Fredrick Buechner once wrote, “Sundays come at the pastor like telephone poles on a fast-moving train.” The relentless pace of ministry demands that I step back from time to time for perspective, planning and prayer. This week is one of those weeks.
For the next few days I am hibernating at home for a study-leave to map out sermon series for the next few months. My goal is to create a balanced diet of messages that are biblically based and applicable to life. The trick is to keep it balanced.
A balanced diet of sermons will include passages from the Old Testament and the New Testament. Sometimes a series will offer topical treatment from the Bible. At other times a series will offer a verse-by-verse treatment of a book in God’s Word. Preachers tend to gravitate toward either topical or verse-by-verse, but I think a healthy diet includes both.
A balanced diet will keep an eye to the seasons of the year (fall, Christmas, the new year, Easter, etc.). And, it will offer nourishment to a variety of ages at a variety of levels of spiritual maturity and understanding. Like I said, this is no easy trick. And that’s why it’s important for me to get away to map out sermon series for the upcoming year, as I am doing this week.
Please pray for me this week, if you are so inclined. Join me in asking God for wisdom and inspiration, so the church might be built up in maturity, faith, love and hope.