Happy Sunday April 19TH 2020 ! This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. And let us continue this praise, this worship, this celebration of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ – right where we are – in our own homes.
This is the 5TH Sunday in a row in which my church family will not be meeting corporately at our building for our weekly celebration of Christ. Our Worship Pastor taped a sermon and placed it on Facebook on our 1ST Sunday away from each other, and our Lead Pastor did the same for the next 3 sermons after that. I’m looking forward to the next one online, as they have all been relevant and powerful – giving glory to God.
Here at #CountUp I preached a full sermon in blog form in 4 parts over the past 4 Sundays. I broke my own rule of “3 minutes or less”. That is – each one of my blog posts can be read in 3 minutes or less – except for my 4-part sermon. Each part was closer to a 5-minute-read. I knew I wanted it to culminate on Easter Sunday, so that gave me 4 Sundays to do so. I actually thought about breaking it up into 5 shorter parts and then presenting the extra part on a Thursday – perhaps Holy Thursday / Maundy Thursday – but I didn’t need to do so. While it may have taken you about 20 minutes to read it all it would have taken me over 45 minutes to preach it all from the pulpit in front of my church family. At 13 Microsoft Word pages it’s actually my longest sermon ever written.
It was even longer than that. I removed an entire section on Satan and hell. That got spun-off into its very own sermon (which I’m currently writing). I’m making pretty good progress so far. I’ve already got about 10 minutes of pulpit-preaching material. Incidentally my goal is to keep my sermons at about 35 to 40 minutes. I’ve been known to be “long-winded” in the past, so I’m learning how to shorten my sermons to my church family.
My 4-part sermon – “Faces & Heels” – was substantially enhanced from its original form – written in 2017. It was the 11TH sermon that I wrote since 2016 (when I started preaching). It sat idle since then. My new sermon – “Satan & Hell” – is my 35TH sermon.
As for future sermons here at #CountUp – I may do it again sometime soon.
Preach the Word of God. Be prepared – whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2 NLT)
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