Since I wrote early this week on preparing a sermon I thought I would post this document that Alex Himaya gave me several years ago. Alex is a good friend and mentor of mine, he is the pastor of The Church at BattleCreek in Tulsa, OK:
When writing a sermon
my source is the _The Bible .
my inspiration is the Holy Spirit .
my fuel is Passion .
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
I always want to do 3 things in a sermon:
1. Tell them what your are going to tell them.
2. Tell them.
3. Tell them what you told them.
These three elements are commonly called:
1. The Introduction .
In the Introduction you want to do 2 things:
A. Capture attention.
B. Point in the direction of the talk.
2. The Body .
In the body you want to do 3 things:
A. Explanation .
B. Illustration .
C. Application .
The most important of the three is Application .
Need today demands that you revolve the entire talk around
applications and point out application with each point.
The most difficult of the three is Illustration .
3. The Conclusion .
In the Conclusion you want to do 2 things:
A. Summarize .
B. Emphasize application.
In the spiritual arena there is a 4th element:
The Invitation (or call for response).
Roy Fish says that inspiration without Expression leads to depression .
What to do in an Invitation .
1. Be Clear .
Call for a clear/specific response. People must understand what you are understand them to do.
2. Ask for one step at a time.
Don't ask people to jump over the grand canyon.
3. Depend on the Holy Spirit .