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How to Write a Sermon: A Detailed Guide

Updated on June 12, 2013

Have Some Fun Writing Sermons

You may be someone who is against following a predetermined plan to deliver a sermon effectively. You may also be having effective measures to ensure that you are moved by the Holy Spirit to give an inspiring speech without being interrupted. But, the fact is that you are following a predetermined plan even without you realizing it. This is a truth which can never be denied even with your best efforts. And, your arrangement would look like the following.

  • Search for a theme to base the sermon
  • Read the bible to collect verses from the scripture to support your focal points
  • Spend a bit of time exploring the Internet for different interpretations for the verses you have gathered.
  • Determine how these illustrations can be arranged in the sermon.
  • Search for more illustrations so that you can make the points as simple as possible.
  • Surf the Internet searching for quotations from great persons so as to make your sermon practical.
  • Plan how to introduce the text on which you are building the sermon.
  • Decide on an effective conclusion.
  • Determine the title of the sermon.

Whatever is the arrangement, you have to accept the reality, preaching is a tough job. If you have to be of benefit to the faithful, you have to prepare well in advance. If you are open enough to accept this truth, writing a powerful sermon is as simple as following these easy-to-practice steps.

  1. Take your favorite passage from the bible and read it carefully.
  2. Take note of the questions your mind comes up with when reading the passage.
  3. Search online to locate the answers. Do not forget to include the answers in your notes for the sermon.
  4. Prepare an outline of the first half of the speech.
  5. Locate the focal points in the speech. This would be an answer to the question, “what are the points on which I have to deliver the sermon?”
  6. Build the second half of the sermon. Here, you have to search for questions powerful enough to grab the attention of the audience.
  7. Combine the speech and give it an effective conclusion.
  8. Give an appropriate title to the sermon.

Practicing these guidelines would help you save much time and energy when preparing an effective sermon.

How to Preach Effectively

Preparing an effective sermon constitutes just one among the numerous aspects involved in effective preaching. You should also know how to bring the power of your sermon into your speech if you wish to be of service to your congregation. Keep the following points in mind if you are someone who is searching for an answer to the question, how to preach with power.


Clarity is one among the essential elements of effective preaching. Take care not to be too slow or too fast when speaking. Try to speak in a way which helps your audience understand every single word you pronounce. Being too slow would make the audience feel bored. And too fast would make preaching difficult to follow.

Practice Voice Modulation

Do not be under the wrong impression that speaking in a loud voice would make you sound powerful. In fact, shouting all through the speech would definitely be cause for annoyance in the congregation. You may speak a bit louder when you wish to emphasize certain points. But, it would be of great benefit to you if you speak in a low voice most of the time. And, do not be too low in a way that your speech becomes inaudible to the congregation.

Make Use of Gestures to Emphasize What You Are Saying

Research shows that Adolf Hitler was considered to be a great orator. He knew how to make effective use of gestures to stress important points when speaking to an audience.

Prophetic Preaching: A Powerful Way to Speak for the Oppressed

Your search on how to write a sermon or how to preach would last only until you gain experience in the field. As and when you gain experience, you are required to be more authentic in your approach. Remember, it is your duty as a pastor to stand up for the rights of the oppressed. And, prophetic preaching is an effective means to do the same. Here, you quote verses from the bible to indicate an occasion in the past when wrongdoing was severely punished by God. You can talk of an evil in the society and the visible obstacles to get rid of them. Conclude the sermon with a call for action to rid the society of the evil you see reminding them of the possible punishment for the same. Beware, do not be carried away by the power this kind of a sermon promises. Doing this without asking guidance from God would create disaster both for the preacher and the faithful.

Understand that a pastor is not required to do prophetic preaching all the time. And, even when you do, it should be combined with pastoral preaching.

A Note of Precaution

When you stand behind the pulpit to teach the congregation, do not let go of bible from your focus. The basis of every single point of your sermon must have a strong foundation on a passage from the bible. Besides, your life should not contradict what you preach. Know that no one who does not follow Christ has the right to be known as a Christian. When you live in accordance with your preaching, your sermon would automatically be Christian preaching. It’s true that you may commit mistakes. But, be courageous enough to confess and make amends for them.

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