October 2020 Sermon Themes A MINI OCTOBER OMNIBUS
October begins with the second and third part of a three-part series (the first message of the series was on September 27). Originally a two-parter, it’s become three messages on the lack of faith development and discipleship. Then comes Laity Sunday when our Lay Leader will preach. And we end the month with a message meant to prepare us to vote on the November 3 election.
October 04: “Does Jesus Have Permission? Do We Have Passion?” [Lack of a Surrendered Faith] (Acts 9:1-9; Revelation 3:14-22) Jesus is supposed to be Lord, but in your life, is He? Is our faith trusting enough to obey Him, and do or not do whatever He commands or forbids? Two ways to evaluate whether or not we have—or lack—a surrendered faith is to ask ourselves the two questions in the sermon title.
October 11: “Authentically Christian—But Not Consistently” [Lack of an Integrated Faith] (Isaiah 29:13-16; Matthew 23:25-28) A full and mature faith is not only genuine and authentic, it’s also consistent and integrated. It’s part of the growing out of the hypocrisy of our lives and into the holiness of the Lord’s transforming grace. Where are you in this journey of faith?
October 18—LAITY SUNDAY [Karen Trovinger preaching]: “Our Holding Force” (Colossians 2:6-10; 3:1-4; Ephesians 6:10-17) We are held together by the Cross, kept in a holding pattern both physically and spiritually until the Lord gives us our eternal new bodies. It is in surrendering to the power of the Cross that we are held firmly in place…by His love.
October 25: “Pray First, Then Vote” (2 Chronicles 7:14; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-4) The upcoming election could prove to be one of the most conflicted and disputed ever. But what’s NOT in dispute is that JESUS is Lord, and to Him we are to surrender all. Jesus was able to do the impossible and horribly difficult because of prayer, and it’s only as we first pray, then vote, then pray again that we can experience God’s blessing on our nation.
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