Good Bible Sermon Preparation
Some Simple Steps to Preparing a Sermon
As a Pastor or Bible teacher, you're being called upon to write
a sermon. It can be a quite intimidating project, especially if
you’ve never composed one before. Where do you start? What are
you going to preach about? What Bible passages do you use? How
do you tie everything up in a neat little bow? Can you even do
that? After all, so often scripture is open to interpretation.
Well, if you’re busting up your brain trying to write that
sermon, these good Bible sermon preparation tips
should serve you well.
At the top of your "do list" is to make certain that you have a
passage of scripture that you want to preach off of. Many
times, this will lock you into a subject. For instance, if
you’re preaching on the Lord's Supper, you’re not going to
digress and start discussing the sermon on the mount. Having
specific Scripture verses in mind will make the sermon itself
go much smoother and even, in some cases, write itself.
Another thing you want to do is start the sermon off with a
related personal story. Try to make it a humorous one if you
can. The reason for this is because you don’t want the
congregation falling asleep on you. If you plunk right into the
theological material right off the bat, you’re going to lose a
lot of your congregation before you even reach the second
paragraph. Adding the human element will greatly help in
keeping the parishioners interested.
Finally, you would like to keep your sermon brief. A wise and
experienced pastor used to say, if you can not get your point
across in below 20 minutes, then it probably wasn’t worth
getting across in the first place. One way to keep your sermon
brief is to make a list of bullet points that you would like to
cover in the sermon itself. Try to keep them to 3 or 4 points
in total. If you limit each one to about 3-5 minutes talking
time, you should have no difficulty limiting your sermon to
about 20 minutes.
There are other things you will be able to do to improve your
sermon, but we’ll cover those in future articles. Meanwhile, if
you conform to the tips I’ve outlined above, getting a specific
passage of scripture, starting off with a personal story, and
keeping the sermon to about 20 minutes, you'll find that your
sermon will come off a lot better with the congregation and
they won’t end up dozing off on you.
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