How to plan and prepare a sermon on a text of Scripture
How to build an argument from connected ideas, as either a chain, ladder or pyramid sermon, all of which are similar.
Preaching Manual The Subject of our Preaching What ought the subject of our preaching be? Let the Bible answer that question. Jesus went about proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and lauded those who teach all the commandments of God. He also taught in parables. He warned against preaching as doctrines the precepts of […]
Characteristics that make the Sermon on the Mount the greatest sermon of all time, and how we can all learn from that to create sermons that are truly a full seven-course meal and more. We will see that a feast of a sermon can include servings of boldness, is exclusive, honors the past, shames empty religion, confronts motives, challenges double-mindedness, comforts the anxious, tackles judgmentalism, invites prayer, emphasizes love in action, points in the right direction, warns against falsehood, corrects religiosity, urges orthopraxy and is jam-packed.
Techniques for preparing for the unprepared ahead of time.
Preaching the Gospel no matter what part of the Bible we are in.
Preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), rather than just our favorite subjects, or a narrow and bigoted view on doctrines. Be balanced in style. Balance between the positive and negative.
Combining proof and rebuttal, an overview of the history of Christian apologetics from early biblical history to some of our modern challenges. Several of the more popular varieties of Christian apologetics.
Preparing a sermon that contains humor. The what, why, who, how, where and when of humor. Ten Commandments of humor.
Exhort! Move an audience to urgent action or away from a dangerous action!
God as the entire subject matter for a sermon.
A balanced approach to preaching
Subvert evil in the church
Go beyond using your notes. Be filled with your material, prepare thoroughly, but leave your notes at home. Avoid certain pitfalls of extemporaneous preaching. Use eye contact.
Attack an evil or other inadequacy.
Developing a series of statements that make a complete description of a biblical principle.
How to research several pericopes in different contexts which are tied together with a theme.
Various kinds of fallacy which can be rebutted, the importance of researching logical fallacies, and a sample sermon rebutting a popular notion that can be useful in a church setting.
Various kinds of proof, their limitations and how to present an argument that can be useful in a church setting.
What an analogy is, how an analogy is structured, discern between good and bad analogies.
Thesis, antithesis and synthesis
Two steps of diagnosis and remedy from an agricultural, sheep-management perspective, the need for diplomatic inclusive language, looking at the problem as the problem rather than the people involved, putting it all into the context of the whole problem management process, and the preparation of a diagnosis-remedy or problem-solution sermon.
Creating sermons that also have a sense of adventure and excitement.
Why questions are good to ask, what do do about hostile questions, why it is sometimes best to respond to rather than answer a question, public questions about personal sins, friendly questions, and some other general question-answering techniques. How prepare a Q & A style sermon, where you prepare the questions ahead of time, and an example sermon.
Two or more contrasting views can increase interest.