Preaching Series

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  1. grace_proclaimed

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    When you preach a series, how do you determine what you will take for a topic?
    I prefer to go through a book verse by verse yet, I feel there is a need for some topical preaching that may address needs that must be addressed. However, how would one determine what those needs are? I find that my ability to read the church isn't infallible. Sometimes what I think is needed isn't so very necessary, if you know what I mean?
    I'd like input on this as covers the whole spectrum of even determining what book you shall expound upon next.
    How's that for a broad topic? :D
     
  2. Dr. Bob

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    I preach expositionally, never more than a couple of verses. The context and diagrammed structure of the verses form the "topic" and usually the outline and support.
    I simply don't deal with it, except for special services (like a 4-week series at Advent). I have found over 33+ years in ministry that I see perceived needs and never read things right. By simply preaching through an entire book, I find all the "topics" are covered.
    That is the most subjective of all. I find that this comes from my reading and study and personal devotions. As God speaks to me and hits some major points, I am led to select the next portion of Scripture to exposit.

    Also try to find variety - that is, if I've preached 3 years through Gospel of Matthew in Sunday a.m., I would consider OT or Epistles for the next series - since it will cover other topics that weren't in the Gospel. I usually work to vary SS/AM/PM so they don't overlap topics. Good challenge, but the Bible is so rich . . .
     
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    I usually work to vary SS/AM/PM so they don't overlap topics. Good challenge, but the Bible is so rich . . .

    Good advise from the good Doctor, I agree.
    Murph
     
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    A lot of it for me depends on what I have recently come in contact with. I might come across something in reading that spurs my interest. In the last year I have preached through 1 John on Sunday mornings (35 or 36 messages I think -- it started in 2001), preached a series on Gen 1-11 entitled "How Things Got the Way They Are" (about 15 or so messages I think), then a series on Rev 1-3 entitled "What Kind of Church Does God Want?" (11 messages).

    I like to preach a couple of verses at a time though the Genesis series was larger passages. I hate topical messages or series. They are much harder to prepare for me. I like to sit down and dig in a text.

    Right now, I am preaching a series on our mission statement and am spending a few weeks on the glory of God in the church. Last week and this week is Ephesians 1:3-8 and 9-14 on The Glory of God in the Gospel of Grace.

    Lately, Sunday nights have been devoted to a topic related to Sunday morning. It is great because my mind has been thinking on it anyway, the people's minds are prepared for it because of hte morning message, and it means I don't have to shoehorn everything into the morning message. For instance, this week, I preached about the spiritual blessings of election, predestination to adoption, and redemption. Sunday evening, I did a topical study on why we believe in election.

    One of the best series I ever did (in terms of response) was a series from Proverbs that was basically topical. Addressing life situations from Proverbs. I preached on "Women, Wives, and Mothers -- In that order" for mother's day and "Men, Husbands, and Fathers" for Father's Day. I preached on emotions (both up and down), work, industry, and initiative; children and parents; money; etc. It was about 12-13 weeks as I recall. The people loved it. I may develop a second series on that. They were hard to prepare however.

    Wednesdays are normally devoted to the memory verse for the week. This quarter is a verse by verse class on Colossians and all of our memory verses for the quarter are from Colossians. The classes will probably go longer than the quarter since in 3 weeks I have covered eight verses.

    How's that for a broad answer? :D
     
  5. grace_proclaimed

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    Well, well! We all aren't extremely different then, are we?
    I approach things much the same way. For variety (and since 30 months is a short time for people unacustomed to expository preaching to get used to it EVERY Sunday) I break off and preach topically for a few weeks. It seems to help the interest when I return to the exposition. I hope this pattern can change eventually, though.
    Thanks for the input. It is of much help!
    JLS
     
  6. TomVols

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    Hmmm...let me give you my schedule and see if it helps.
    I preached a 10 week series on worship, followed by an Advent series. My Sun AM in January is "Starting the New Year Right" with assorted messages. Sun PM I'm doing a brief series on the church. On Wed I'm doing studies of Women in the Old Testament that will last about four months. I'll soon be preaching through 1 Corinthians on Sun A.M. In the summer I'm heading for a brief overview of systematic theology based on "Know the Truth" by Bruce Milne, a 13 week series on sharing the gospel. In the fall, I'll be preaching through Ephesians and Nehemiah.

    I prefer to go book-by-book, but there are times you have to do other types of series. I suggest "Planning Your Preaching" by Stephen Rummage (Kregel).
     
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    Whew! I lost my breath just reading your post! :D
     

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