Three Types of Sample Sermon Outlines

Preaching Seminar, PS 438

October 19, 2011

Outlining Exercises

Deductive Outline

Text: Luke 15:1-7

Main Idea: God cares for the sinners.

I. He forwent his divine authorship.

A. He came down in human flesh to identify himself with man.

B. He sat and ate with sinners.

C. He humbled himself to bear human sorrows.

II. Christ demonstrated it.

A. He was mocked by sinners.

B. He pursuit sinners for salvation.

C. He died for sinners.

III. Men’s condition is changed as the result of faith in Christ.

A. We are reconciled to God.

B. We are called children of God.

C. We have new life in Christ.

  1. Conclusion: No matter what your status may be today, God cares for you.

Inductive Outline

I Cor. 11:23-34

Question/Theme: Why partake of the Lord’s Supper?

A. Jesus’ body was broken for our affliction.

B. Jesus’ blood was shed for our cleansing.

C. Jesus’ body was beaten for our healing.

Main Idea: We partake of the communion to remember the suffering he underwent for us.

Conclusion: Christians regularly participating of this ritual reminds them of Christ’s affliction bore on Calvary.

Inductive-deductive Outline

Text: Psalms 137:1-9

Question/Theme: Why did the children of Israel Weep?

a. They remembered Zion.

b. They demanded them for a song in strange land.

c. They could not sing the Lord’s song in a strange land.

Main Idea: The children of Israel were taken into captivity by Babylon.

A. They were disobedient to God.

B. God allowed the Babylonians to take them into captivity.

Conclusion: The Lord punishes disobedience in order t