Sermon Prep In the Car?

I was driving in my car preparing a sermon…

OK, I need to explain.

I often practice preaching in the car on my commute. I will take one or more points from the sermon I am working on and just “let er rip.”

I don’t do any reading or looking in books, but I work through sermons.

Sometimes I will just take a text. Sometimes I will just take a theme.

And when I do…

Things come to me…

Like illustrations…other sermon ideas…sermon titles…

Well, I was preaching through a sermon when I got caught up with the idea of the song “How I got over…”

God gave me an illustration…

I began to explore the theme and relate it to my text when it hit me…

The GPS System…

You know the GPS System is a constant companion. It tells you where to go AND how to get there.

But sometimes you and I think we know better than the GPS system…so we disobey the GPS…

The GPS gives us a quick “beep…beep…beep” and then says, “Recalculating route.”

You see the GPS system knows that you are still going to the same destination, but you decided to take a little detour.

Those three beeps are essentially telling you, “OK, you messed up, but I’m still with ya…I know you are still going to the same place. I got ya…”

You see the route travelled may not be the best, but as long as you got that GPS system that knows how to make any mistake, bad turn, or messup into just another route to the same place.

Somebody know about a GPS system that God gave us.

You see, God has already programmed the destination into the System. We know we are bound for the promised land. We are on our way to the New Jeruselem. Somebody know they headed to Beaulah land.

And the Holy Ghost is leading us to that place.

But sometimes you and I mess up and deviate from the plan.


The Holy Ghost simply reminds us that God is recaluclating the route.

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that our GPS system don’t leave us hanging…

Is there anybody in here who has messed up…The Holy Ghost don’t leave you…The Holy Ghost just says…Recalculating route…

It was the same GPS System that David had…He got messed up with Bathsheba…But the Holy Ghost said, Recalculating route…And David became a man after God’s own heart.

It was the same GPS System that Paul had…He went to persecute the saints…But the Holy Ghost Said…Recalculating Route…And Paul wrote a good chunk of the New Testament.

It was the same GPS System that Peter had…He denied the Lord…But the Holy Ghost said…Recalculating Route…

I feel like preaching up in here yall…

OK…you get the idea…

When I got home, I wrote down the idea in my evernote file and thanked the Lord for that GPS System that still directs us to Glory…

Today, why not preach in the car and see what comes.

Till tomorrow,
Brother Sherman

P.S. Check out my homiletic system at



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)
  • OT: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
  • Psalm: Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b
  • Epistle: Romans 10:5-15
  • Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
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