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Apr 3rd 2008, 05:04 AM
Well I have been wanting to write some sermons but, I was wondering if you guys could help. How?

Can you guys ask me some questions that a follower would ask? So that I can write them off of that? Thanks.

p.s. I am only asking this, because I feel the LORD telling me to do so. thanks. and GOD bless...

Apr 3rd 2008, 07:03 AM
I got a question:

Methuselah is the oldest man recorded in the Bible, yet he died before his father. How is this possible?


(if you can get this one, you're heading down the right track...)

Apr 3rd 2008, 07:18 AM
That was a trivia question for you.

Seriously though, if you feel the Lord is telling you to write sermons, they should be birthed out of your very heart, from the heart of God. You should be so filled with your subject that you can speak from the overflow.

This all presupposes that you have been truly born again, converted unto Christ, to walk in holiness and righteousness before Him, and filled with the Spirit of God. If your gospel hasn't touched and changed you, it won't touch and change others. I fear that many preachers aren't called by God, but just have an itch to do something good for God, and end up doing far more damage than good by preaching the dead letter, rather than out of the life-giving Spirit.

We have too many dead preachers preaching dead sermons to dead people in dead churches, and this world doesn't need another echo, it needs a VOICE that will cry aloud against the sin of the world and the sin of the church, pronounce God's judgment upon it, strip congregations of false assurances and dependancies on the world, and leave unregenerate false converts utterly stripped of all self-trust before God. Then, to speak a word in season, to bind up their broken hearts, to build them up in faith, and to point them to Christ to be saved and restored unto fellowship with the Holy One.

So here's a few questions that need to be answered in most modern congregations:

1. Can I live in known, continued habit of sin and still be saved? (Heb. 10:26-31, Heb. 12:14, 1 John 3:3-9).
2. Can my devotion be equally towards my hobbies and personal interests and desires and also on Christ at the same time? (Rev. 3:16)
3. Do I need to truly stop watching immoral TV programming to be a true Christian? (Psalm 101:3)
4. Can someone who is in bondage to lust and pornography be saved? (Mat. 5:27-30)
5. Is the new birth essential for salvation? And what exactly does it look like? (John 3, Titus 2:11-12)

The answers to these questions to help you start, are in the Scripture references beside the questions. God bless!

Apr 3rd 2008, 07:37 AM
Well I have been wanting to write some sermons but, I was wondering if you guys could help. How?

Having been in the "business" of preaching for only a year now, my advice may not be the greatest. But here is the basics in what I do.

Find the topic you are going to preach about. Find relevant verses on the topic and maybe even identify a passage that should be your central verses.

Think through the topic. Think what issues related to the topic and think up of real world examples that will pertain to those issues. Think up type of question that might be asked as a person if you told a person your thoughts and then attempt to answer those questions. What type of conflicts might the person have with what you are saying? Address those also. And if you are the type of person who needs to, write down these thoughts (I personally just keep it in memory).

Now, write out how you would your sermon go. Pretend what you are writing you are going to actually preach word for word.

Don't worry too much about an introduction. Include maybe a SHORT story to start. Or my tactic is to simply ask a question. Or you can just start off with reading your central passage if you have one.

Do not, I repeat, do not, say what you're sermon is mainly about at the start of the sermon. Build up to that point.

If start off with a central passage, ask questions about the text. If it is a story, ask a question about the actual story that is relevant to what you are preaching about. If it is something like a letter (such as Paul's) ask questions related to the reason that section was written. All of this will entail some detailed study of the passage and the history surrounding it.

Build up to your main point by asking questions and then providing answers backed up with rationale from Scripture and real life examples.

If possible, focus of things that based upon the actions of people, and not abstract ideas such as doctrines. People relate more to the former than the latter.

Avoid really complicated logic in your sermons. There is a time an place for it, but if you can not briefly and easily explain the reason behind something within a few sentences, it will probably not sink through.

Intersperse throughout your sermon points of application. Don't wait merely till the end to give applications. Do it in the middle of your sermon, and then come back and summarize the applications in the end.

Don't try to have a set pattern your preaching will follow other than that it is building up by question and then answers to your main point.

After you have written out your sermon, write an outline of your sermon. It should include enough detail so that you will know what you need to talk about, but not too much it becomes hard to really use the outline (since you will ideally only be looking to it only occasionally for a very brief moment).

Do not MEMORIZE your written out sermon. Read through it a few times if necessary and think about it. But do not memorize it.

Ideally at this point, you won't have to rely upon your outline to preach. But it is there in case your lose your place.

Don't feel like you have to do all this well the first time through. And don't feel like you have to follow my advice all the time (I am not master at preaching).

Don't be afraid to experiment. But try to avoid doing too much at one time either.

Do not be afraid also to take a different route in your sermon than you initially prepared. Don't go looking to either, but if you are lead to take the sermon a bit different than originally planned, feel free to do so.

Also and most importantly, realize that it is God who is speaking and that no matter how you form your sermon and how you say things, you are not going to have a direct drastic effect on many people. You may affect a few directly, but not many. Most people are touched by a sermon not because of the skill of the preacher himself but because God is working through the sermon. The skills necessary to drastically change people on our own preaching ability require dishonest tactics that do not in the long term promote holiness or trust in God. To be honest in our preaching "tactics" mean we are not going to just win many people over simply by our logic and preaching. God does that directly for the bulk of them.

Apr 3rd 2008, 07:42 AM
Being female and having no position, I'm not going to be preaching any sermons, so I may be the wrong person to ask... but if I were you, I'd pray before I wrote, when I got stuck I'd pray some more, and I'd keep solidly grounded in scripture.

Perhaps rather than write a sermon, you should write a skeleton plan, with the scriptures to be quoted written out, so you can stay on track. And pray before you speak. Jesus tells his disciples not to worry about what they will say when on trial for their faith. I think that a preacher shouldn't worry about what to say either, but should pray and trust the Holy Spirit to guide their words, and open the hearts of the hearers.

Themes for you to ponder.

God opens the ears and tongues of the deaf and dumb. (Look at Christ's miracles.) Imagine if you were that deaf and dumb man - the first voice you hear is Christ's. The first thing you ever say is a stuttering thank you...

What do you think that man did with his newly opened ears and tongue? When he heard did it ever get old to him? Did he ever take for granted the gift of God? When he spoke, did he praise the God who gave him his tongue?

When God opens our ears, and we truly hear HIS word, do we remain awestruck? Do we listen with amazement and wonder? Or do we get bored. Do we continually sing His praises, when we've become Christian, is our heart overflowing with love for Him? Or do we become dull, and use our lives and conversation talking about ordinary things to the exclusion of Him.

Do we despise the gift He gave. Do we say, "I know Jesus died to save me... but I wish He'd answer this prayer, or that prayer..." As though salvation wasn't enough, as though Jesus wasn't enough...

Anyway, that's probably the kind of thing I'd preach if I could.

Find verses in scripture, pray about them, and God will point you to the truth of the passage, and help you preach it. But we can't help you preach, not in a Godly way... we're not God. Simply pray, and trust God to open your mouth, so you don't say a word He doesn't want you to say, and you are honest in your witness.

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Apr 3rd 2008, 08:34 PM
Well I have been wanting to write some sermons but, I was wondering if you guys could help. How?

Can you guys ask me some questions that a follower would ask? So that I can write them off of that? Thanks.

p.s. I am only asking this, because I feel the LORD telling me to do so. thanks. and GOD bless...

I can help you best by making a statement and you, using Scripture only, show either wrong or right.

If you would like to try this, answer this post and we will begin. Sound good?


Apr 5th 2008, 05:43 AM
Hey guys/gals sorry for the late reply.

Well thanks for the advice. I couldn't think of anything to write about and I felt GOD to tell me to go and ask. Which I did, and now I know why. You guys gave me lots of advice. Better than questions to anwser.:D