Monday, July 23, 2007

John Stott's 11 steps to sermon preparation

From John Stott's book on preaching, Between Two Worlds. The whole article is on Joshua Harris' website.

How To Prepare a Sermon

1. Choose your text and meditate on it.

2. Ask questions of the text.

3.Combine diligent study with fervent prayer.

4. Isolate the Dominant Thought of the Text.

5. Arrange Your Material to Serve the Dominant Thought

6. Remember the Power of Imagination--Illustrate!

7. Add Your Introduction

8. Add Your Conclusion

9. Write Down Your Sermon

10. Edit it Again

11. Pray over Your Message

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