The 7-Step Method

Step 1 - Study the Words and Relationships

Observe and discover the historical meaning of the words and phrases that link up to make up your passage through the eyes of those who first heard and read it.

Step 7 - Add the Content and Preach!

Finally, you can put it all together! Use the “S.A.V.E (a) point” principle to explain and apply your points; craft your sermon then preach with the confidence that you are “a workman unashamed and approved by God, rightly handling the word of truth”.

Step 2 - Outline the Structure of the Passage

Use grammatical keys and content cues to outline your text into its main and sub-points. Every passage is held together by these keys and cues which act like the joints that connect the skeletal structure in our bodies.

Step 6 - Develop the Structure of the Sermon

How are you going to say everything you need to say to help your congregation understand the passage? Develop the “blueprint” of your sermon – from the title to the main and sub-points. 

Step 3 - Find the Big Idea of the Text

What is that heart of your passage? Discover the one, eternal truth that God wanted those who first read your text to understand. We call this core truth the “big idea”

Step 5 - Form the Big Idea of the Sermon

Form the “big idea” of your sermon. What is that one core truth that they must receive and remember? This is the heart of your sermon – everything you say and do will be to help them understand this central idea.

Step 1 - Study the Words and Relationships

Observe and discover the historical meaning of the words and phrases that link up to make up your passage through the eyes of those who first heard and read it.

Step 2 - Outline the Structure of the Passage

Use grammatical keys and content cues to outline your text into its main and sub-points. Every passage is held together by these keys and cues which act like the joints that connect the skeletal structure in our bodies.

Step 3 - Find the Big Idea of the Text

What is that heart of your passage? Discover the one, eternal truth that God wanted those who first read your text to understand. We call this core truth the “big idea”

Step 4 - Cross the Purpose Bridge

Take the eternal, historical truth you discovered and deliver it to your congregation in a way that is faithful to the meaning of the text, relevant to their specific context, and engaging to their hearts and minds. Connect the world of the bible then, to the world of your hearers now. To achieve this, your sermon must have a purpose. What does God want to say to his people today from his word through you, his servant?

Step 5 - Form the Big Idea of the Sermon

Form the “big idea” of your sermon. What is that one core truth that they must receive and remember? This is the heart of your sermon – everything you say and do will be to help them understand this central idea.

Step 6 - Develop the Structure of the Sermon

How are you going to say everything you need to say to help your congregation understand the passage? Develop the “blueprint” of your sermon – from the title to the main and sub-points. 

Step 7 - Add the Content and Preach!

Finally, you can put it all together! Use the “S.A.V.E (a) point” principle to explain and apply your points; craft your sermon then preach with the confidence that you are “a workman unashamed and approved by God, rightly handling the word of truth”.

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