Open Source Sermon (Monday, August 10)

10 Aug

According to wikipedia, open source is a

Model of operation and decision making which allows concurrent input of different agendas, approaches and priorities, and differs from the more closed, centralized models of development. The principles and practices are commonly applied to the peer production development of source code for software which is made available for public collaboration. The result of this peer-based collaboration is usually released as open source software, however open source methods are increasingly being applied in other fields of endeavor, such as biotechnology.

I heard a speaker at a conference refer to using the model of open source for sermon development, and I thought, “What a great idea.”  So, I would like to invite you to join an experiment for the next couple of weeks: the open source sermon. I will release the source code (Scripture text) on Monday of each week, and ask for you to journey with me on the “peer production” of the sermon. Then, on each day of the week, I will ask for your additional input as the sermon develops. So keep coming back each day this week to add your new thoughts as the collaboration continues.

The text for Sunday’s sermon is Hebrews 6.13-20

When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. 16Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Today is the day of exploration. I invite you to offer your thoughts in the comment section on the following:

What questions come to mind as you read the text?

What questions do you want answered as we study the passage?

What verse of phrase needs to be explained?


Posted by on August 10, 2009 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Open Source Sermon (Monday, August 10)

  1. Kyle

    August 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm


  2. tpylant

    August 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Well, that’s a start…

    I guessed I asked for that (in some strange way)

    …but hoping for more


  3. Kyle

    August 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    You would know I couldn’t pass that up! I really like the concept you are going for here. Very cool to use as a way to allow ppl to shape the sermon and therefore “scratch where they are itching”. I like it and may have to steal the idea.

    As far as commenting about the passage, I’m thinking that you are wanting some FBCB folks to chime in so that they can have an impact on the Sunday AM experience. Be patient, because it may take them a while to feel comfortable with this type of process. I admire the creative use of technology you are utilizing here!!!

  4. Justin P

    August 10, 2009 at 11:11 pm


    1.) I would definitely go over who Melchizedek is in the OT and why on earth he is held up in the NT as some perfect priestly standard.

    2.) Definitely refresh the promise to Abram in everyone’s minds (even though it is probably familiar to most).

    3.) I think the key verse here is v17, especially the phrase “the unchanging nature of His purpose.” That phrase the crux of it all in my opinion.

    4.) God’s promise, his oath, as an ‘anchor for the soul’ (v19) is a great phrase and a key to achieving God’s peace in this world.

    5.) “The inner sanctuary behind the curtain” is a picture of the tabernacle that people have to understand in order to get what’s going on. Really, all the OT references here are crucial.

    6.) Ultimately, what is “His purpose” (v17), how can I understand its “unchanging nature” (v17), and how is it an “anchor for the soul?” (v19) You’ve got all those things, I think you’ve largely got the passage.



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