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