Peter Bush is the minister of Westwood Presbyterian Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the co-author of Where Twenty or Thirty are Gathered: Leading Worship in the Small Church (Alban).

Evangelectionary for Sunday, October 9, 2016

Texts: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12; 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15c (consider going to 19a); Psalm 111; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19 Theme: Sometimes we are the stranger, called to live in a new place to which God has sent us. Sometimes we are the ones called to welcome the stranger. Always we are conscious that the outsider, […]

Evangelectionary for October 2, 2016: Worldwide Communion Sunday

TEXTS: Lamentations 1:1-6; Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10 THEME: Faith in God is hard. While faith in God is the only way to live, its necessity does not make it easy. Faith in God requires a total commitment. MESSAGE: Two significant challenges the preacher this week. First, the texts are not easy, […]

The Holy Spirit and Evangelism #6

Spirit and Evangelism Series #6 Galatians 5:16-26 The Spirit grows the Fruit of the Spirit in us so we might reach others with God’s love. The passage lays out two ways of life: living by the Spirit and living by the flesh. Clearly Paul is inviting his readers to live by the Spirit. Beyond the […]

The Holy Spirit and Evangelism #5

The Holy Spirit and Evangelism — #5   I Corinthians 2:1-5   The Spirit’s evangelistic method: human weakness and the power of the cross   Conversations about evangelism often turns to discussion of method, approach, communication theory, and so on. The names of great evangelists are trundled out and their speaking techniques examined. Paul here […]

Evangelectionary for September 4th, 2016

Texts: Jeremiah 18:1-11; Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33 Theme: There is a choice to be made: choosing God has a cost; not choosing God has a cost. There are no cheap choices. There is a choice that leads to life for oneself and others. It is the hard, costly road of following Jesus. Message: The preacher […]

The Holy Spirit and Evangelism #4

I Thessalonians 5:13b-22 Buried in the middle of this passage is vs. 19 – “Do not quench the Spirit.” By allowing the Spirit freedom in our lives the seemingly disconnected list of instructions can become lived realities in the Christian community. The Christian life is not a solo activity, it is to be lived in […]

The Holy Spirit and Evangelism #3

Acts 4:23-31 The Spirit gives God’s people boldness to speak the good news. Peter and John (Acts 3) had met a man who was crippled and begging for money. Peter offered him not money, but in the name of Jesus Christ the miracle of being able to walk. The man was healed and Peter preached […]