The North American Mission Board is blessed by a wide array of voices that speak to issues related to church planting and missionary living. These blogs represent the most viewed blogs throughout 2016. Our prayer is that God would use these outstanding truths to shape our hearts and compel our mission as we head into a new year.
I have worn many hats in my lifetime that I have, and do, thoroughly enjoy. I have been an athlete, a student, a professor, a dean, a pastor, a president, a husband, a father, a grandfather and many more. But without a doubt wearing the hat of “preacher” has been, and remains, one of the one’s from which I receive the most joy and fulfillment. I simply love to preach the Word of God.
That being said, I recognize that I have not arrived as a preacher and neither has my sermon preparation process been perfected. Some of what I do is absolutely necessary for any student and teacher of God’s Word, and other aspects simply work for me, my habits and my lifestyle. With that general caveat, here’s a look at how I approach sermon preparation.
First, it will be helpful to know how I approach the study of the text and how that relates to the preparation of the sermon. Below is the chart I use to teach my students, and it more or less reflects the logic of my approach. (Note that this doesn’t necessarily reflect my step-by-step process, which I’ll cover more in the attachment.)
Published December 15, 2016