Step 8: Connect Your Points

Yes sir…we rounding the home stretch now…

We have come a good ways…

We took a new text…

We have exegeted the text…

And now we have distilled the exegesis into a number of points.

NOW…

How long are you going to preach?

Set aside about 5 minutes for each point.

So let’s assume you are going to preach for 25 minutes…

Lets take 5 minutes for an introduction…

5 minutes for a celebrative close.

And that leaves 15 minutes…

So we need to find 3 points…

Go to your 10 points…and find 3 of them…

Now each point, think about how they relate to each other and how you will develop the point.

How do you develop the point?

Clearly define the point…

Clearly describe the point…

Clearly give a reference for the point…

Clearly illustrate the point…

And finally, clearly celebrate the point…

OK…that’s how you develop a point…now how do you relate the points to each other?

Think about a theme that emerges form the points. Do they support a theme? Where there is your theme…

And it emerged from your sermonic process…

Is there a subject that emerges? There it is…

Is there a question that each of the points are the answer to? Then maybe a question is your thing that holds the sermon together.

You could end up with something like: 3 steps to X…

Or How to do Y…

Or What to do when you need to Z…

You know…just play around…Try to allow this to emerge from your exegesis.

After you have done this, you are well on the way to writing out your sermon manuscript, if that is what you want to do…

Now what are we going to do for our 30 minutes today:

1) Pray…

2) Evaluate your points to find the 3 points for your 25 minute sermon that you can develop and that fit together.

3) Write down those 3 points.

4)Write down how the points fit together. Is your sermon 3 answers to a question, is it 3 steps to some state, is it 3 views of a theme, is it something else?

If you want a full scale homiletic method, then go check out mine at http://www.superchargeyoursermons.net
Till next time…

Brother Sherman

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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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