6 Steps To Writing A Sermon
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
- 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