Step 7: Add Content and Preach!

Step 7: Adding Content to Your Sermon! Learning Objectives Learning how to craft faithful and relevant application points. Learning how to make your sermon lively and captivating. Understanding the importance of outlining your sermon. Finally, you can put everything...

Step 3: Finding the Big Idea of the Passage

Step 3: Finding the Big Idea of the Passage Learning Objectives Understand the importance of the Big Idea of a passage. Formulate the Big Idea by combining a subject and complement. The third and perhaps most important, step in preparing your sermon is finding the...

Step 6: Developing the Outline of the Message

Step 6: Developing the Structure of the Message Learning Objectives Understanding how the context of your audience affects the form your sermon will take. Learning how to develop a sermon outline that is centered around the Big Idea of the Message. Learning basic...

Step 5: Forming the Big Idea of the Message

Step 5: Forming the Big Idea of the Sermon Learning Objectives Formulate the Big Idea of your sermon by combining a subject and complement using the purpose bridge from Step 4. Understand that there can be as many big ideas, and therefore sermons, as there are purpose...

Step 4: Crossing the Purpose Bridge

Step 4: Crossing the Purpose Bridge Learning Objectives Understand the importance of having a purpose to your sermon Learn the difference between hermenutics and homiletics Formulate the purpose statement to your sermon So far, you have learnt to: Study the “flesh” by...

Step 2: Outline the Structure of the Text

Step 2: Outlining the Structure of the Text Learning Objectives Identify grammatical keys and content cues. Structure the text according to its major and minor keys/content cues. Summarize the text in your own words. The second step to a great sermon is learning how...

Step 1 – Study Words and Relationships

Step 1: Studying Words and Relationships Learning Objectives Identify four types of words - repeated, unusual/difficult, long, and significant words. Interpret the details of words by researching their meaning and usage in their historical context. Good sermon...

Let the Amen, sound from His people again

Let the Amen, sound from His people again

A friend of mine is dying. As I held his hand last night, I prayed. I prayed for mercy, That he would not suffer terrible pain but live out his swan song in comfort.  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (Psalm 103:8). I...

The sun always sets

The sun always sets

You have been privy to most, if not all, of my relationships. I've always appreciated the godly advice and wisdom that have always been mine for the taking, and have always provided a willing ear whenever I came knocking, provided, of course, that we had enough tea...

A Message Worth Defending

A Message Worth Defending

Galatians 1:11-24, ESV I became a Christian 2003, when I was about 15 years old. As it is when you come to know Christ and his great love for you, the change in me was quite significant, so much that many people, including my own family, soon nicknamed me “pastor” (I...

God Has A Purpose For Your Life

God Has A Purpose For Your Life

Genesis 49:29-50:26 I enjoy reading novels. Especially ones with a good ending. Don’t take that to mean I like mushy, Disney-like books. I’m more a John Grisham fan than a Mills and Boon devotee. I love a story that is full of tragedy, and yet ends on a high hopeful...

R.C. Sproul (1939-2017) – Faithful to the End

R.C. Sproul (1939-2017) – Faithful to the End

R.C Sproul passed on into glory on December 14, 2017 after an incredible preaching, teaching, writing and broadcasting ministry spanning over 4 decades. During that time, he authored over 150 books and founded Ligionier Ministries in 1971, through which he spent his lifetime equipping Christians to articulate “what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it and how to share it”…

Are you ready to serve God? 

Are you ready to serve God? 

Are you ready to serve God? A couple of months ago, some friends of mine invited me to take up cycling once a week. I said “yes”, thinking this would be a fun way to exercise, but also partly because I thought there was nothing much to it – after all it was just...

A God You Can Trust

A God You Can Trust

A God You Can Trust - 2 Chronicles 21-22 So my niece – who’s about 8 years old - called me a few days ago and she made it clear right from the beginning that it was not a social call. The conversation started off with her informing me that she had done extremely well...