Sermon Preparation Worksheet
This worksheet will guide you through steps for creative and grace-filled preaching.
What is the text?
Listening to the Text
The Five Senses
Use the five senses to get a sense of the text (Hear, See, Touch, Taste, Smell)
Asking Questions of the Text
What's the Good News?
What's the Bad News?
Places to stand within the text:
What perspectives do you see from that give shape to the text?
What is God doing (God's activity)?
What is the human activity?
What is the feeling of the character(s) and why?
What is the literary form of the text?
Developing the plot: normal world, hint of trouble, trouble arrives, we learn something/we get help, our world is changed.
Describe the normal world in the text.
The Hint of trouble:
We learn something:
Our World is changed:
Working with Images, Incidents & Issues
The Image page/Spider Web (What are some parallel modern images that connect with this text?)
Pausing to let the text "do me good."
Where and how is the grace found in this passage resonating in me?
Consulting the Scholars
Look at commentaries to check and balance your thought? Is it off in "left field?"
Sermon in a Sentence
Consolidate your theme into one concise and easy to remember sentence.
Exegeting the Congregation
How does this connect with the varying people in the congregation?
What is the form best suited for this sermon based on the text?
Sandwich (tweaked Four Pages)
Not this, not this, not this, but THIS
Running the story
3 Points: sociology, psychology, theology
Episodal (with refrain)
Writing the Sermon
Identify the key moves below
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