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Sermon Basics 101

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Ok peeps! here are the notes from class as I promised - your welcome.

Why We Preach the Gospel

Isaiah 61:1 We are to demonstrate the power of God, not just preach a “pretty message”

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

Isaiah 55:11 - The Word of God (Jesus) is never “random” - He always has a purpose and a target, and it will accomplish His will

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

RULE: prepare your sermon/messages step by step. Walk the person through the scriptures. Build on one point .. then 2nd point, etc.. Do not start with point 1 then jump to point 10 that’s it step by step -this will organize your lesson, sermon

Lay a foundation first.....then build one step at a time


THIS IS AN EXAMPLE Sermon Outline: you are welcome to use this until you develop your own.

Title: The Love of God (working draft)

Scripture basis: I John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

****ask questions of this scripture: who, what, when, where & how can it be applied today, how is this relevant for 2019****(see sample 2 below)

Your Introduction:

May come after you finish studying-this will give you WHAT your introducing!!!. . . a good model is to start with the contemporary world, then move into the biblical world.

Introduction: Tell them what you’re going to talk about.

I. Point A

II. Point B

Transitional statement (this is a phrase that will help ease your audience into the next point

III. Point A

IV. Point B

Transitional statement:

V. Point A

VI. Point B

Conclusion: Tell them what you just talked about, and make altar call, if appropriate, be specific in your altar directions... or end with prayer.

***Remember*** Query your text!! - ask all kinds of questions of the scripture(s)

These are the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where & why) that can be used to ask questions of the scripture – this is very effective and will yield much information along with asking the Holy Spirit these questions!!>

Who? (God)

Who are you talking about? What’s so interesting about God? Where did God come from?Who do they belong to?, tribe, family lineage. Did this person or event have any interesting events, or do anything, etc. What kind of history can you give about it. Can you compare that, them, it to 2019 or was it just in biblical times?

What? (Love)

Define love, What is it exactly? Is it a feeling, a thought, something that you do, don’t do?What do people define love as??What do YOU define love as?What do scientist say “love” is?

When? When is it appropriate to love? When is it not appropriate to love?


Answer questions with examples, scriptures, etc.Why should you know this, what is the advantage, disadvantage of knowing this information

Application & Relevance:

Explain in today’s terms how this biblical principle can help the hearers. Explain how this biblical principle can be applied to our life today, in 2019

Shared Words of Wisdom

  • Some sermons/messages are born from a thought

  • Always let scripture interpret scripture

  • “If you can’t explain it - don’t proclaim it!”

  • In your research and study, commentaries should be an afterthought, or last not first

  • Make it a habit not to just study to preach, but study to grow!

  • Your character & time will tell whether you study to preach or study to grow

  • Keep journals of your thoughts and sermons, it will show how you have grown and/or the Spirit of God will add to it as you grow.

  • Know your audience (what type of people are you speaking to?)

  • Stick with topic and do what you are told - unless you have permission to do otherwise

  • Adhere to all time limits

  • Always rely upon the Spirit of God

  • Practice, practice, practice (record yourself, mirror preaching)

  • Always keep a sermon “in your pocket” - meaning always be ready to preach, because you never know when you may be called to do so!

  • A few of my favorite "go to" online bible study tools:; yes!

  • feel free to email me with any questions!

Homework Challenge: Prepare a 3 - 5 minute video sermon from Isaiah 61:1, using SERMON OUTLINE FORMAT above & email to

Shout out to those who turned in video sermon!!!, good job. I've created a forum on this site to continue any questions on the subject. Click on forum on menu

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