I love Reformation! I get all worked up and excited when I can say, in complete confidence, that on my own, in my sin, I deserve nothing but God’s wrath; but in Jesus, I receive nothing but God’s grace. That’s why I love Reformation: Grace Alone, baby! I even wore my red, “Hier stehe ich, ich kann […]
Who knows how long it took for Zechariah’s name to be drawn in the Priest on Duty lottery? I’ve seen some research that suggests this might have been the only time Zechariah ever got to personally go into the Holy Place and perform the sacred rituals to lead God’s people in prayer. And then an […]
Trying something new for the first time is always a little uncomfortable. Sermon structures are no different. The first time you test-drive a shiny new sermon structure, it’s easy to feel like you are slightly out of control. Your natural cadence, your expectations, your anticipation of what your hearers will do next, your flow–all of […]
I forgot how uncomfortable it can be to test-drive a sermon structure you’ve never used before. Before you buckle up and take a new design out for a spin, here are some tips to get you–and your hearers–home safely. 1. Keep Your Goal in Mind I find the best way to use sermon structures effectively […]
Reader’s Guide Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box, The Arbinger Institute (2010) WHAT IT’S ABOUT Leadership and Self-Deception is about getting out of the box. The box, in this case, is our own patterns of making ourselves seem good in our own eyes, pretty much at the expense of everyone else around us. The basic premise […]
Speaking the Truth in Love: How to Be an Assertive Christian, Ruth Koch and Kenneth Haugk Session 7 Before You Meet I. Meditate 3-5 times on Hebrews 12:1-14 this week. Start with prayer for yourself and for others reading the same verse, that the same Spirit that inspired these words would open your heart and mind to them […]
Three months ago–no kidding, just three months ago!–my daughter was facing a difficult decision brought on by circumstances out of her control. (Yes; it was mostly my fault, but that’s a story for a different time.) Going into her Junior year, moving 43 miles away from the school where she had friends, and teammates, and […]
Do you have someone on your rope this Advent? Who will you invite to be on your Team Advent? Who will encourage you and support you and pray for you and process with you, even if you aren’t meeting in an official group at a regularly scheduled time?
We follow Jesus better when we follow him together.
Editor’s Note: This resource supports preachers and congregations in the use of the book 42 Seconds: The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions by Carl Medearis. You can visit the 42 Seconds Resource page at justinrossow.com to see more. The Big Idea Jesus is absolutely unique. And, in the power of the Spirit, you are absolutely like […]
Sermon 2 of 4: Be Present, by Justin Rossow (Multiple Story Structure) The sermon notes for this manuscript are available here. Introduction Much grace, mercy, and peace be to you from God, our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. I want to share three stories with you today. The first comes […]
By Justin Rossow Often, but not always, our Sunday morning bible class shares the same theme as the Sunday sermon. I like to teach and preach on the same content for several reasons. First, it helps the hearers encounter the primary message of the day in multiple formats. Second, it allows people to process out […]
Editor’s Note: This resource supports preachers and congregations in the use of the book 42 Seconds: The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions by Carl Medearis. You can visit the 42 Seconds Resource page at justinrossow.com to see more. The Big Idea Fear of giving or taking offense can keep us from engaging others whose first barrier […]
Sermon 4 of 4: Be Jesus, by Justin Rossow (Comparison/Contrast Structure) The sermon notes for this manuscript can be found here. Introduction “Jesus must be cheating.” I know—that doesn’t sound very pious. But I think that, whether we are consciously aware of it or not, our typical response to any suggestion that we emulate Jesus, or […]
Sermon 3 of 4: Be Brave, by Justin Rossow (Definition Structure) The sermon notes for this manuscript are available here. Introduction Grace, mercy, and peace be to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. The Great Commission gets lived out at the intersection of three stories. Jesus says: “As […]
Week 1 in a 4 week sermon series based on the book 42 Seconds by Carl Medearis. Sermon notes, a full sermon manuscript, Bible study handouts, and Taking Worship Home small group discussion questions are all available through Next Step Press.