My Steps of Sermon Preparation

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “The work of preaching is the highest and the greatest and the most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called.”[1]

Sermon preparation and delivery are two of the tasks preachers are encouraged to spend adequate time on in order to delivery a sermon which is informing and Holy Spirit convicting through the use of the human instrument. It must be accompanied by persistent prayer from start to finish. To achieve this, the preacher must study the word of God, outline it, internalize it, and preach it to the contemporary church audience in a realistic spiritual environment as to make impart.

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In studying, the Bible must be used instead of our creativities, ideologies, or interests. One can not make impart without having an open bible being studied in depth. Reading the biblical text must be done repeatedly. The pre-texts and the post-texts must be read repeatedly in order to conceive the main idea of the text the preacher intends to preach. In essence, the preacher must discover the context of the particular passage of scriptures before he gives the interpretation of the scriptural text; therefore, exegesis is necessary to inform the preacher of what God was speaking about to the ancient ears regarding a particular situation which is applicable to the present audience the preacher is speaking to now. During the study, the Bible must be used as the primary source.

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The second approach in studying the word is the use of supplemental materials such as commentaries, concordances, bible dictionaries etc. After having discovered the hermeneutical meaning of the passage, I will check the interpretation which I have obtained against other interpretations using other commentaries knowing that God also uses other people. I do this in order to balance the interpretation which I have obtained from the biblical text. In the process of studying, I have recorded everything in my sermon notebook to enable me write them out in the next step. This may take two days to complete.

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After having studied the passage I intend to preach from, the next step is to outline the message. In most cases, I might choose to use deductive, inductive, or inductive-deductive outline depending on the kind of audiences I am speaking to. After having made the outline, I will write the sermon out. It is necessary to have sermon notes (manuscripts); though, I am not going to read it to the audience. That will be boring and dull. This will take me a day.

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After having written the sermon out, I will vandalize and internalize it. Vandalizing the sermon is the act of marking and highlighting various areas of the sermon notes. It is also making comments, writing out observations, and noting areas of the notes as the Holy Spirit ministers to me. Does the part of the notes need editing or updating? After vandalizing it, I will internalize it. This is the act of preaching the sermon to me and memorizing or paraphrasing all scriptural reference texts I intend to make reference to or from within or outside of the passage. It must be related to the passage or text being preached or the homiletical main idea of the sermon. This will take me a day.

The last step is to apply or preach the sermon to the chosen audience. Primarily, I will introduce the scriptural text followed by the theme if it is a deductive approach or else I will ask a question if it is an inductive or inductive-deductive approach. The introduction of the sermon and preaching it will take me 45 minutes and altar call and praying take 15 minutes.


6 Steps To Prep A Sermon Start To Finish, April 25, 2013.

[1]6 Steps To Prep A Sermon Start To Finish, April 25, 2013.  

[2] Photos used are from the 6 Steps To Prep A Sermon Start To Finish.