Being a Pastor 13 – The Sermon 6


Okay, we’ve chosen our 3 points, our message and our three subpoints.

sermon3

Now, what I do is I put in a temporary section at the top, and paste in a template I’ve used since 2013 or so. It helps to focus on – what am I trying to preach?

One of the first mistakes I noticed in my first few sermons was I was trying to teach EVERY doctrine in EVERY sermon. I began to use the sermon template because my seminary demanded it… and I noticed that by completing every section, I was kept on track.

Here it is.

1. Purpose

__2. Who,What,Where, When,Why,How

__3. Brainstorming

__4. Research

__5. Text gathering

__6. Categorizing

__7. Outlining

__8. Definitions-Restatements

__9. Comparisons-Contrasts-Synonyms

__10. Facts-Statistics

___11. Explanations

__12. Examples

__13. Illustrations

__14. Quotes

__15. Application

__16. 14 word summary

__1. Purpose

__2. Who,What,Where, When, Why How

__3. Brainstorming

__4. Research

__5. Text gathering

__6. Categorizing

__7. Outlining

Point 1 –

1. State

2. Educate

3. Illustrate

Point 2 –

1. State

2. Educate

3. Illustrate

Point 3 –

1. State

2. Educate

3. Illustrate

__8. Definitions-Restatements

__9. Comparisons-Contrasts-Synonyms

__10. Facts-Statistics

__11. Explanations

__12. Examples

__13. Illustrations

__14. Quotes

__15. Application

__16. 14 Word Summary

I’ve got it taking up so much vertical room so you can copy it and paste it right into the Sermon Editor. Once you’re done filing it out, then copying and pasting the results into the sermon body, you DELETE the text. This keeps you from skewing the results in your sermon time (which now has increased by one minute).

The list repeats, because the first 16 is a checklist, the other 16 is actual areas where you enter information.

Notice the 14 word summary is already done in previous posts. That’s right at the end of your sermon. And it should segue into the “And if you do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, there’s no better time than right now….” ending of the service and “Just as I am” for the next 62 minutes of standing and vainly waiting for someone to come forward.

When you read something from a commentary you think is good to express in the sermon, that goes in the Research section. So, you’d paste in… “The scribes and Pharisees are not ill-naturedly seeking to entangle Jesus. They are genuinely bewildered; and in a very short time they are going to be genuinely outraged and shocked; for the basic importance of this passage is that it is not so much a clash between Jesus and the Pharisees in a personal way; it is something far more—it is the collision of two views of religion and two views of the demands of God.

William Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew, Third Ed., The New Daily Study Bible (Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 2001), 128.”

Paste that into your sermon file, and let’s get ready to do more research tomorrow.

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Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???