This is just me sitting in my virtual coffee house throwing out random thoughts as I do research/prayer/thinking about this Sunday's sermon:
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
Working Title: The Ten Things They Don't Teach You in Seminary
I am preparing this sermon as my 'candidating' sermon which is a big word meaning: they vote on whether or not they want me as their next pastor. No pressure.
- Water was first. (Gn)
- Our God is a strong God. Our God is a powerful God. Our God is a DANGEROUS God. (Ps)
- I am now totally weirded out because a commentary I just read, written in the past year, totally echoed what I preached on Psalm 29 in 2003. So if I use excerpts from that sermon again do I have to prove I wrote it first?
- Do I incorporate Will's baptism? Renewal of everyone's vows? Jesus?
- How much Book of Order is too much for a sermon? I'm guessing it doesn't take much.
- With 10 things I think at least 5 need to be quick hit funnies... maybe even 7 sprinkled throughout.
- The serious ones: Professing our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior often bears repeating, childhood Christian nurture counts, there are uncomfortable ramifications to inviting God's spirit to invade our lives, Don't downsize God just to make God easier to handle, focus on God, enjoy the highs of our faith because ordinary time is always just around the corner, we are beloved children of God...
Focus (what the sermon aims to say): Vote for me.
Function (what the sermon aims to do): Get people to vote for me. :)
Actually, probably more like:
Focus: The waters of baptism are not a tepid bath but rather a powerful flood.
Function: Encourage folks to dive into who it is God is calling them as individuals and as the church to be... and of course, vote for me.