The Reflectionary – Faith is the Way, Investing for Eternity, and More

by | Jul 28, 2022 | The Reflectionary

The science of preaching is understanding and dissecting, as precisely as possible, the intention of the ancient writer of scripture.

The art of preaching is presenting ancient truth and painting a picture of how it relates to modern, everyday life in a relevant way.

Or to put it another way, effective preaching is essentially building a bridge from the then and there of the text to the here and now of everyday, modern life.

When it comes to how I outline sermons here at Preaching for Change, rather than presenting a three- or four-point traditional message, I choose to organize every preaching idea around three elements that matter greatly to the modern communicator of scriptural truth.

An angle, an anchor, and an application.

Read More: 3 Elements Every Sermon Needs: An Angle, an Anchor, and an Application


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


Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

WORKING TITLE: What Love Requires of Us

God is far more interested in our repentance over sin and our work for justice than he is in any of our religious ritualism or traditions. Love doesn’t require us to know all the right doctrines or to practice the spiritual disciplines, though those have great value. Love requires loving action on behalf of those who need it most.

Read: What Love Requires of Us


Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23<

WORKING TITLE: The God Who Speaks

What God desires far more than our empty praise and ritualism is genuine gratitude and thanksgiving, and he cares enough to speak to us and reveal his desire so that we aren’t left to wonder about his will.

Read: The God Who Speaks


Alternate First Reading and Psalm


Genesis 15:1-6

WORKING TITLE: Believing God and Being Declared Righteous

God favors faith. One of the themes running throughout the entire biblical narrative is that the reward for our belief in God is his declaration that we are right with him.

Read: Believing God and Being Declared Righteous


Psalm 33:12-22

WORKING TITLE: Our Real Source of Strength

Our greatest source of both strength and happiness will always be the goodness and steadfast love of God. Transfer your trust from any earthly, human source of strength and power to the goodness of God whose steadfast love will never stop pursuing his relationship with you.

<aRead: Our Real Source of Strength


Second Reading


Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

WORKING TITLE: Faith is Always the Way

The pathway to God’s best blessings is always by faith, demonstrated by an obedient response to his revealed will. What step is God calling you to take? Ask him and then listen, in prayer, to what God summons you to do in obedience to him. Then, by faith, take the step.

Read: Faith is Always the Way


Gospel Reading


Luke 12:32-40

WORKING TITLE: Investing With Your Whole Heart

Your heart can be fully invested in temporary, fleeting pursuits, or in the eternal kingdom of God. What you really love is always evidenced by how you choose to invest your life.

Read: Prayer: Investing With Your Whole Heart


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:

This sermon series follows characters in the Bible who found themselves on the run. No matter where they hid or how far they ran, they were never out of the reach of God’s loving care and attention.

Check Out This Sermon Series »


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About the Art: Hofheinz-Döring, Margret, 1910-. Sunrise, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.


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