Form of Sermon from Text

The next pattern of sermon creation is to make the form of the sermon correspond to the form of the text that is preached. This is an interesting approach that assumes that you cannot separate the meaning of a text from the form of the text.

The preacher must find the genre of the text, literary and rhetorical qualities, and its intention. Then the preacher would seek to find a genre, qualities, and intention for the sermon that corresponds to those of the text.

To be more specific, the preacher seeks to take the intention and form of the text and honor that in the sermon.



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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Proper 14 (February 26, 2017)
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