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Turn to The Minister's Manual for complete sermons for the entire year,  lectionary messages and worship aids to expand Sunday services, thought-provoking quotations and questions on life and religion to add breadth to your preaching,  a treasury of practical sermon applications and commentaries, children's sermons for engaging young minds, a wealth of topics to ponder during small group discussions, and calendars to help you remember important historical, cultural, and religious anniversaries. In addition, The Minister’s Manual comes with a companion CD-ROM that features the entire contents in a convenient and searchable electronic format.
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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"I don't know of a better book for the hard-pressed minister . . . than The Minister's Manual . . . The best material on the market."
—John Killinger, president, Mission for Biblical Literacy; author, Preaching the New Millennium

"Fresh and trustworthy ideas for preachers. Welcome nourishment to the hungry preacher facing the constant task of preaching faithful sermons."
—Thomas G. Long, Presbyterian Publishing Corp.

Roger Lovette
What one book to help you with preaching? Try The Minister's Manual.
—(Roger Lovette, minister, The Baptist Church of the Covenant)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787984571
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/25/2006
  • Series: Minister's Manual Series , #8
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

James W. Cox, a leading authority on preaching and one of the most influential teachers in the field of homiletics, is a senior professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been the editor of The Minister's Manual since 1984.

Lee McGlone is senior pastor for the First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and adjunct professor at North American Baptist Seminary. He has contributed to the The Minister's Manual and has been its indexer for many years.

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Table of Contents

Preface by James W. Cox.

Preface by Lee McGlone.


Civil Year Calendars for 2007 and 2008.

Church and Civic Calendar for 2007.

The Revised Common Lectionary for 2007.

Four-Year Church Calendar.

Forty-Year Easter Calendar.

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Identifications.

Colors Appropriate for Days and Seasons.

Flowers in Season Appropriate for Church Use.

Quotable Quotations.

Questions of Life and Religion.

Biblical Benedictions and Blessings.











Contributors and Acknowledgments.

Index of Contributors.

Sermon Title Index.

Scriptural Index.

Index of Prayers.

Index of Materials Useful as Children’s Stories and Sermons Not Included in Section X.

Index of Materials Useful for Small Groups.

Topical Index.

How to Use the CD-ROM.

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First Chapter

Lectionary Message
Topic: Spiritual Role Models
Text: Phil. 2:5-11
Other Readings: Luke 19:28-40; Ps. 118:1-2, 19-29 or Isa. 50:4-9a; Ps. 31:9-16; Luke 22:14-23:56

Few persons today would challenge the assumption that positive models influence numerous areas of human activity. They shape personal attitudes, mold patterns of family life, and encourage exemplary professional achievements. Positive role models form a nucleus around which healthy personalities develop, idealism emerges, and individuals achieve maximum potential. Especially dynamic are spiritual role models in shaping believers' lives and leading them to experience a maturing discipleship. Floods of names remind us of the ongoing ministry of persons who significantly influenced our lives. They challenged us by their example and created in us the will to press on toward life's higher callings. More than those persons, however, we look to Christ as our ultimate role model. For every believer there remains the influence of both a cloud of Christian believers and the unshaken presence of Christ.

HUMILITY. It recalls an event described in a manuscript in the Emory Collection. At a conference session some of the preachers were complaining about their pitiful support and about the problems of sustenance, health, gear, and food. Listening for a time without comment, Asbury suddenly led in prayer: "Lord, we are in thy hands and in thy work. Thou knowest what is best for us and for thy work, whether poverty or plenty. The hearts of all men are in thy hands. If it is best for us and for thy church that we should be cramped and straitened, let the people's hands and hearts be closed. If it is better for us-and for the church-and more to thy glory that we should abound in the comforts of life, do thou dispose the hearts of those we serve to give accordingly; and may we learn to be content, whether we abound or suffer need."--Arthur Bruce Moss

FULFILLMENT. It is natural and right for a young person to want to be popular with the opposite sex and to marry. It is not easy, but it is possible, to discover that even when this desire is denied, life is not futile. It is natural to want to be healthy. Yet it is possible to struggle with a defective body and still find something worthwhile to achieve. It is natural to want to be well fixed and comfortable. Yet some of the greatest literary and artistic masterpieces have been produced in poverty. If a person has an inner capacity to sublimate desire to chosen ends, no outer disaster can be completely devastating.--Georgia Harkness

Topic: Apply This to Jesus
Text: Ps. 118:19-29

(1) The coming of Jesus was the answer to many prayers (vv. 20-21).
(2) God's answer in Jesus was rejected by many (v. 22a).
(3) This rejection became the occasion of salvation in the cross and Resurrection (vv. 22b-23; John 1:11-12).
(4) This salvation was celebrated in advance on Palm Sunday (vv. 26-29).

Topic: Why We Do Not Have to Fear
Text: Rev. 1:17-18

(1) Because of who Jesus Christ is: "the first and the last, and the living one."
(2) Because of God's demonstration of power and approval in him: "I am alive forever and ever."
(3) Because he is the answer to the ultimate issues of life: "I have the keys of death and of Hades."

1. "All Glory, Laud, and Honor," Theodulph of Orleans (eighth century); trans. J. M. Neale (1851)

2. "This Is the Day," Les Garrett (1967)

3. "All Praise to Thee (Christ)," F. Bland Tucker (1938)
4. "According to Thy Gracious Word," James Montgomery (1825)
1. "Ride on, Ride on in Majesty," Henry H. Milman (1827)
2. "At the Name of Jesus," Caroline M. Noel (1870)
3. "As He Gathered at His Table," Paul A. Richardson
4. "I Seek My Refuge in You, Lord," vers. Marie J. Post (1985)
CALL TO WORSHIP. "This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (Ps. 118:24).

INVOCATION. Lord, we pray, open stubborn minds, nudge prideful hearts, stir sinful souls. Shape us in worship for Godly living as here we repent, and believe and dedicate ourselves all over again.-E. Lee Phillips

OFFERTORY SENTENCE. "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gifts" (2 Cor. 9:15).

OFFERTORY PRAYER. It isn't much that we bring, Lord, when compared to what you have given. Yet we bring these gifts in love and offer them to you that they may be blessed and used as a blessing in your service.-Henry Fields

PRAYER. Abiding God, you have bid us journey these forty days toward the cross. Forty days-from the time of Noah till our Lord's sojourn in the wilderness, we remember forty days. And now the journey enters Jerusalem: city of destiny and definition. With the triumphant entry this day, O Son of David, we embrace Holy Week, and each day clarifies and sharpens who you are, who by God's love and grace you choose to be.

Topic: Surely There's an Easier Way
Text: Zech. 9:9-11; Matt. 21:1-11

Life is difficult for everybody. Where did we get the idea that it was supposed to be easy? Not from the Bible. That's what confuses me about the popular brands of Christianity in our time, the kind that sell faith as if it were some product, telling you that if you will buy this product then good things will happen to you, when Jesus said just the opposite. "If you become a Christian," he said, "you may have to carry a cross. That's the journey that I'm going on, the journey to Jerusalem." And you know what happened to him.

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