Sunday Leftovers

There is only so much a preacher can fit into a sermon.

People’s opinions vary widely when it comes to the length of a sermon. Some prefer sermons to be short and to the point. Others don’t mind longer, more developed sermons, just so long as they don’t interfere with lunch plans. No matter which category a pastor fits into, the reality is that there is always more to say than what he or she can fit into the sermon.

I have found that to be the case during my short time as Senior Pastor at First Church. These first few months on the job have given me more opportunities than ever to preach God’s Word. It has been both a joy and a struggle. I love to study God’s Word. Preaching is that unique opportunity to speak a message from God’s Word into the lives of God’s people. The struggle, however, is realizing that I don’t ever have enough time to share everything that I discover through my study and sermon preparation. Sermons need to be clear, focused, and fit into a designated amount of time. That is especially true for our radio listeners. If I’m not done when the hour is up, I get cut off!

The tension between what I am able to communicate through a sermon and what ends up on the cutting room floor led me to create this blog. I hope to use this space as a way to continue and expand the conversation that begins with the sermon on Sunday mornings. I may develop a point further, throw in some extra nuggets of information that I find interesting, or even answer questions that you have.

I hope and pray this will be a space for all of us to grow in our faith, encourage each other, and be equipped to serve the Lord.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Joel

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