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Sermon 3: Be Brave

Sermon 3: Be Brave

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 […]

Sermon 1: Be Kind

Sermon 1: Be Kind

Sermon 1 of 4: Be Kind, by Justin Rossow (Relational Structure) The sermon notes for this manuscript can be found here: https://justinrossow.com/be-kind. 1. ME (my personal interaction with the topic) In the name of Jesus, dear friends. I remember a cartoon. It was one of those religious cartoons – just one of those single panels. […]

Be Present: 42 Seconds Sermon Notes 2 of 4

Be Present: 42 Seconds Sermon Notes 2 of 4

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 Paying real attention to real people leads us to be vulnerable enough to enter into […]

Be Kind: 42 Seconds Sermon Notes 1 of 4

Be Kind: 42 Seconds Sermon Notes 1 of 4

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 “It’s basically impossible to introduce people to Jesus if we’re not kind to them” (page […]

6 Tips for Preaching a New Structure

6 Tips for Preaching a New Structure

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 […]

Test-Driving a New Sermon Structure

Test-Driving a New Sermon Structure

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 […]

That One Time I Accidentally Said, “Kiss My A**” Three Times During the Gospel Lesson

That One Time I Accidentally Said, “Kiss My A**” Three Times During the Gospel Lesson

I plead ignorance on this one. But the situation still brings up legitimate questions of communication, cultural norms, and offense as a preaching technique that Jesus seemed to use, but maybe we shouldn’t … OK; here’s the situation. I’m preaching on Luke 14, the Parable of the Banquet where the rich guests who were invited […]