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Getting Ready for Sunday offers both sermon series and individual sermons. A list of current offerings is listed below. To place an order, please go to the Getting Ready for Sunday online store.

Although each sermon series is a cohesive unit, individual sermons within the series can stand alone and may be ordered separately. For example, you might not want the entire Sermon on the Mount series, but you may be interested in purchasing one or more individual sermons from that series.

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Illness Through the Eyes of Faith

Pastors and church members spend a lot of time praying for the sick, visiting the sick, and sometimes burying the sick. Every Christian suffers occasional illness, and we all have loved ones who experience illness. Therefore, it would be helpful for congregations to spend some time thinking theologically about illness and faith. This new sermon series, “Illness Through the Eyes of Faith,” can help in that process. It revolves around three primary questions. First, does God heal people, and if so, how? Second, what happens when healing does not occur? And finally, what can we learn from illness? 

Luke 5:14
Matthew 10:1
Philippians 2:27, 3:20-21, 4:13, 4:19-20
James 5: 14-16, 1:2-4
Romans 5:3-5
2 Cor. 12:8
Job 23:10

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  • Part One: God’s Healing Grace: The Ability to Recover
  • Part Two: God’s Sustaining Grace: The Strength to Cope
  • Part Three: God’s Refining Grace: The Opportunity to Grow

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Preaching On Evangelism Without Turning Off Your Congregation

Matthew 28:16-20
Luke 15:1-7
Luke 14:16-23

Many Christians, especially in mainline churches, are afraid of and turned off by evangelism. However, reaching people for Christ and church is at the heart of the Gospel. This collection of sermons will help you effectively communicate the need to invite and welcome others to Christ’s church, and how to do so in a natural way.

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1. Evangelism with Integrity
2. Becoming an Inviting and Welcoming Church
3. Our Other Constituency

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Questions Thinking Christians Ask

Psalm 13, Mark 9; 17-18, 21-24
Acts 10:1-5, 34-35
Genesis 1:1-5, 26-27, 31
Isaiah 40:28-31 and other selected passages
Matthew 24:36-39, 44
John 13:34-35, 15:9-12

This series explores six important questions that thinking Christians in the 21st century often grapple with. Some of the content of this series comes from Martin's book, What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? A Guide to What Matters Most.

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1. Can Good Christians Have Doubts?
2. What About Other Religions?
3. Can Christians Believe in Evolution?
4. Why Does God Allow Suffering?
5. Is the "Rapture" Real?
6. Where Does the Church Stand on Homosexuality?

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God Questions: Jesus' Answers to Seven Big Questions
(Especially helpful for Lent through Easter)

Matthew 16:13-18
John 8:1-11, Matthew 9:9-13
John 1:14, Matthew 25:37-40
Mark 12:28-34
Proverbs 11:25, John 13:1-17
Matthew 27:27-31, 41-46
Matthew 28:1-7

This series explores seven significant questions that people ask about God and about the meaning of their lives, and answers those questions from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Although this series can be preached at any time of the year, it's especially well-suited for the seven Sundays of Lent through Easter.
Much of the content of this series comes from Martin's book, What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? A Guide to What Matters Most.

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1. Who is Jesus?
2. Am I Accepted?
3. Where is God?
4. What Matters Most?
5. What Brings Fulfillment?
6. What About Suffering?
7. Is There Hope?

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When Life is Unfair: The Story of Job

Job 1:13-21, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Job 10:18, 16-17
Job 3:1, 11-26
Job 19:25-26
Job 3:11-4:1
Job 29:7-20
Job 42:10-17

This seven week series explores significant themes from the book of Job. (One of the sermons is a free bonus message.)

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1. Job's Strength
2. Job's Faith
3. Job's Question
4. Job's Pain
5. Job's Friends
6. Job's Flaw
7. Job's Recovery

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The Rhythm of Life

1 Samuel 15:1, 6-13
1 Samuel 17:32-40
Psalm 51
1 Chronicles 29:10-13, 26-28

This four week series explores the challenge we can expect during the four major stages of life: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senior adulthood. The messages are based on episodes from the life of David. King David is a good source for this theme, because the Bible covers events from his entire life. The idea for this series and much of the content comes from a little book written decades ago by John Claypool called Stages, and I want to fully acknowledge and credit his work.

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1. The Challenges of Childhood
2. The Challenges of Adolescence
3. The Challenges of Adulthood
4. The Challenges of Senior Adulthood

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A Journey Through the Lord's Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13; Galatians 4:4-7; Psalm 147; Mark 1:14-15, Matt 13:31-33; Matthew 26:36-44; Luke 12:13-21; Luke 15:11-24; Matthew 6:14-15, Ephesians 4:32; Joshua 24:1, 14-18; Psalm 23

This ten-week series will walk your congregation through the phrases of the Lord’s Prayer. Although the primary text is the Lord’s Prayer, each sermon also includes a secondary text.

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The following phrases are covered during this series. However, some of the phrases could be combined for a shorter series, if so desired.

  • “Our”
  • “Father who art in heaven”
  • “Hallowed be thy name … for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
  • “Thy kingdom come”
  • “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
  • “Give us this day our daily bread”
  • “And forgive us our trespasses”
  • “As we forgive those who trespass against us”
  • "And lead us not into temptation”
  • "But deliver us from evil”

Note: Although this series contains ten sermons, one of the sermons has an extended reading from a Philip Yancey book, one is a fairly short message for a Communion Sunday, and some of the examples are unique to my own congregation. Therefore, we are only charging for eight sermons on this series instead of ten.

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Core Practices of Healthy Churches

Luke 14:16-23, Isaiah 6:1-8, Selected Passages, Matthew 25:34-40,
& Luke 21:1-4

This five-week series focuses on the core practices of healthy churches—hospitality, worship, groups, service, and generosity.

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  1. Hospitality
  2. Worship
  3. Groups
  4. Service
  5. Generosity

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Saying Goodbye - Acts 14:8-23; Philippians 1:1-11

A two-week series for your final two Sundays before leaving a congregation.

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  1. Four things You Need to Know About Your New Pastor (Acts 14:8-23)
  2. The Church In My Heart (Philippians 1:1-11)

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More Than a Motto (Selected Passages)

Primarily for United Methodists, this four-week series reviews the UMC motto of "Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors."

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  1. Series Introduction
  2. Open Hearts
  3. Open Minds
  4. Open Doors

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Dead Man Walking: How a Burned-Out Prophet Came Back to Life (1 Kings 19)

This series tells the story of the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19. In today's stressful world, most people can relate to Elijah sitting in the wilderness, stressed out and burned out, ready to throw in the towel. Thankfully, Elijah recovered. If you follow the 1 Kings 19 story carefully, you see at least six steps in Elijah's journey toward wholeness.

Introduction to Series (for free copy click here)

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  1. Elijah Took Some Time Off (1 Kings 19: 3-4, 8)
  2. Elijah Took Care of His Body (1 Kings 19: 5-8).
  3. Elijah Found Strength from God (1 Kings 19: 9, 11).
  4. Elijah Got Help from Others 1 Kings 19: 16, 21).
  5. Elijah Adjusted His Attitude (1 Kings 19: 14, 18).
  6. Elijah Returned to Service (1 Kings 19: 15, 19).

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Jesus on Life, Part 1 (Sermon on the Mount)

Preaching through the Sermon on the Mount was one of the most exhilarating preaching experiences of my life. It was also well received by our congregation. People want to know what Jesus teaches about real life issues. In this section of the Bible, Jesus deals with crucial topics like success, money, anger, sex, peacemaking, marriage, divorce, anxiety, judging, and other important subjects.

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  1. Taking Time to Pause (Matt. 4:23-5:2)
  2. Redefining Success (Matt. 5:3-12)
  3. How to Share Your Faith Without Turning People Off (Matt. 5:13-16)
  4. When Religion Goes Bad (Matt. 5:17-20)
  5. Is it Bad to Get Mad? (Matt. 5:21-26)
  6. Adultery, Lust, and the Problem with Pornography (Matt. 5:27-30)
  7. "Till Death Do We Part?" (Matt. 5:31-32; 19:3-9)

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Jesus on Life, Part 2 (Sermon on the Mount)

Preaching through the Sermon on the Mount was one of the most exhilarating preaching experiences of my life. It was also well received by our congregation. People want to know what Jesus teaches about real life issues. In this section of the Bible, Jesus deals with crucial topics like success, money, anger, sex, peacemaking, marriage, divorce, anxiety, judging, and other important subjects.

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  1. People of Integrity (Matt. 5:33-37)
  2. Clint Eastwood Versus Jesus Christ (Matt. 5:38-48)
  3. Who is Your Audience? (Matt. 6:1-6, 16-18)
  4. Jesus and Wall Street (Matt. 6:19-24)
  5. Don't Worry Be Happy? (Matt. 6:25-34)
  6. Jesus on Judging (Matt. 7:1-6)
  7. Taking Faith Seriously (Matt. 7:13-29)

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God's Lessons from the Great Recession

I once preached a four-week sermon series on Christian finances called God Lessons from the Great Recession. Although the series title played off the current recession, the content would work any time, even in economic boom times. This series profoundly impacted our stewardship campaign. In spite of a terrible recession, more people pledged more money than ever before in the history of our church.

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  1. Don't be a Financial Fool (Luke 12:13-21)
  2. Follow God's Financial Plan (selected texts)
  3. Cultivate a Life of Contentment (Phil. 4:10-13)
  4. Live a Life of Generosity (Pro. 11:24-25; Acts 20:35)

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A Cynic's Search for the Secrets of Life (Ecclesiastes)

In spite of his negativity and pessimism, the writer of Ecclesiastes offers his readers several life-giving lessons. This month-long series reviews several wrong paths to a good life, reminds us to prioritize our relationships, encourages us to live fully in the present moment, and concludes by telling us to affirm faith in God.

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  1. Avoid the Wrong Paths (Ecc. 2:1-11)
  2. Prioritize Relationships (Ecc. 4:7-12)
  3. Live Fully in the Present Moment (Ecc. 9:3-10)
  4. Remember Your Creator (Ecc. 12:1-7, 13)

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Lessons from a Labor Dispute (Matt. 20:1-16)

Several years ago I taught a Bible study on the parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20). A hardworking farmer said, "This sounds like communism." Americans don't like this parable of Jesus. It goes against our work ethic. But don't worry. Jesus is not promoting communism. Jesus is just telling a story. And while it's a strange story, it's also a powerful story. In this brief, two-week series, you have the opportunity to lift up two major biblical themes: generosity and gratitude.

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  1. Be Generous
  2. Be Grateful

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An Advent and Christmas Series: "Getting Ready for Christmas"

This series contains a collection of four Advent and Christmas messages, plus a Christmas Eve devotional.

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  1. Are You Ready for Christmas? (Luke 3:2-11)
  2. Advent Economics (Luke 3:2-18)
  3. The Rest of the Christmas Story (Matthew 2:13-23)
  4. Christmas Flesh (John 1:1-5, 14)
  5. A Christmas Eve Devotional, Christmas Truce
    (Luke 2:8-14)

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God With Us (Christmas Collection)

Luke 1:13, 1:30, 2:10, Matthew 1:18-23
Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 25:31-40
Matthew 1:22-23, 11:2-6

This selection of Christmas sermons includes three messages. The first is designed for the Sunday before Christmas and focuses on the message, “Do not be afraid.” The second, an adaptation of a Leo Tolstoy Christmas story, is a devotional for Christmas Eve, and reminds us that when we welcome others with compassion, we welcome Christ. The third is for the Sunday after Christmas, and focuses on our disappointment when our Christmas expectations are not met

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  1. Christmas Fear
  2. A Christmas Dream
  3. Disappointed with Christmas

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Stand Alone Sermons (not part of a series)

  • Are We Having Easter This Year?
    A story-based sermon on the theme of Easter hope. Matthew 28:1-10
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  • The Benefit of the Doubt
    Important lessons from Thomas on dealing with doubt. John 20:19-29
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  • (Easter) But Some Doubted (Matthew 28: 16-20)
    — All four Gospels record doubts about the resurrection. This sermon acknowledges that doubt is part of faith, and offers guidance on how to deal with and eventually overcome religious doubt.
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  • Today's Empty Tombs (Luke 24:1-6a)
    — An Easter sermon affirming that God continues to bring life out of death even today.
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  • The Crucified God (Mark 15:16-20)
    — The Christian God is a "crucified God" who fully enters human suffering.
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  • All Saints Day Devotional: The Other Side of the River
    A beautiful metaphor of crossing the river of death to the other side of eternal life. Revelation 21:1-7
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  • What Do You Expect?
    —God offers us God's presence and strength throughout our lives, but it comes in three very different forms. Isaiah 40:1-2, 28-31
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  • Move Forward
    —Immobilized by fear, the Red Sea on one side of them and the approaching Egyptian army on the other, God tells the people of Israel to "move forward." Exodus 14:5-16.
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  • God's Advice to Restless People
    —In their restlessness to return home, God tells the people of Israel that true contentment will only come by making the most of Babylon. Psalm 137:1-4, Jeremiah 29:1, 2-7.
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  • An Ash Wednesday and Good Friday Devotional
    — "To Dust We Shall Return" and "Were You There?"
    2 brief homilies for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday for the price of one sermon. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 19-20; selected passages from Mark and Luke.

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  • What's the Point? (Mark 12:28-35)
    — Reminds your congregation that relationships—with God and others—matters most. The sermon is based on the Great Commandment as recorded in Mark 12:28-35.
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  • Known By His Gratitude (Luke 24)
    — Challenges your congregation to be people of gratitude. It is based on the Road to Emmaus story in Luke 24.
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  • God and the Gulf (Hos. 4:1-3, 6:1) A response to the Gulf Coast environmental disaster through the words of the prophet Hosea. "The land mourns....and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying." Can easily be adapted as a general sermon on earth care.
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  • When the Seagull Does Not Come (Hab. 1:1-4; 2:1-4; 3:17-19)When life falls apart, the "just (still) live by faith."
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  • To Dream Again (Prov. 29:18 KJV)For pastors starting up a new pastorate, or for pastors who want to lead their church toward a new dream.
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  • More Than a List (Rom. 16:1-16)A multiple-story sermon affirming the centrality of relationships.
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  • He Took a Towel (John 13:11-15) A dramatic monologue sermon from John 13 where "John" tells the story of Jesus washing the disciples' feet.
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  • The Best Way to Serve God (Matt. 25:31-46) Through the use of numerous stories, this sermon illustrates the best way to serve God is to serve others.
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  • If This is Not a Place? (Ps. 42) The Christian faith and church is a place where people can be real.
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  • Leaving Eden (Gen. 3:21-24; Co.l 3:12-14; Eph. 4:2)A sermon on surviving and thriving in a marriage relationship after leaving "Eden."
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  • Choosing Gratitude (1 Thess. 5:18) — A Thanksgiving sermon on choosing gratitude for the good rather than resentment for bad.
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  • Why Work (Labor Day) (2 Thess. 3:6-13)A biblical affirmation of work, especially appropriate for Labor Day weekend.
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  • A Package from Home (Communion) (1 Cor. 11:23-26; Matt. 26:17-19, 26-30) A sermon comparing Holy Communion to receiving a package from home, especially appropriate for World Communion Sunday.
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  • Do You Want to Get Well? (John 5:1-9a)
    "Do you want to get well—enough to do anything about it?"
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  • Holy Hospitality (Lev. 19:34; Matt. 25:34-35; Heb. 13:2; Rom. 12:13; 16:16) God expects every church to be a welcoming congregation.
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