Journeyman Project Dispatches from the Life of Patrick Fowler: Christianity Explored

26Apr/120

The Danger is Misplaced Dependence – Isaiah 19

My final sermon at Dallas Theological Seminary was from the text of unfulfilled prophecy. I've always found the second half of Isaiah 19 to be shocking, even difficult to understand. It comes after such a long series of judgements against different nations, and adds a crazy positive to an otherwise negative section of the book. However, after some study, I came to realize that the gloomy parts of Isaiah's prophecy about Egypt led them to the crazy high at the end of it.

Here's my understanding of what the prophecy is teaching us. And as always, I have placed links after the video for anyone who wishes to utilize my manuscript or outlines.

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Documents to Download:

Sermon Outlines - Exegesis and Expositional - Word Doc - PDF File

Sermon Manuscript - Word Doc - PDF File

13Apr/120

Sermon #8 – “The Golden Rule” Lev 19 and Luke 10

I have been intrigued by the importance that Judaism places on the Shema–the centrality of Loving God with all that we are. So I took time to study the text as it appears in the Old and New Testament. However, it didn’t take long for me to find myself drawn to the phrase that is placed alongside it in the New Testament: “love your neighbor as yourself.” While Deuteronomy 6 is powerfully presented in the Scriptures, Leviticus 19 is not. Yet is seems to be a key verse that everyone knows in Jesus’ day. It’s my hope that you will find yourself challenged in the same way that I was as you explore the command to love your neighbor as yourself.

Sermon Video

 

As always, I am sharing my work here for your benefit. There’s no need to give me credit for the material, take it and allow God to use it in your work however you see fit.

Download the Sermon Manuscript here: Word Document       PDF

Download the Sermon Research and Outlines Here: Word Document         PDF

25Feb/120

Sermon #7: The Stability to Live Boldly – Psalm 125

Last semester I struggled and struggled over the proper selection of classes for my final months at Dallas Theological Seminary. After much deliberation, I find that this semester I will be giving three sermons in preparation for life after graduation.While I have no intention of spending hours and hours of time in preparation for speaking every Sunday morning, I know that speaking is part of my future in many respects...and I want to be able to communicate effectively at those times. I've come a long way already, since sermon #1, and I hope you find that this message is engaging and challenging to listen to.

As always, I have shared my outlines and manuscript below as well. This message is one I want to share, not one I wish to keep for my own exclusive purposes. Feel free to use the material without need to give me credit in any way.

The great advantage to the extensive preparation required in giving a sermon is that God gets to do some in-depth work on my heart. This sermon really hit home on my own struggles at the present time. It is given by a graduating seminary student, to graduating seminary students. It is my hope that you'll find a way to apply it to your own life as well. As the Psalmist says, (1) to see God as your wall of protection, giving your life incredible stability, (2) to trust that God will not allow the righteous to be oppressed for long, and (3) to live in expectation that God is actively at work securing your life.

In short, "God gives us the stability to live boldly!" Live Boldly!

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Sermon Outlines - Exegesis of the Text

Sermon Manuscript (Full text of my sermon)

Sermon Audio

15Dec/110

My Sermon Video: How to Respond to Disaster

This is a short sermon I prepared and delivered during my seminary education. It addresses the spiritual foundation we need in times of disaster to hold our life securely and the benefits of having the correct foundation. It draws from the themes and overall message of the books of Job and Ecclesiastes, as well as from Jeremiah 17.

I counsel victims of disaster and crime as a part of Victim Relief Ministries, and this sermon is based on my experience as a chaplain as well as the counsel of the Scripture. I exhort anyone in the counseling role to avoid providing answers for those in crisis, and rather to exercise a ministry of love by being present and caring for the person.

14Nov/110

Sermon: How to Respond to Disaster

Herein lies one of the life messages that God has written on my heart over the course of the past year. When I chose this topic for my second sermon for Preaching III, I wanted to allow God to speak more fully into my life after having experienced a lot of significant events in 2010 and 2011:

Last spring, I lost my cousin in a motorcycle wreck.

Since the beginning of the year, I‘ve watched and prayed from afar as one of my fellow DTS graduates cancelled Ph.D plans to fight cancer.

This summer Stacy and I spent five days counseling victims of the tornado in Hackleburg, Alabama.

This fall I’ve been on a number of deployments as a Chaplain for crime events in the city of Dallas, including a homicide at a local bank.

Needless to say, seminary deals with the tough questions of life, but I wanted more than complex theological answers about sin—I wanted to formulate a message that I felt Scripture itself compellingly communicates to us when we experience tragedy. So many sermons I hear on this topic tend to shock us by delving into the messy details of the story, say a few things about God, and then end with a fluffy, feel-good ending of someone who experienced the tragedy and came out better. That can inspire us, but it usually does not ground us God’s words to us. It just leaves us feeling good for the person whose story we’ve heard. 

God has a better message for us than that. God has a message that applies to all of us—not just those of us that come out of the tragedy blessed. A message that leaves the Words of the Bible ringing in our ears, so that we can hear God when the storm hits our lives.

Brace yourself…this is not a feel good message…it’s a challenge.

Don’t argue with me…argue with the Bible…that’s the source of the message.

Don’t just listen to me…my message is just part 1 of what God says to us in disaster, the essential part. There’s a lot more that needs to be said, and should be considered. If you need more answers, consider reading C.S. Lewis’ The Problem of Pain or another relevant book.

And finally…send me feedback. Your responses will make me a better preacher!

Sermon Exegetical & Theological Outlines (What the Bible says)

Sermon Homiletical Outline (How I present what God is saying)

Sermon Typed Transcript and Audio (My Presentation)