How Do You Begin Your Preparation?

How do you find Bible texts to preach? Do you have a sermonic calendar? How do you plan your sermons?

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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.

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4 comments on “How Do You Begin Your Preparation?
  1. darcher says:

    Deon Archer
    Please talk more about this.

  2. Gerald Zollar says:

    When I began to learn how to preach I asked this question of my father in ministry Rev. Cecil Murray of FAME LA.
    I noted as to how you cannot just take any text and turn it into a sermon.
    He then had me pick a verse at random. I did then he used his process to create a sermon, a preachable sermon on the spot.
    Now that did not negate study, prayer, research, prayer, outlining, prayer, proofing, prayer, and of course prayer.
    Sermon ideas come to me in many ways, songs, any song, books, conversations, radio and TV, movies, and of course the bible.
    I find sermon material anywhere.
    Often I have a topic, an idea, or even a part of the sermon without a scriptural referent. It is my study of the bible that allows me to function in that manner.
    It is not the way I was taught but it is how I am.

    Preaching begets preaching, listening to a preacher I will envision how I would approach that text it is never as it is being preached.
    The bible is full of preaching material, read it.
    The situations of today were never thought about in biblical days, but how people interact with people has not changed in human history.

  3. shermancox says:

    Pastor Zoller,

    I love this. Can you speak a little more about this picking a verse at random and creating a sermon? I would actually love to interview you about that particular idea for a future episode of the SoulPreaching audio podcast.

  4. levern stephen says:

    I”M A NEW MINISTER BEEN CALL BY GOD TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO HIS PEOPLE I NEED SO HELP IN OUTLINE OF SREMON CAN YOU SEND SOME HELP FOR ME THINK YOU

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