And it shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.” For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite" (Isaiah 57:14-15).

The Sojourn Houston leadership team shares a burning desire to see God revive our hearts and bring revival to Houston. We long to see Jesus exalted in our city, and trusting the Spirit to accomplish this, we want to play our part faithfully.

This year, the theme of revival will quietly govern our preaching calendar. We will talk about it explicitly at times, but it will by no means be the topic of our next 52 sermons. We will pray for revival, plan for revival, and structure our calendar around revival. We will devote significant time to praying for revival during our First Monday Prayer gatherings, and we have structured the calendar below with the sermon series on revival as a centerpiece.

Series:  Matthew
Liturgical Season:  Advent & Epiphany
Months:  December to February
 

During Advent and Epiphany, when we anticipate and celebrate the coming of Christ, we will trace our way through selected passages from the life and ministry of Jesus as detailed in the Gospel of Matthew. Together, we will rejoice in the coming of Jesus, who brings revival to His people and His world. 

Series:  Lamentations
Liturgical Season:  Lent
Months:  March to April

During Lent, we will suspend our journey through Matthew in order to walk our way through the book of Lamentations. Together, we will lament our sin and repent of our sin as we prepare for the resurrection of Jesus. There can be no revival apart from a clear and present knowledge of our own unholiness.

Series:  Matthew
Liturgical Season:  Easter
Month:  April

During the Easter season, we will return to Matthew as we remember and rejoice in the resurrection of Christ. Together, we will acknowledge the necessity of Christ's resurrection as we prepare for Pentecost and Ordinary Time, seasons marked by an emphasis on the mission of Christ through His Church. 

Series:  Revival
Liturgical Season:  Pentecost
Months:  May to June

"Revival” has been defined as “the extraordinary experience of the ordinary.” We like that. But we are less concerned with a precise definition of revival and more concerned to see God bring it to pass. We deeply desire for God to pour out His Spirit upon us, and through us, to our city. 

Series:  Residents Series
Liturgical Season:  Ordinary Time
Months:  June to July

Every summer, we set aside a brief sermon series for our church planting residents to prepare and preach. They will determine the passages of Scripture and the series theme. We do this because leadership development too often an aspirational value. If we truly want to see a church planting movement, we must value leadership development in concrete ways.

Series:  Galatians
Liturgical Season:  Ordinary Time
Months:  July to September
 

Galatians is a book about the danger of abandoning the gospel. Together, we will explore the dangers of drifting from God’s truth, giving us a richly theological call to anchor ourselves deeply within the one, true gospel of grace. Why? Because there is no true revival that is not gospel revival. 

Series:  Life Together
Liturgical Season:  Ordinary Time
Month:  October
 

Life Together is our annual vision series. Together, we allow the Bible to define our dreams shape our vision of life together as the people of God in Houston. By God’s grace, we will be reminded that Sojourn's vision must never be separated from God's vision for the Church and the world. 

Series:  The Five Solas
Liturgical Season:  Ordinary Time
Months:  October to November

Next year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which achieved, among many things, the recovery of a few essential doctrines we call “the solas.” The Reformation was a glorious tragedy. It was tragic that the Church needed reform, but her reform was glorious. Together, we will trace the solas throughout Scripture, applying them to the life of our church, and praying for unity within the global body of Christ.

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