I find myself at one of those challenging moments of pastoral ministry – what to preach next. So far in my short tenure as pastor-teacher I have taught through John, James and the Prayers of Paul. Along the way there were some topical sermons, but not many. I overwhelming prefer to preach through a book as every topical sermon I’ve prepared is haunted by the question, “What am I NOT saying that I should be?”
In these preaching endeavors there was some connection between the books that aided the choice. John to James: believing faith to a living faith; James to Paul: pray for one another to how Paul prayed for other believers. I am burdened to preach from the O.T. but this is by far the weakest area in my toolbox. Narrative preaching is challenging for me.
So I would like this thread to be an open forum. How do those here who preach choose their next text? For those who read ET and are not regular teachers in their church, what input would you give your pastor on this subject, if he asked you?
Extra Credit: Since I’ve opened up a rather large topic here I thing it’s appropriate, especially during this season, to ask the same questions related to holiday specific messages. Do you preach thematic messages around the holidays and if so, how do you you avoid potential monotony?
I trust the interaction will be profitable for all.