Several Years ago I came across a book called Preaching through the Bible
suggested a balance of Old and New Testament preaching. I have tweaked the plan a lot. But in my humble opinion it is more balanced. 60% New Testament 40% Old Testament, at least one of the Gospels every year. This plan has lead me to gain a whole new appreciation for the small books of the Bible. Here is the most up to date version. I will keep the newest version here in case you are ever wondering!
Six year rotating sermon plan –srm6yr-8-16
“Read the Bible for all It’s Worth”
- The book
- The supplemental book “Book by Book“
- The Study
- A good Scripture Cross Reference tool Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
- Clarke’s Commentary on the whole Bible
- Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the whole Bible
- William Barclay’s Commentary on the New Testament
Session #1 Read the Bible (12/9) Read the Bible – Session #1
- WC Mis-asumptions
- Got Questions link
- “The State of the Bible 2014” George Barna research
- You Version Bible link
- International Standard Encyclopedia – 4 volume set
- International Standard Encyclopedia – online edition
- Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary
- Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry online dictionary
- List of online dictionaries
Session #2 Read the Bible (12/16) Read the Bible – Session #2
- The Bible is Unreliable… (debunked) (a video)
- Old Testament: Scribes Commitment to detail (a video)
- How we Got the Bible (a video)
- Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible (NKV, ESV, NLT, The Message)
- The ESV Study Bible
- The NLT Chronological Bible
Session #3 Read the Bible (1/27) Read the Bible – Session #3
Session #4 Read the Bible (2/3) Read the Bible – Session #4 Student
- List the steps for determining cultural relativity
- Epistles are letters to specific churches with specific issues in the 1st century determine as much as possible what the “issues” are.
- Many of the situations are clearly cultural, define the cultural implications.
- Some teachings surrounding specific cultural settings are translated into today’s settings, and some aren’t. Define which teachings should be translated into today’s setting and and why.
- Think about and define why you think some teachings can be culturally translated and why they shouldn’t all be translated into today’s culture?
List the guidelines for distinguishing cultural relativity pg. 85.
- Distinguish between the central core of the message of the Bible as opposed to what is dependent on that central message and then only peripheral to that message.
- Distinguish between what is moral and what is not. g. sin lists, 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Colossians 3:5-8 Mark 7:21-23
- Notice the teachings where the NT has a consistent statement of interpretation vs. unique variation. (see pg. 86 for more details)
- Distinguish within the NT it’s tendency to differentiate between principle and specific application.
- Determine the cultural options/perspectives available to the authors of the NT.
- Watch for cultural differences between 1st and 21st Century that are not immediately obvious. Pg. 88
- Exercise charity in final conclusions.
One church’s process of planning ahead the themes for services: Lifebridge Christian
Questions that help me discern our needs and directionSermon Planning Worksheet