Evaluate a Sermon Outline Part 1

What up preachers…

You ready to preach this weekend?

I hope you are putting the finishing touches on your sermon and not just now starting…

At any rate, let’s get on beginning our next series…

So you are looking through the net and you find a number of sermon outlines…

You start reading them…and you begin to realize that they might be helpful to you…

However, how do you know if you can even use it?

Good question…

The first thing you need to do is look at the sermon outline and think about whether the sermon is truly a sermon…

What you may be looking at is an outline for a sermon series…

I know…I know…

It says sermon…

And many preach it like a sermon…

But remember one thing we have emphasized is to take ONE point…and hammer that ONE point…

Certainly there are supporting points…but they support the main point…

The main idea…

Not 10 totally different points…

Not 5 totally different points…

No…not even 3 totally different points…

But one point…with the supporting points that help to preach the main point…

One MAIN idea…

Many times, when you’re looking at sermon outlines that you find in many various locations, you will see very complex points.  

You’ll find a point and then five or six sub-points and then five or six sub-sub-points and all of those types of things. 

Now think about it…can you really expect your people to remember all that?

Outlines like that are meant for lectures where you hand out material to the people to follow…

If you want to go down that road…you better give your people some pen and paper and expect them to take many notes…

But no…

The sermon is about dropping that main point in the pocket of your people in such a way that when life hits them from the side this week they will be able to pull that one point out of their pocket and live the Gospel-centered life as a result.

Did you get that?

So you must ask yourself: 

Is there only one MAJOR point or are there many points in this particular sermon? 

Does it answer one question?

Your particular sermon should answer one question and not a multitude of questions as is often the case in many sermon outlines.  

So when you’re evaluating a sermon outline to determine if you can use it or how you’re going to use it, you must determine are you looking at one sermon or a series of sermons?

If you have multiple questions…you still may be able to use it…but you are gonna have to split it up and turn it into a Supercharged Sermon…

But we will get to that…

So in evaluation…determine if it is truly one sermon.

If you need to check out my full homiletic and create your own sermons without using somebody else’s outline then go check out mine at http://www.superchargeyoursermons.net

Maranatha,

Brother Sherman

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Sherman Haywood Cox II

Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.