the mess. God formed you for his eternal family and wants you to set your affection on an eternal kind of life. Take a moment to examine your affections. What’s your vision for life all about?
WORKING TITLE: How to Be Spiritually Rich
Jesus teaches us that you can be “rich” by accumulating material possessions, but spiritually poor. There is more to life than having more stuff. Ask yourself, where do your security and your significance come from?
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 or sermon outlines) 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:
For some, the word revival evokes images of fiery preaching and miracle healings. For others, it has little meaning. This four-week series helps us rightly define and understand revival and its effects on individuals and communities. Though the word revival isn’t found in the Bible, there are accounts of significant outpourings of God’s Spirit on his people, times of spiritual reform, and times of awakening in the spiritual lives of God’s people. We’ll explore these events and discover how we might experience this same revival in our lives and churches today.
The Goal Getters’ Summit
July 25th – 29th, 2022 (Online)
Over 5 days, 25 experts will teach you strategies you can use to:
- Prioritize what you actually care about
- Make a plan for accomplishing goals that matter
- Conquer your to-do list with less time and effort
- Move forward in the most important areas of your life
No matter what goals you’re chasing or where you’re at in the process, the summit will help you move forward.
The Time to Thrive Summit
August 2-6, 2022 (Online)
In just 5 days, join Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi, Matthew McMcConaughey, and other special guests as they share their exact 5-step blueprint to not just survive in a world filled with uncertainty… but to THRIVE in your career, impact lives & secure your future. There is a VIP upsell offer but the event itself is free.
A Conference for Church Communications Leaders
August 22-23, 2022 (Online)
October 18-19, 2022 (Charlotte, NC)
The Church Communicator Conference is specially designed for the accidental church communicator, the one that wears many hats and may have stumbled upon this role without a plan. Lead pastors and executive pastors will also benefit from this conference as it will introduce principles and concepts that will assist with creating a unified communication strategy that aligns with the vision and mission of the church.
Books, Links, and Resources for Pastors and Church Leaders
- Ron Edmondson writes about 10 Of My Biggest Leadership Mistakes.
- Outreach has an article about Try This: 9 Ways to Support Schools, Students, Parents and Teachers.
- Stephanie Hodges shares 7 Tips for Crafting a Successful Pastor Resume.
- Pastor Rick Warren writes about The Peace That Only Jesus Gives.
- From Search Engine Journal, 10 New Social Media Platforms & Apps To Have On Your Radar.
- Bryan Haley offers The Ultimate List of 21 Completely Free Stock Photo Sites for Churches.
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About the Art: Frith, William Powell, 1819-1909. Poverty and Wealth, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.