It is my intention to add a new sermon to this listing every day of the week. I may miss a few days when I am out of town but you can be confident that this will not be a static page. Soon, when my sermon files get large enough I will have a special link to only the newest additions. Right now the most complete links are the ones that go to New Testament Sermons and the one to Old Testament Sermons. Obviously, because all sermons fall into one of these categories.
The mechanics of sermon outlines are really quite simple. The purpose of sermon outlines are to make notes that are easy to follow while you are preaching. Notes that you can just glance at and understand. Sermon manuscripts do not do this. When using a sermon manuscript you can easily get lost when you take your eyes from the page. Sermon manuscripts do not allow for freedom of expression because each phrase is written exactly and to deviate could cause confusion in following sentences or paragraphs.
A sermon outline is easy to read, and allows the mind to creatively form the exact sentences and at the same time keeps the sermon flowing along the planned route.
A simple sermon outline method looks like this. In fact this is what I use every Sunday.
Example of Sermon Outline Format
Your introduction can be written in a more complete form... just to get your started. No more than one paragraph of notes. It shouldnt take more than 5 minutes to speak.
I. FIRST MAJOR POINT: Usually just a one sentence statement
A. First Sub Point. This is a supporting statement relating to the main point. Or a statement speaking about the main point.
B. Second Sub Point. Additonal supporting material for the main point.
Illustration: When you want to illustrate a point, or sub point I recommend writing the illustration separate and in paragraph form like this. This makes it stand out from the rest of the outline. Sometimes you need to write out the illustration so you will be able to tell it exactly but I recommend that you learn the illustration and only write down a brief memory jogger to help you remember all its points. For example, if my illustration was "Mary Had a Little Lamb" I might make notes like this:
Mary had a little lamb... white as snow, followed her, school , made kids laugh.
II. SECOND MAJOR POINT:
III. THIRD MAJOR POINT:
CONCLUSION AND CALL TO ACTION:
At the end of the sermon outline you need to wrap up all the points with one paragraph. If you have crafted a good sermon you should be able to reach a solid conclusion, and then call the congregaion to act on it.
I recommend that you make the notes in your sermon outline for your call to action easy to follow.
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