The Trouble Without a Sermon Series

I’m a sermon series kind of guy. I like to preach sermon series and I like to listen and learn from a series. I don’t normally function well in the vacuum of “what am I going to preach on this coming Sunday?” I know that there are many pastor’s out there who never or seldom preach a series, they prefer to “go to the mountain” to get the week’s message. I’ve heard a few of them preach and they are sometimes incredible, and other times less so — just like series preachers. When I’m in the middle of a series I don’t have to “go to the mountain” but that doesn’t mean that I’m not praying through the week. I suppose one argument in favor of not doing a series is that it forces you to listen hard for what God might want to say. My problem however, is that it doesn’t tend to build my faith – but rather tears it up. When It’s Wednesday and I don’t know what I’m going to preach next, I fret. You know what I mean. Give me a series and I can settle into a routine of preaching that enables me to stretch my mind and focus my thoughts. I think I reap the benefit of not worrying Monday through Thursday about what I’m going to preach only to get hit with inspiration on Friday. But when I’m in a series I know what I’m supposed to preach next Sunday on that Monday. Thus I’m able to study when the opportunities arise, and I’m able to focus my study for a more effective sermon (I think). So recapping where I’ve been this summer:

  • I finished a long series on Spiritual Warfare.
  • I spent several weeks on “Five Functions of a faithful Family.”
  • I ‘ve done a few other sermons that I’ve been wanting to get to.

And now I find myself with a choice. I’m eager to do a book study again – Verse by verse through 1 Timothy. But I also wanted to do a series on the Creeds of the Church and another on Ancient Heresies (and how they still matter today). So where to? Additionally I’ve got to consider that Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching – and I dislike interrupting a series. So here it is Wednesday and I’ve made my decision: I’m heading into the Pastoral Epistle of 1 Timothy. I’ve anticipated this one for a long time. I’m excited. I haven’t done a morning book study since Romans which took me over three years. (I still love Romans, and plan on posting that series when I get a chance.) I may start this week, but more than likely next week. Why? Because I still have a few other special interest messages I want to deliver. I want a few messages that are focused on nothing but loving God and worshipping him. I want a few that will help people to just plain live better on Monday. And then I’ll launch into 1 Timothy. I for one can’t wait.