How To Write A Sermon Outline

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HOW TO WRITE A SERMON OUTLINE provides the structure for writing sermon outlines that help you preach great sermons.

Writing A Sermon Outline

Why learn how to write a sermon outline?

Well, there are two reasons why you need to write sermon outlines.

First, a sermon outline is your road map for writing your sermon.

Second, a sermon outline makes you stick to the main preaching point of your sermon.

You will be amazed at how many preachers who deliver a sermon without a clearly defined main preaching point. The old adage is true: If there is mist in the pulpit, then there will be fog in the pew.

To put it another way, a sermon outline FORCES you to expand and explain your main preaching point.

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Usually, a sermon outline has a main preaching point, sub-points, and incidental points.

The million dollar question is: How do you LINK your main peaching point to your sub-points and incidental points?

If you don't understand how to link your main preaching point to your sub-points and incidental points, then you are in trouble.

Linking your main preaching point with your sub-points and incidental points requires a HINGE word. The hinge word MUST be a plural noun and often answers how, why, when, where, or what of the main preaching point.

In the example below, you will find that the HINGE word is ways. There are four ways in which you can share God's love for others. The first way..., The second way..., The third way..., and the fourth way... The HINGE word Ways tells you how you can share God's love with others.

Once you have mastered this concept of writing a sermon outline, your sermons will flow with clarity and ease.

There are fours ways in which you can share God's love with others. They involve...

  • Showing tender love (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Showing tough love (Matthew 23:23ff)
  • Showing sacrificial love (1 John 3:16)
  • Showing radical love (Matthew 5:39-41)

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