I believe this may be the most important series I have every preached. It’s called, “Happiness through Courage: Seven Spiritual Disciplines for Joy and Self-Esteem.”
This series is so important because it will be addressing a problem that I believe is destroying Christianity: Moral weakness. It is well established that religious people, and Christians in particular, do more good deeds in the world than secular people. But it is also well established that we do just as much harm, if not more, than people with no religious beliefs at all. The secular world simply doesn’t see the good we do through philanthropy, volunteerism, public service, and activism. They do see all the harm we do through sin. And it’s killing us. It’s destroying the credibility of the Christian faith, and it’s wrecking our self-esteem.
For hundreds of years, we’ve taught people what to believe, what to do, and what not to do. But, other than praying for strength, we’ve never taught people how to avoid doing harm. This sermon series will attempt to do just that. Over an eight-week period, I will be outlining seven spiritual disciplines that are designed to change the way we think and act.
I have been working on this system for five years now. It represents a synthesis of classic Christian spiritual disciplines, positive psychology, and what I call “Wesleyan Stoicism.” It has made a huge change in my life, and I believe it can change yours too.