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Following Jesus in a Jacked Up Church

January 29, 2010

That’s the stolen borrowed title (thanks Journey Church, Stl) for the sermon series we’re preaching through 1 Corinthians for eighteen weeks starting next Sunday.  I half-jokingly tweeted yesterday that I predicted at least 3 weeks for every person that would be mind-blowing and possibly offensive.  After cementing the series this morning, I am no longer joking and may see if they make preaching helmets.

While ALL of this is subject to change, here are the sermon titles for the 18 wks…

  1. Intro: The scarlet thread
  2. Church: why bother?
  3. The foolish, wise, weak, and strong Cross
  4. Spiritual puberty
  5. Following Jesus under jacked up leaders
  6. Hating your sin, loving sinners
  7. The sex gospel (Fair warning: this week will be PG-13)
  8. When marriage is hard
  9. What to do with singleness
  10. Navigating moral grey-areas
  11. The art of missional living
  12. Men and women: equal but different
  13. The Lord’s Supper: an edible spotlight
  14. Organic church
  15. Spiritual gifts
  16. Gifts that freak people out
  17. The already-but-not-yet kingdom
  18. Vision for the future

Especially with the week on sex, there will be times during this series when you’re tempted to ask “WHY are we talking about this!?”  We’ll be talking about all of these things for the same reason people climb mountains – “because it’s there”.  I’m preaching them because they’re “there” in the Bible and don’t need another reason.

Strap on your helmets…

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2010 2:18 pm

    ok–i may have to commute for this series

  2. Mack permalink
    January 30, 2010 11:37 am

    Here is what I suggest you do to make week #7 & week #9 of your sermon series relevant. I would have EVERY married couple (excluding you and your wife) that attends these sermons to get up front and explain to the congregation exactly how they applied or didn’t apply, as the case may be, your preaching. This may be embarassing for most or even all the married couples, but theory needs to be put into practice and demonstrated. Otherwise, the preaching is nothing more than, “do as I say, but not as I do.”

    • Andrea permalink
      January 30, 2010 10:08 pm

      Mack,
      Man, wish you could join in on one of our small groups. We meet in homes weekly to digest and talk out how we seek to apply scripture (discussed in the sermon) to our daily walk. So I guess what you’re asking will likely happen right there in homes around Spring Hill. Small groups are a great place for accountability and grace. Please join us some time!

  3. josh permalink
    January 30, 2010 11:45 pm

    Mack – I don’t think I totally understand you but I’m with Andrea. If you’re in the Spring Hill area, we’d be honored to have you at a group. I don’t think this is your intention but if you’re frustrated with the teaching layout for 1 Corinthians, I’d be happy to take you out to coffee (on me!) or correspond via email.

    josh@thebridgespringhill.com

  4. Mack permalink
    February 2, 2010 1:50 pm

    Josh,
    No I’m not frustrated with the teaching layout. The point I tried to make above with Week #7 and Week #9 perhaps needs further clarification.

    People (probably most) already know in the back of their minds what they should do. Knowing what to do is not the problem today (although it was a problem some 2000 years ago in the Corinthian church). People have some subconfict about actually doing it. Telling them, again and again, what they should do may be good preaching, but only enhances their sense of guilt, conflict and resentment. It doesn’t help them to do what they know they should do. Therefore, people need examples provided by everyday married couples.

    Second, I strongly suggest you get and read “Quitting Church” by Julia Duin. It is a short read, and Chapter 5 specifically deals with the real life experiences of singles in Christian churches. These experiences are not unique to one church, but are rather common and should be addressed in Week #9 Why? Because churches actually are stumbling blocks for singles.

    • Andrea permalink
      February 3, 2010 4:54 pm

      Looking forward to meeting you in church sometime Mack! I can’t tell whether you’ve been to The Bridge before or not, but it sounds like this would be a great series to attend.

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