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Sermon building follows the study and precedes the delivery of the message. Needless to say, the design and writing of the sermon is at the heart of producing and preaching a good sermon.
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Once you have collected all of your study notes from your research and study and have decided on your subject or passage, you are ready to begin building the message.
Start with the text.
The text we refer to, of course, is a Bible text. Bible preaching, of necessity, comes from the Bible...not the newspaper. The text and subject should already be selected from your studies, but for a logical presentation of sermon building we bring it up again now.
Depending on the type of sermon and circumstances, the subject may or may not come before the text, but the text or texts must be selected and studied and preached to qualify it as a Bible Message. More on selecting the text later.
Continue with the subject and title.
The title is the window into the sermon. It should reveal the subject but that's not all. More on the subject and sermon title later.
The next part of the sermon is the introduction.
The introduction does just that...it introduces the subject of the sermon and tells the listeners what they can expect to hear. More on the introduction later.
The next part of the sermon is the body.
In the body of the sermon, you deliver the content of the sermon and cover the subject or explain the passage. More on the body of the sermon later.
The next part of the sermon is the conclusion.
In the conclusion you summarize the message and make the final application to your hearers. More on the conclusion later.
The next part of the sermon is the invitation.
The invitation is where you press for action based on the message. Truth preached demands a verdict. It is important to ask your hearers to respond to what you have preached. More on the invitation later.
In his book "Creative Bible Teaching" Lawrence Richards introduces the "Hook, Book, Look, Took" method of Bible teaching. I think it applies to building a great sermon as well.
"Hook" them with the title and the introduction. "Book" them in the body. "Look" them in the conclusion. And "took" them in the invitation. We'll explain all of that when we cover each section.
Sermon building is work but it can be fun work and if done right will make for a great message and make a difference in many people's lives.
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