Scripturally Based Answers For life's Questions
This is an outline from a ministry called “Rookie Preacher” by Brandon Kelley
Quick note: go to God in prayer throughout this process. I don’t see prayer as a step, as it should be constant throughout.
A Step-by-Step Approach to Efficient Sermon Preparation
I wholeheartedly believe in an exotica approach to preaching (a blend of both expository and topical) where you always have a main Bible passage and maybe (I really mean maybe) have one or two supplemental texts.
To preach a biblical sermon, it’s important to know how your main Bible passage fits into the overall context of the specific book of the Bible it is within, as well as the Bible overall.
For example, if you’re preaching Click-John 13:1-20 where Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, you’ll want to read Click-John 12, the rest of Click-John 13, and all of Click-John 14.
For passages in a smaller book of the Bible, like Colossians, take the time to read the entire book all the way through.
the passage you are preaching on, what would you say? Write that down.
Are there a couple of key verses in the passage? Write them down.
Sometimes it also helps to create a passage outline. By breaking down the passage in an outline form, you may find that it is easier to see the arc of the passage and the flow of the author’s thoughts in a better way.
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At this point, we only want to look up what we don’t understand in the passage. We’re not digging deeper on the entire passage right now. Remember, we want to stay efficient.
This step requires some imagination because the biblical text doesn’t always tell us. But if you want to preach in a way that places people in the text, it helps to consider the emotions of the text.
Here, we’re seeking to show the congregation the text. Put them in the first Century or prior. Let them feel it.
For more on this step, I dive deeper in How to Powerfully Preach a
I believe that every opportunity you have to preach is an opportunity to preach the gospel.
Every passage of Scripture has a connection to Christ and our need for Him.
Here’s how to do this: 3 Simple Steps to Preach the Gospel, No Matter the Passage.
Step 7: Think Through Possible Illustrations From Your Own Life – Write Them Down
How have you seen the passage’s main point play out in your life? Do you have a story where you experienced the same kind of emotions the people in the passage were (possibly) experiencing?
Write down anything that comes to mind.
This is where everything comes together. How will you take what you have discovered about the text and how it relates to life and, most importantly, the good news of Jesus Christ and communicate it?
I have six parts to my outline: Engage, Tension, Truth, Application, Inspiration/Action, and Action/Inspiration (the order of the last two are interchangeable).
The great thing about this outlining method is that it gives the sermon a flow that is similar to a story structure. More on that: Improve Your Preaching: How to Structure Your Sermon Like a Story.
I manuscript my sermon (but I don’t preach from the manuscript – more on that in step 10). You may not. That’s okay, but if you don’t, consider these 4 reasons why manuscripts your message is a must.
This last step may not be the most efficient step in terms of time, but it is vital for me. I don’t preach from my manuscript, but I do use some notes on my iPad Mini when I preach.
With two windows of Pages (Mac’s version of Word), I proceed to copy and paste key phrases and headings to a document that will turn into
my preaching notes.
My goal is always to have as little of notes as possible with me when I preach, so I cut and cut and cut when it comes time to go from manuscript to preaching notes.
Now, all that is left is to preach!
Step 1: Identify Your Main Bible Passage
Step 2: Read Your Main Bible Passage and its Surrounding Context
Step 3: Identify the Passage’s Main Point Through Taking Notes
If you were asked to re-word and summarize
Step 4: Look Up What You Don’t Understand – Write Down What You
Step 5: Make it 3D and Process How the Different People in the Passage or the Recipients of the Passage Would Have Reacted – Write
Down Your Thoughts