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Evaluate Sermon Outline

What up preachers…

How did the preaching go this past weekend?

If you think you tore it up…I’m sure there is something you ain’t considering…

If you think you stunk it up…I’m sure that there was something that was a blessing to somebody…

At any rate, let’s get on beginning our next series…

Evaluate a Sermon Outline Part 1

What up preachers…

You ready to preach this weekend?

I hope you are putting the finishing touches on your sermon and not just now starting…

At any rate, let’s get on beginning our next series…

So you are looking through the net and you find a number of sermon outlines…

You start reading them…and you begin to realize that they might be helpful to you…

However, how do you know if you can even use it?

Good question…

Follow Your Sermon Outline

I was critiquing a sermon for a client the other day who demonstrated a very common and real problem in his sermon construction. The preacher told me that he just couldn’t get his mind around how to tighten the sermon up. He had worked on the sermon for a while and was not moving it forward to completion.

One of the first things I recognized while reading his sermon is that the introduction was far removed from the sermon itself. The introduction spoke about four characteristics of X (topic hidden to protect the client’s unpreached sermon). This seemed to be a natural outline to follow. However, then the sermon veered into parts that had limited relevance to the topic. Then the preacher brought in the cross before coming back to another characteristic of the topic X that he had not even spoken of before. Certainly inductive sermons are ordered differently than deductive sermons, but this sermon felt like a deductive sermon.

So this sermon introduced a number of characteristics in the introduction. Then it started to veer into unrelated topics. We have spoken at length about that problem and will not address it here, but remember to ruthlessly cut out irrelevant points. After that he had another major point related to the points introduced in the subject. No wonder it was hard to bring that sermon together.

I suggested that the preacher cut out the irrelevant points and use his own sermon outline that his introduction implied. This gives an important thought. If you are having problems with your sermon, ask yourself, what what is God trying to say through me in this sermon? Your main points will fall out of that. Then follow that outline.

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