Looking for some of the top sermons from 2021 according to other pastors and churches? This article is for you.

When ministry is rolling it is one of the most rewarding things we can invest our time in. Seeing new families connect with small groups. Watching students find their peers from school and show up to mid-week programming. Hearing stories of men and women finding community with others. And people coming to know Jesus, being baptised, and bringing their neighbors and family to church on Sundays, this is a lot to get excited about.

But there are years that are confusing, difficult, and more many leaders, exhausting. When the unexpected comes you have to pivot your plans, get creative, and care for your congregation in new ways. But even when things feel hopeless and discouraging, we know from Scripture that nothing stands in the way of God and his active will. 

He is an overcomer. Through His power working in you — you are an overcomer, too.

As you prepare for new years of ministry, there are plenty of ways to make the planning and preparation of the sermon series easier… such as regular releases of new sermon series complete with media packs, small group guides, and sermon outlines. 

In the midst of fun and exciting seasons, you don’t get weighed down by the pressure of prepping 52 sermons from scratch. During seasons that are difficult and trying, you can get ahead of planning, reclaim time, and get your sermon series prep done efficiently so you can put attention to other pressing matters.

Ministry Pass creates sermon series so you can spend your time ministering in every season of life.

The Most Effective Sermon Series from 2021

In the list below, we’ve pulled out the top 21 sermon series from 2021. These series include resources like: 

  • Sermon outlines and talking points to save you time
  • Series outline, so you know where you’re headed
  • Small group questions to help your congregation dig deeper
  • Slides, bulletin designs, social media graphics, video elements, and more media resources, to take the burden off your media and tech team


Check out this list of 21 top sermon series from the year as you plan for 2022. 

If you’re not a member of Ministry Pass yet, get a 14-day free trial here. Leading your church is challenging – this list (and every new sermon series we release) helps busy pastors reclaim their daily calendar to minister with greater impact.

The Gospel Story
This 52-week series (with an optional extra week) takes congregants on a chronological and inspiring journey through God’s Word. From the first book of scripture, Genesis, to the close of Revelation, “The Gospel Story” outlines the narrative of God’s wondrous work of salvation history. The entire Bible, from the Garden of Eden to “a new heaven and a new earth,” speaks of Jesus. This sermon series shares the story of Christ, providing biblical context and important applications along the way. History is not about us, but the God of history can use us to fulfill his grand, universal plan. This series is divided into five sections—1. The Beginning; 2. The Rise and Fall; 3. The Prophets; 4. The Redemption; 5. The Church. Each section includes its own media bundle.

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The Book of Job Sermon Series Graphic
This six-week series will speak to problem of human suffering and God’s plan by considering the story of Job. It will link the speeches of both Job and his friends with the overarching themes of God’s character, faithfulness in all things, and wisdom in dealing with human beings.

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Win The Day 7 Daily Habits to Help You Stress Less and Accomplish More Sermon Series Graphic
This seven-week series unpacks seven habits laid out by Pastor Mark Batterson in his latest book, Win the Day: 7 Daily Habits to Help You Stress Less & Accomplish More. In this series, you will learn how to implement these seven habits into your daily life, while also making meaningful investments for your future by forming healthy lifestyle changes. These practices, grounded in the words of the Bible, are done to bring glory to Jesus Christ, making the most of the opportunities he’s given us to usher in the Kingdom of God.
Based on Win the Day: 7 Daily Habits to Help You Stress Less & Accomplish More by Mark Batterson, Multnomah, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2020. Used by permission. https://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/634078/win-the-day-by-mark-batterson/.

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Mary's Christmas: The Christmas Story Through Mary's Eyes Sermon Series Graphic
This four-week series follows the Gospels’ accounts of the first Christmas from Mary’s perspective, highlighting the ways her faithfulness to God’s call remains a model and challenge to believers today. The stories of Mary’s visit from the angel Gabriel and her assent to God’s unusual plan for her life, her visit to Elizabeth and her profound proclamation of God’s power, the visit from the Magi followed by the daring escape to Egypt, and her earliest experiences of the grief of her unique motherhood each contribute to the powerful witness of her life.

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Whether spoken, texted, or posted, our words play a crucial role in our lives and our witness. This four-part series reminds us that our words matter and guides us through Scripture’s teachings on the source of our words, the consequences of our words, and the ways we can use our words for good and God’s glory.

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This series explores God’s self-revelation to Moses in Exodus 34:6–7. Each week will examine one of the characteristics by which God describes himself: merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, forgiving sin, judging the guilty.

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This six-week series explores the book of Ecclesiastes. By understanding the context and theology of the book’s main character (Qoheleth), we can understand the limitations of life. In acknowledging the author’s honest conclusions and the contemporary parallels, we will understand that God gives ultimate meaning in life and Christians can enjoy this life that God has given them.

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This four-week series counsels us on how to live with character and integrity in a hostile and contentious culture. As Christians, we are called to love people and to love God. Loving people sometimes involves having the courage to speak truth and offer constructive criticism; loving God can sometimes mean believing and doing things that are countercultural. This series gives us some guidance in how to live out and stay true to our beliefs in a society that may conflict with our faith.

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This seven-week series explores an underappreciated part of the mysterious book of Revelation. Revelation is a letter, addressed not to an individual but to seven church communities. Each letter first tells the church who Jesus is and then how the hearers should live in light of that identity. This series illuminates how the messages to the seven churches remain crucial and relevant for us today.

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This three-week Thanksgiving series addresses how we can develop a heart of gratitude to God, which in turn leads to generous giving. Thankfulness is not an occasional act but a lifestyle of intentional and spontaneous appreciation that leads us into the presence of God, empowers us to be grateful in all circumstances, and generates an overflow of generosity.

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What makes lists like this helpful? It’s another sign that you don’t have to do ministry alone. When you’re exhausted, look to the resources that already exist to play a part of overcoming. 

When ministry is difficult, use what’s been proven to get a head start and cross the initial phases of research and creative planning off your to-do list.

When you are uncertain about how to wrap up a sermon, sermon series, or your sermon calendar, ideas like these inspire clarity.

Your congregation needs you and Ministry Pass exists to help you plan and prepare faithful messages faster so you can meet the needs of the people God has placed in your care.

As you plan for the year of ministry ahead, this list of top sermon series will provide ideas, resources, and tools to make ministry easier. 

If you aren’t already a member of Ministry Pass, click here to get a 14-day free trial. You’ll get access to hundreds of resources to plan, prepare, and preach compelling sermon series.

And if you need help planning out the next year of preaching topics, check out our free preaching calendar template (created for you in Excel). It’s completely free to everyone, even if you’re not a Ministry Pass member. You can download it, customize it, and mark sermon topic planning off your to-do list.


SPECIAL BONUS

If you’re looking for more resources, check out these additional lists of top sermon series:

The Top 30 Best Sermon Series of 2019

The Top 30 Best Sermon Series of 2018

10 Great Sermon Series Ideas for the Fall

10 Summer Sermon Series to Preach