Ending the Sermon Series

How should you end a sermon series? That is the question that the Biblical Preaching blog deals with in its latest post. Pastor Mead provides three possibilities:

  1. Summarize the “end matter” in the last sermon.
  2. Dedicate a full sermon to the “end matter”
  3. Review the whole series in the final sermon.

Now Mead is explicitly speaking of preaching through an expository series based on a book of the Bible, but it can be helpful in any sermon series.

I think that the first option can be problematic in, as Mead notes, it is possible to not give the “end matter” the time it deserves.

The one that appeals to me most, however, is the third option. Here you include not just the “end matter” but a reminder of everything you have discussed in the series.

I would encourage you all to go read Mead’s helpful post to begin thinking about ending your sermon series.



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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2 comments on “Ending the Sermon Series
  1. Spencer says:

    As a young preacher in seminary I was blessed by a wonderful book entitled, “Preacher Wait Your Turn!” written by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr. and I found it to be the consummate book for Associate Ministers eager to pastor a church (before his time). However, I can not find a print of this great book anywhere. Is there anyway you can find it? It would be great material for you to include in your God sent website SoulPreaching.com.

    In His Name,
    Rev. Spencer L. Miller

  2. The lecture “Preacher,Wait Your Turn” by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr that Rev. Spencer Miller was looking for can be found on Evangelist Scott’s website http://www.manuelscottjr.org. He has since written a 2nd edition entitled “Preacher, Wait Your Turn II,” which is also available along with many other resources for preachers.

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr has just published a new book, The Quotable Manuel Scott Sr: Words From A Gospel Genius, a collection of nearly 500 quotes and sermons spoken or written by his late father. His father was twice recognized as one of America’s Greatest Black Preachers by Ebony magazine and served as Vice President and Secretary Of Evangelism of the National Baptist Convention for many years. Both father and son have a heart for up and coming preachers and pastors.

    Please visit http://www.manuelscottjr.org for more information.

    Manuel Scott Jr Ministries, Inc.

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