How I Prepare SermonsApril 9, 2008
The Preaching Course has had a breather over Easter but we anticipate its resumption next week. Whilst prepping for my forthcoming lecture I jotted down a few thoughts regarding the steps I take in sermon preparation. No doubt this is a process which most preachers don’t reflect upon until they are forced to ‘explain what they do.’ In any case, there are four steps which comprise my personal (and hardly infallible!) process:
• Reading the text prayerfully in different translations
• Questioning the text: what does it say? Where is the text located? What is the passage structure? How does the text point to Christ? etc.
• Consulting Commentaries for clarification, interpretation and help in communication.
• Composing big idea
• Devising main points and subpoints
• Selecting appropriate illustrations
• Meditating on lines of application
• Deciding on introduction
• and possible conclusion
• complete manuscript from start to finish
• working toward a spoken style
• making final decisions on inclusions/omissions
• editing the draft
• internalisation of sermon