- Pray: Pray deeply. Remove any ideas that you have about what you want to preach. Ask God for what HE wants you to speak on.
- Choose your text: Pray again. Is there a text that is meaningful to you? Is there a text that speaks deeply about Jesus to you? Do you feel impressed towards specific verse/s?
- Research: Pray. Google. Are there any words I don’t understand? What do prominent commentaries say (Matthew Henry, SDA Bible Commentary, Living Word BC, etc.)
- What does the text say? Read it in context. Are there any significant words? What was the author saying to his audience back then?
- What does this text teach me about Jesus? Every verse in Scripture points to Jesus and shares something of God’s character AND LOVE. What does this teach me about Him?
- How does this apply to my congregation? Why do we care specifically about this verse? Are there ways that this applies to our congregation?Are there ways it applies to me/others personally?
- Add Illustrations: Does this remind me of anything? Is there a story from my life that exhibits what this text is trying to say?Is there a prop I can bring to send home the point?
- Create a Bullet Point: A word or phrase that embodies what you want people to remember about your sermon: No more than 4 words. Your sermon only needs ONE major point. Otherwise it’s a spray of bb’s—not a bullet.
- Write the Sermon.
- Here is the text (Say BULLET POINT)
- Here is the context (Repeat BULLET POINT)
- Here is the research insights. (Repeat BULLET POINT)
- Here is what it teaches us about Jesus. (Repeat BULLET POINT)
- Here is how it applies to our lives. (Repeat BULLET POINT)
- How long should a sermon be?
- A: None of us are Batchelor, Asscherick, or Finley, please keep it to 20-25 min.
- How many pages is that?
- For most of us, that’s NO MORE than 4.5 pages typed and double spaced
- Do I need to write a manuscript?
- No, but it is absolutely necessary that you speak from an outline at least.
- Can I stray from my outline?
- Please, for the love of all those around you, do not. If you must, keep it brief.
Dont’s: no politics, screaming, gossip, single someone out and write a sermon just for them, preach against the 28 Fundamentals etc. Be wise.
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