One clear sentence defining what the sermon is about.Does it accurately reflect the text?Does it accurately reflect the direction of the sermon?Is it relevant to the needs of the congregation?
Ask one question of the key thoughtHow, when, where, why, who, which, or whatAnswer the question with a plural keyword and a number Examples 3 ways, 4 situations, 2 steps, 5 reasons, 3 areas, 2 resources, 3 thoughts, 2 warnings, etc.
Study the passage as a part of the larger unit to gain perspective.What are the main points, the chief ideas in the text? How are they related?Build your main points on those chief ideas from the text. Three example sermons of mine Victory over Suffering (COM69)The LORD Who Brought Them Out (July 18, 2010)Pressing Toward the Goal (Sept 19, 2010)
Making a sermon outline
By Kelvin S. Jones<br />For Introduction to Homileticsat Burmese Bible School<br />Reference: Introduction to Homiletics by Donald E. Demaray <br />Making a Sermon Outline<br />
Think About Your Purpose<br />Sermon plan gives direction.<br />Study the chosen text<br />What is the response you hope for?<br />“Know, feel and do”<br />
Choose your points<br />Did I stick to the topic?<br />Are the points held together in some way? Do they seem a unity?<br />How many points?<br />What is the best sequence?<br />Can I enhance them by parallelism?<br />Can I enhance them by alliteration?<br />Have I stated them in a way that takes advantage of movement in the text?<br />Have I stated them in a way that helps with the visualization of the message?<br />
The Expository Outline<br />What is it? The sermon organization is controlled by the organization of the text itself. <br />
Class Exercise – Psalm 1<br />Series is called: Wisdom In the Psalms<br />What key things do you notice in the Psalm that will help you in making a sermon about it?<br />Write a key thought:<br />What will your main points be?<br />What is the best order for them?<br />In what form will they communicate best?<br />