Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors: Volume 1

Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors: Volume 1

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Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors: Volume 1 is the first book in our series and the one that started it all. There are 52 sermons included, one for every Sunday of the year.

Every sermon outline is a complete outline. The outlines are an exact copy of what I take into the pulpit. I like to have more than just the sermon points with me when I preach. I much rather have too much information than too little. So I use these outlines as my sermon notes. For those time when I might veer a bit off topic, these outlines are detailed enough to quickly get me back on track.

I created Volume 1, and the entire Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors series, for normal, regular pastors. Pastors who may be the only staff member. Pastors who are serving in a bi-vocational role. Of course, I think any pastor, in any position, will find them extremely helpful.

These outlines can serve as a way of jumpstarting your sermon preparation. They can give you ideas that you can take and more fully develop yourself.

They are also instantly preachable. With very little editing you will have a sermon to preach this Sunday. When your week has been chaotic, which for many of us is the norm, these outlines can ease your anxiety of trying to get something together for Sunday.

For a bit of an overview of all my sermon outlines, you can look at the “Overview” page for a little more detail.

Volume 1 has sermon outlines from both the Old and New Testaments. There are outlines for New Year’s, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. And all outlines are applicable for any Sunday.

I’ve also included outlines for a complete five-week sermon series. The title of the series is “Turning the World Upside Down,” and is built upon Acts 17. In that chapter, Paul and Silas are referred to as “men who turned the world upside down.” I explore that idea and wonder out loud, “What if the people in our area said that about us? About our church?” Then I build each sermon upon four questions I see raised from that passage.

Down below, you can find the title and scripture reference for each of the 52 sermons. I’ve also included a short summary for each outline.

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Volume 1 Titles and Scripture References

 TitleReferenceSummary
1You’ve Been Here Long EnoughDeut. 2:1-7A New Year's message on moving forward with the Lord.
2He is GodMark 14:55-65The high preist asked Jesus if He was the Messiah. What does Jesus' answer mean for us?
3World HistoryGen. 1:15 critical events in world history we must know.
4Meeting the ChallengeRom. 10:13-17In Romans 10, we find the challenge facing the church today.
5The Way It Really IsIsa. 6:1-9The Bible gives us the truth about God and ourselves. How do we respond?
6Why?John 9:1-5Why do tragedies happen in our lives and the lives of others?
7Lessons from EphesusEph. 1:1-3What can today's church learn from the history of the Ephesian church?
8Stairway to HeavenGen. 28:10-19How is Jacob's dream related to Jesus?
9What is Your Definition of Success?Luke 12:13-21The rich man had his definition of success. What is the true definition of success?
10Real Faith1 Sam. 13:23-14:14Jonathan gave us a real-life example of true faith.
11He’s Still JesusMatt. 11:1-6John the Baptist, while in prison, seemed confused about Jesus. Is Jesus really who He says He is?
12Jesus - Our ReconcilliationRom. 5:6-11How has Jesus reconciled us to God?
13What If There Had Been No Resurrection?1 Cor. 15:1-20The implications of no resurrection. Why is the resurrection so important to Christianity?
14The Lord’s SupperLuke 22:14-20Why do we have communion? What does the Lord's Supper mean?
15Commitment RequirementsMatt. 26:36-46What can we learn about commitment from Jesus' night in the Garden of Gethsemane?
16Law and GraceJohn 8:2-12See the difference between law and grace in the story of the woman caught in adultery.
17Your BiographyJames 4:14Writing your biography through the eyes of James 4:14.
18Be Single-MindedMatt. 6:19-24What is your focus in life? Jesus redefines life-focus.
19Come Back to GodHos. 11:1-11Call Christians back into an intimate relationship with God.
20The Influence of Mothers2 Tim 1:1-6A Biblical example of how mothers can influence their children's life in a godly way.
21The Message of JesusMark 1:14-15What was the primary message Jesus preached?
22The Rule of the Temporary and the EternalPhil. 4:4A perspective on this life versus the one to come.
23Be EncouragedRom. 8:31-39An encouraging message for those who are discouraged.
24Skeletons in the ClosetMatt. 1:1-17God can use any person who gives themselves to Him.
25Men on FireDan. 3:1-30A Father's Day message to give men hope today.
26JudasLuke 6:12-16A biblical profile of Judas and see what we can learn about his life, and death.
27ForgivenessMatthew 18:21-22A deep dive into forgiveness.
28Repentance Toward Revival2 Sam. 11:1-5Revival orginates in the heart of God and the repentance of His people.
29Revival Conditions2 Chron. 7:13-15God's conditions for true revival.
30A Revival for God’s Army1 Sam 17:4-11Preparing the church for true revival.
31The Work RequiredJohn 6:28-29What work does Jesus require for salvation?
32Five Steps to Spiritual MaturityHeb. 5:11-6:3Steps for becoming a spiritually mature Christian.
33A New Creation2 Cor. 5:16-17The change God brings to those who trust in Jesus.
34Where Are You Going?Gal. 1:13-17What is God's purpose for your life?
35Holy GroundEx. 3:1-6How should we properly approach the God of all creation?
36What Will You Do with Jesus?Matt. 27:11-22Examples of how different Biblical characters reacted to Jesus and who He said He was.
37Walk of FaithJohn 4:46-54Walking by faith in Jesus Christ.
38Grace2 Sam. 9:1-13A Biblical example of God's grace for all of us.
39Directions2 Kings 5:1-15Are you getting good or bad directions in life?
40Community Callings1 Thes. 5:14Several ways we can minister to one another in the community of believers, the Church of Jesus Christ.
41Tried and True Faith1 Pet. 1:6-7God has a purpose in every one of our sufferings.
42What Are You Doing Here?1 Kings 19:1-16A lesson from the life of Elijah.
43ThanksgivingPsalm 103:1-5A Thanksgiving message focusing on the reasons for giving God thanks.
44Reminders1 Cor. 1:1-9Paul reminds the church at Corinth who they are.
45Time to RejoicePhil. 4:4A look at rejoicing and a reminder of what this Christian life is all about.
46A Church God Can UseCol. 1:1-14The signs of a church that God can use.
47He Was Born to Be1 John 1:1-3A Christmas sermon about who the baby Jesus was born to be.
48Turning the World Upside DownActs 17:1-6Paul and Silas were known as men who turned the world upside down. Can we be known for the same?
49Turning the World Upside Down - Question 1Acts 17:6The first question we need to ask ourselves if we want to turn the world upside down.
50Turning the World Upside Down - Question 2Acts 17:6The second question we need to ask ourselves if we want to turn the world upside down.
51Turning the World Upside Down - Question 3Acts 17:6The third question we need to ask ourselves if we want to turn the world upside down.
52Turning the World Upside Down - Question 4Acts 17:6The fourth question we need to ask ourselves if we want to turn the world upside down.
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