Concordia Theological Monthly

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The Sermon Methods

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sermon method, preacher, sermon outline, christian, meditation, homiletics

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The three requisites for good sermonizing are: a thorough study of the text, a good outline, and good delivery. Neglecting any one of these will result in poor preaching.

What is perhaps mostly neglected in sermonizing is that which is most important: a thorough study of the text. A thorough study of the text is absolutely indispensable for good sermon work. Without it the preacher cannot make a good outline, and without it he cannot be filled up with his subject, which he must be if he would deliver well, for a preacher's delivery is influenced by his mastery of the subject-matter and the conviction and the enthusiasm which it has wrought in bis own heart.


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 5:14-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars