Pastor David’s Current Reading
am eager to preach the gospel to you”
Every November, I carve out
some time to focus in on creating a preaching calendar for the coming New Year.
I will soon again be establishing a Bible Menu to 52 weeks of feasting on God’s
word (Deuteronomy 8:3). A balanced diet is important for healthy growth in
God’s kingdom. The Bible contains seven genres or “meal categories” (spiritual
food groups). (1) Narrative (History), (2) Poetry & Lyrics (for worship and
lament), (3) Wisdom (for moral, ethical living), (4) Prophecy (for direction,
correction and warning), (5) Gospels (the good news of Jesus and our
salvation), (6) Epistles (Letters teaching faith and doctrine), and (7)
Apocalypse (urgent, symbolic appeals related to the completion of God’s work
inhuman history). As with any real human diet, all seven biblical food groups
are essential to forming a healthy and sustained faith with a balanced diet of
For five-and-a-half years, I
have been feeding you from this master menu. Here is where we have traveled so
Books of the Bible: I
have taken us through Ephesians, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Philippians, James, 1
Corinthians, Mark, Haggai, and Revelation.
I have much more taken us
through a journey of thematic series on discipleship topics or dynamics and
challenges in living the Christian faith. While I don’t have space and time to
list all the scriptures and messages of each series, here is the list of the
big-idea focus series we have been through together.
Topical Series: God
Callings (saying yes to God’s leading); Salvaged (living a restored life); Body
Language (in our worship); Living our Legacy (125th Anniversary
series); Daring Faith (living a bold, courageous life); Famous Last words (speaking life, not
death); Outward Bound (faith sharing); Culture Shock (being Christian in a
post-Christian culture); Step Up! (personal discipleship responsibility);
Breaking Free (the seven deadly sins); Enough (the habits of generosity);
Arrivals (how Jesus comes to us).
We have also focused in on,
“Blessed to be a Blessing” (famous OT heroes of the faith); Good to Great (what
the Bible describes as a “great” life); Christian (The Beatitudes); Simply
Jesus (a very different Rabbi); Radical (dynamics of rooted faithfulness); Life
in the Spirit (drawing close to the Holy Spirit); Unexpected Gifts (the
surprise gifts of Christmas); Uniting the Divide (2 Chronicles 7:14); Google It
(Top 12 American Searches); Songs in the Key of Life (Hymns and worship Songs);
Hope is Here (National Back-to-church Sunday series); Living the Purposed Life
(Purpose-Driven outline); and As Life Happens (Advent 2021).
Other themes have included,
“Judgement: Good Guys, Bad Guys, Us Guys;” “X Marks the Spot;” “Love is more
than a feeling;” “Moving Words;” “Science and Faith;” “The Ten Commandments;”
“Just like Jesus;” “24 Hours;” “Names of God;” “The Road Less Traveled;” and
“Deep Calls to Deep.” 234 messages will take us to the end of this year! Few!
That’s a lot to eat!
Nevertheless, one meal at a
time each week. Once again, I will be planning a 2022-preaching calendar soon.
It will be our biblical, dietary menu for feasting on God’s word on Sunday
mornings. After reading this article, I am asking that you will pause and pray
that the Holy Spirit will speak to me as to what “meals” should be served up
this next year.
You may even feel nudged by
the Holy Spirit to suggest a focus topic or two that would be timely for our
congregation. Please feel free to send me an email (email@example.com). I
make no promises but am genuinely open to suggestions. More importantly, I
would love to know why you think that your preaching idea might be a good thing
for our church family next year.
It is my great delight,
burden, joy and weekly struggle to bring you fresh, heaven-sent food (manna)
that will feed and grow our flock. I love to preach and God is a faithful
Master Chef! Please know that a weekly restaurant outing to have a good meal is
not a sustaining or healthy diet. To live well (spiritually), one must eat daily
and relish in these words of life.
“When your words came, I ate
them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God
almighty” (Jeremiah 15:16 NIV).
Pastor David ☺