Writing A Sermon Outine

Writing a Sermon Outline provides information on how to write a sermon outline that has cohesion and sequence.


How To Write A Sermon Outline

Writing a sermon outline is a science and an art.

Once you grasp the science of writing sermon outlines, it is only time and experience before you become a MASTER of sermon outlining.

There are two reasons why you need to master the science of writing a sermon outline.

First, your sermon outline is your road map for writing your sermon.

Second, your sermon outline disciplines you to follow the main preaching point when writing your sermon.

You will be amazed at how many preachers who deliver a sermon without a clearly defined main preaching point.

As the old saying goes, "If there is a mist in the pulpit, then there will be a fog in the pew."

The science of writing a sermon outline can be mastered if you keep one guiding principle in mind. Every sermon outline has three parts - a main preaching point, sub-points and incidental points.

For example, you have been asked to write a sermon using Romans 5:12-14 as your preaching text.

The main preaching point of Romans 5:12-14 could be Allowing The Bible To Speak. Your sermon sub-points could be: (1) the Bible speaks in the area of sin, (2) the Bible speaks in the area of death, and (3) the Bible speaks in the area of life.

When you add some incidental points, your sermon outline could look like this...

There are three areas in which the Bible speaks when we read Romans 5:12-14.

  1. The Bible speaks in the area of sin (5:12) Two questions:

    1. Where does sin come from? (5:12a)
    2. Why do I sin? (5:12d)

  2. The Bible speaks in the area of death (5:12-14a) Three statements:

    1. Death comes through sin (5:12b)
    2. Death comes to all men (5:12c)
    3. Death reigns from Adam to Moses and beyond (5:13-14a)

  3. The Bible speaks in the area of life (5:14b) Two facts:

    1. Adam brought death (5:12)
    2. Jesus brings life (5:14b)

1. The Main Preaching Point

The main preaching point is the big idea of your sermon outline. The main preaching point is what you are going to speak about in your sermon.

2. The Sub-Points

The sub-points expand and explain the main preaching point. The sub-points are what you are going to say about the main preaching point.

3. The Incidental Points

The incidental points expand and explain the sub-points. The incidental points are what you are going to say about the sub-points.

4. Linking Main Preaching Point With Sub-Points and Incidental Points

Linking the main preaching point with the sub-points and incidental points requires a HINGE word.

The hinge word MUST be a plural noun and often answers how, why, when, where or what of the main preaching point.



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