6 Steps To Writing A Sermon

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New to ministry? Seasoned pastor? Not sure where to start? Writing a sermon can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow this step by step guide to writing your next sermon.

1 | DIAGNOSE YOUR PATIENT

Give a message that is personal to your audience.

  • Find out what your audience is struggling with: anxiety, lack of faith, etc.
  • Have conversations with the people you are going to preach to
  • Ask the pastor or leaders about your audience

 

2 | PRAY

Ask God to give you a scripture that would speak to the problem.
  • Pray for a new perspective from the scripture you will choose
  • Ask for a specific solution to their specific problem

 

3 | IDENTIFY THE PRESCRIPTION

Find the prescription for your patient’s problem.

  • Identify a passage of scripture that directly deals with your audience’s issue

 

4 | OBSERVE THE TEXT

Write down your observations from the passage.

  • Write down 50 observations
  • Out of those observations take three that speak to you most, they will become your main three points
  • Sprinkle the other observations into your sermon
  • Get everything out of the passage
  • Find a fresh perspective

 

5 | WRITE A THESIS STATEMENT

Write a sentence summarizing your message’s main idea.

  • Make sure that your ideas are organized
  • Be sure that your main three points line up with your thesis statement
  • Replace any points that don’t summarize your main idea
  • Your sermon should only communicate one message, not multiple

 

6 | CREATE AN INTRODUCTION & CONCLUSION

Connect your message to an intro and alter call.

  • Start with a funny story or moment that ties into your message
  • End with a call-to-action that helps the audience apply what they have learned to their own life

 

Manny Arango

Professional Communicator

@mannyarango

mannyarango.com