Prepare Your Sermon in 7 Steps!

Practice!

    The 7 Steps to a Great Sermon!

    • Additional Information

    • What role do you have in your church or organization?
    • How many times do you have to prepare a sermon on a monthly basis? Alternatively, how often do you plan on using this tool to prepare your sermons/bible studies/talks?
    • Step 1 - Studying Words and Relationships

    • Words (incl. verse #)TypeMeaning 
      What word or phrase do you want to study? Then determine what type of word it is (Long, Unusual, Repeated, or Difficult) under "Type". Finally, type in the results of your research including definitions, historical context, meaning etc. of the word/phrases. Use the "add/+" button to insert another field (use only one field per word/phrase)
    • Relationship (incl. verse #)TypeMeaning 
      Remember the types of relationships (list the relevant one under "Type"): Grammatical Chronological/Geographical Logical Psychological Contextual Genre
    • Step 2: Outline the Structure of the Text

    • Key(incl. verse #)Major or Minor?Notes 
      Outline the passage using its major and minor keys.
    • Major PointMinor (sub) Point 
      Based on its major and minor (sub) points. If you have multiple sub-points under a major point, add a new line, leave the "Major Point" field in the new line blank, and add the additional sub-point.
    • Summarize the passage in your own words.
    • Step 3: Finding the Big Idea of the Passage

      To find the Big Idea, join the subject and complement together. Remember, there is only one big idea for each passage.
    • What is the passage talking about? Best phrased as a question.
    • What is the passage saying about what it is talking about? Best written as a statement.
    • Subject + Complement = Big Idea
    • Step 4: Crafting the Purpose Bridge

      Connect the world of your audience to the world of the Bible.
    • General purpose "action" verbParticular purpose 
      E.g. General purpose: I want to warn my audience Particular purpose: not to follow the world
    • Step 5: Forming the Big Idea of the Message

      To find the Big Idea, join the subject and complement together. Remember, there is only one big idea for each passage.
    • What are you going to be talking about in your message? Best phrased as a question.
    • What are you going to be saying about what you are talking about? Best written as a statement.
    • Subject + Complement = Big Idea
    • Step 6: Developing the Outline of the Message

      How many points and sub-points will your sermon/bible study/talk? List them here and outline them in the same way you did in Step 2.
      What form will your sermon take? Choose one.
    • Major PointMinor (sub) Point 
      Remember the S.A.V.E (a) point principle. If you have multiple sub-points under a major point, add a new line, leave the "Major Point" field in the new line blank, and add the additional sub-point. And don't forget to try to alliterate your points (make this one of the last things you do after you finish your manuscript).
    • Step 7: Add Content and Preach!

      In this step, flesh out the Introduction, Body (main and sub-points) and Conclusion of your text. This is where you enhance your sermon with illustrations, examples, quotations, facts, explanations, definitions etc. I encourage you to use this space to write out the full manuscript of your sermon, word-for-word (even if you are a confident extemporaneous speaker). Afterward, you can develop your full and speaking outlines.
    • IllustrationsExamplesQuotationsFactsDefinitionsConcepts to be explainedOther 
      Make your sermon gripping and captivating by using illustrations, examples, quotations etc.
    • Write a full manuscript for your sermon. Once this is done, hit "publish" to post your sermon for peer-review.
    • Publish!

    • Give your sermon a concise title.
    • Give a brief overview of your sermon.
    • What are some of the key issues being addressed by your sermon? Examples can include love, marriage, money, children, salvation, redemption, judgement, forgiveness, Ephesians, Old Testament, David, Noah, Jesus etc.
    • What section (Old or New Testament) and book (e.g. Genesis) are you preaching from?
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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