Life without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23
a summer sermon series
Pause for a moment and ask yourself what your life would be like if it were completely without fear? If you did not fear death, if you did not fear life and what it might bring, if you did not fear any man, or woman, or any living creature. If you knew it was possible to live a Life without lack, would you live differently?
A unique work of never-before-published teaching by theologian Dallas Willard, Life without Lack revolutionizes our understanding of Psalm 23. Willard takes this comfortably familiar passage and reveals its extraordinary promises: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…. I will fear no evil.” The psalmist claims to live without any need and without any fear. How is that possible?
Learn the secret of living with contentment, peace, and security as Senior Pastor Rev. Jeff Gannon leads us in Life Without Lack, a summer-long exploration of Psalm 23. Together, the word of God, Willard’s theology and Pastor Jeff’s sermons can help us live each day more fully in the promise of God’s kingdom.
Note: the sermon series is punctuated by breaks in the schedule for special events and summer vacation.
June 3, Part 1
Introducing the Psalms in general and Psalm 23 in particular. Because we live at the mercy of our ideas, especially about God, we begin by looking at our image of God and the image of ourselves before God. In the words of Mark Twain, “It isn’t what we know that hurts us, it’s what we know that isn’t so.” Habakkuk 3:16-19, Psalm 103:1-5, and Ephesians 4:17-19.
Stand alone Sunday: A Farewell Sermon from Associate Pastor Jill Sander-Chali
Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
June 24, Part 3
Psalm 23:2,3a, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul.
Stand alone sermon for Confirmation Sunday
July 8, Part 4
Psalm 23:3b, “He leads me in the paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.”
July 15, Part 5
Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me, Your rod and staff they comfort me”
Mr. Courtney Holloway, government worker who was shot, gives testimony about how he experienced Jesus as the Good Shepherd.
July 29, Part 6
Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over.”
TBD – Sermon to be announced.
August 12, Part 7
Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall pursue me all the days of my life.”
August 19, Part 8
Psalm 23:6, “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Interview with and Sermon by Fr. Terry Hedrick on Jesus as Shepherd in the Gospel of Matthew.
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