The theme Thy Will Be Done weaves its way through Sunday, Midweek, and Holy Week worship. This brief overview gives the roadmap for a Lenten journey that engages both preachers and hearers. Read more about the Thy Will Be Done Preaching Workshop and the Sermon Structures that help shape this Lenten experience.

Note: Sermon manuscripts for the Sundays of Lent, Good Friday, and Easter come with admission to the Workshop. Register here.
A thematic daily prayer booklet and a Lenten worship kit, including character monologs, two alternate sermon outlines, and worship resources for midweek and Holy Week are available for purchase. See the Thy Will Be Done Overview of Resources.

 


Thy Will Be Done Sermon Themes and Structures Overview

Ash Wednesday. Abraham and Isaac: God’s Will and God’s Promise
“He who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son.” Hebrews 11:17

Monlog: “Isaac: The Son of Promise”
Structure: Biblical Story Told

Sermon Outline A: “God’s Promise Will Prevail”
Structure: Frame and Refrain

Sermon Outline B: “Trusting God when He is Hard to Understand”
Structure: Lowry Loop

 

Sunday 1. The Lord’s Prayer: God’s Will and the Kingdom
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

Sermon Manuscript: “God’s Will and the Kingdom”
Structure: Cause and Effect

 

Wed 2. Moses: God’s Will and My Inadequacy
“But [Moses] said, ‘Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.’” Exodus 4:13

Monlog: “Mmoses: It’s Not About Mme”
Structure: Biblical Story Told

Sermon Outline A: “The Bush, the Rock, and the Snake”
Structure: Multiple Story Structure

Sermon Outline B: “Advice, Confidence, and Trusting in Jesus”
Structure: Question Answered

 

Sunday 2. The Gethsemane Prayer: God’s Will, not My Will
“Not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39

Sermon Manuscript: “God’s Will, not My Will”
Structure: Multiple Story Structure

 

Wed 3. Nathan and King David: God’s Will and My Dreams
“According to your will, you have done this great thing.” 2 Samuel 7:21

Monlog: “Nathan: The King’s Gift”
Structure: Biblical Story Told

Sermon Outline A: “The Good that God Wants to Give”
Structure: Frame and Refrain

Sermon Outline B: “God’s Will and My Dreams”
Structure: Verse-by-Verse


Sunday 3. The Potter and the Clay: God’s Will and My Expectations
“Has the potter no right over the clay?” Romans 9:21

Sermon Manuscript: “God’s Will and My Expectations”
Structure: Metaphorical Movement

 

Wed 4. Mary: God’s Will and My Identity
“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Monlog: “Mary: Let it Be to Me According to Your Word”
Structure: Biblical Story Told

Sermon Outline A: “A New Family at the Foot of the Cross”
Structure: Multiple Perspectives

Sermon Outline B: “Relating to Mary”
Structure: Relational Structure

 

Sunday 4. A Thorn in the Flesh: God’s Will and My Suffering
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Sermon Manuscript: “God’s Will and My Suffering”
Structure: Text-Application

 

Wed 5. Paul: God’s Will and My Worldview
“And for three days [Saul] was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.” Acts 9:9

Monlog: “Rabbi Saul of Tarsus”
Structure: Biblical Story Told

Sermon Outline A: “The Darkness of Faith”
Structure: Metaphorical Movement

Sermon Outline B: “The Trial of Ananias”
Structure: Epic Form

 

Sunday 5. Universal Grace: God’s Will for Salvation
“[God our Savior] desires all people to be saved.” 1 Timothy 2:4

Sermon Manuscript 5.1: “God’s Will for Salvation, That All People Be Saved”
Structure:Question Answered

Sermon Manuscript 5.2: “God’s Will for Salvation, That All People Be Saved”
Structure: Multiple Story Structure

 

Wed 6. Lydia: God’s Will and My Response
“The Lord opened [Lydia’s] heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.” Acts 16:14

Monlog: “Lydia: A Study in Purple”
Structure: Biblical Story Told

Sermon Outline A: “Paul, Lydia, and My Life of Faith”
Structure: Comparison/Contrast

Sermon Outline B: “Riding a River of Grace”
Structure: Paradox Maintained


Palm Sunday. Particular Salvation: God’s Will When We are Not Willing
“How often I have longed to gather your children together … and you were not willing.” Luke 13:34

Sermon Manuscript: “God’s Will When We are Not Willing”
Structure: Lowry Loop


Maundy Thursday. The Last Supper Servant:
God’s Will and Joyful Service

“I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

Monlog: “The Last Supper Servant”
Structure: Biblical Story Told

Sermon Outline A: “An Image of Service; an Image of Joy”
Structure: Central Image, Multiple Focus

Sermon Outline B: “True Joy”
Structure: Classical Argument


Good Friday Tenebrae: God’s Will is Done.
“It was the will of the LORD to crush him.” Isaiah 53:10
Brief Manuscripts for Tenebrae Meditations provided


Easter Sunday: God’s Will and the New Creation
“Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Corinthians 15:20

Sermon Manuscript: “God’s Will for the New Creation”
Structure: Wilson’s Four Pages