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One More Way to Outline a Sermon

Adrian Rogers outlined sermons using four phrases: Hey You! (Get the audience's attention) Look! (Examine the Scriptures) See! (Explain the passage) Do! (Make application) Andy Stanley is famous for one-point preaching, but really breaks his messages into five movements: Me (How do I struggle with this?) We (How do we all struggle with this?) God (What does the Bible say about this?) You (What should you do about this?) We (How can we all live this …

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Think “Warm” As You Plan Your Church’s Christmas Calendar

I've never really considered this before, but Gary Molander makes a pretty deep point about where our audience is when we go into the holiday season. As we design communication pieces, craft messages, and plan services, it's a good idea to think about the perspective from which our audience is listening - not for the purpose of making the message any more palatable, but to improve our ability to communicate it clearly. Listen …

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Mind Mapping and Sermon Preparation

Below is a mind map. Behold... If you've never used mind mapping, you might want to give it a try. I've found it to be an excellent tool for brainstorming, organizational charting, sermon preparation, memorization of large amounts of data, planning, and collaboration. Essentially, mind mapping is a means of throwing our thoughts out on paper with some kind of spatial representation that our brains tend to enjoy. …

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The Two Halves of Sermon-Making

Great preachers and professors today differ on the best way to communicate the gospel. I'm still a strong advocate of book-by-book, expository preaching and I've found it to be a very divinely blessed method in the spiritual growth of God's people. I also believe that expository preaching is the greatest way to preach the gospel of Jesus to our generation. Nonetheless, there is a more important aspect of preparing sermons than the method used. There is also the spiritual …

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