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 how to "come up" whit a sermon

i know there are many preachers here... they are out in the street and in the pulpit.. im no preacher, i dont know if the term"come up" is the right one... but im intrested in how one build up a sermon? i dont belive that you use a 1, 2 ,3 method to do it... i know by prayor and by the holy spirit you recive a messege..or maybe a topic to preach on..but how do you build up the sermon ? since there will be no bibleschool for me.. then i might as well have you guys teach me :), so please do tell me how you do it...maybe you all have different methods...

gods peace to you
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 Re: how to "come up" whit a sermon

The best thing to do is know your Bible inside-out and upside-down; Be a man of prayer, obedience to the LORD, and humility.


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Ahhhh the book of Micah says it best, 6:8

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and [b]what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?[/b]


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 Re: how to "come up" whit a sermon

Hi Hmm, :-) :-)
Check out the Ray Comfort downloads on this site. He has an interesting, and effective approach to street preaching if that is what you had in mind.

There's no new thing under the Sun, and everybody preaches something that they heard, saw,or read from someone else.

I'm not much on teaching Homeletics. But, read after great preacher/teachers, ie Finney, Spurgeon, Wesley, and you'll start to get an idea of how to prepare a message.

Also, there is a preacher on this site that I admire. He's Ron Bailey, and I'd read his Abraham devotional, and listen to his RORA downloads (Repentance,Regeneration, etc.)

Also, Chuck gave some sound advice.

Blessings,
Clutch :-P


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I was watching a history video last night, and it said George Whitfield (One of the greatest evangelists ever) never actually prepared a sermon. Does anyone know if this is actually true?

Adam


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[b]Preaching Through the Bible[/b]
Rev. W. A. Criswell

For eighteen years I preached through the Bible. I began at the first verse in Genesis and continued through the last verse in the Revelation. Where I left off in the morning, I picked up in the evening, and thus every Sunday, morning and evening, I followed the message of the Holy Scriptures. God blessed the procedure more than I could ever have hoped.

The response of the people was amazing to me. When I began the series, some of the most discerning church members said I would empty the house of the Lord. Nobody, they said, would continue to come to the services and listen to messages that waded through all those so-called dreary and empty chapters of the Bible. But God had placed it on my heart to begin preaching through the Bible.

The result is a finished story. So many people began coming to God's house that after a while they could not be packed in, although the auditorium is one of the most spacious in America. We finally had to begin holding two morning services. Now, at both hours the auditorium is filled. Our people began bringing their Bibles, reading their Bibles, studying their Bibles. They began witnessing to others as never before. More and more souls were saved. The spirit of revival and refreshment became the daily order in the house of the Lord. It was the greatest experience of my life.

Often I have seen preachers pace up and down the floors of their studies, trying to figure out what they would preach about the next Sunday. I have also found myself pacing up and down, perplexed over the sermon for the following Sunday. But our problems were different. Theirs was what to preach about, where to find a text, what to say. Mine was how to say all I wanted to about the blessed and Holy Scriptures. I found myself like a diver who brings up pearls from the bottom of the sea. For every gem that I brought to the surface and exposed to the congregation, there were ten thousand more lying on the floor of the ocean. It was a new and a marvelous day for me.

After completing the eighteen years of preaching through the Bible, I turned to some of the themes and subjects that greatly interested me along the way. I prepared a series of messages on the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures and another series on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. My preaching through the Bible those many years brought these subjects to the forefront of my mind. I now plan to turn back to some of the books of the Bible and for more extensive study. These messages on some of the key books will, I pray, be doubly meaningful to the congregation and me because of the years of background study we have shared together.

In preparation for these sermons, I always remember that I must have a message to deliver. I am not to preach just because it is 11:00 or 7:30. The Word must burn like a fire in my bones. This is something that God will do for a preacher. As I study the Holy Word, the message I want to deliver is born in my soul. It is a part of the miracle of the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. The Word is living and immediately relates itself to our present day and our present problems.

After selecting the Scripture message I am to present (it may be from a word, a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, a whole book), I immediately begin gathering from every possible source all the information, discussion, and exposition I can find on the passage. I go through volumes of secular history and literature and every other known avenue of information and illustration. I work alone in my library every morning and write out all this material by hand. By the time I have gathered this extensive material to enrich my sermon, I have so thought about it and digested it that it has become a part of my own soul.

I do not hesitate to take anything from any place at any time that will help make the message clear and powerful. I believe in the old saying, "All originality and no plagiarism makes a dull preacher." A colorful word, a turn of expression, a thought or an illustration or a sentence—anything that I can find to enrich the sermon, I seize. To me everything is grist for the preacher's mill.

After I have gathered all this material together, I begin forming an outline of the message, so that I can use the material in introduction, in development, and in consummation. When a man teaches, he seeks to instruct the mind; but when a man preaches, he seeks to move the will. Every time I preach, the message is driving toward some kind of a goal. There is something that God wants these people to do, to believe, to respond to, to work at, to achieve; and every message ought to carry an appeal (and a dynamic one) for the accomplishing of that purpose.

To preach just to be preaching, to preach to be showy, or ostentatious, or brilliant, is a travesty on the name of religion. Preaching is for a holy and heavenly purpose: to win the lost, to edify the saints, and to move a whole community and city and nation God-ward. Every time the preacher stands up to preach, he ought to have before him some definite thing he prays the congregation will do. It may be that he wants the people to tithe, or to read the Bible, or to quit their meanness, or to rear their children right, or to love God, or to witness to the lost, or to know what the Lord says about the end of the world and to prepare for that judgment. But whatever the sermon or the message, it ought to be directed toward the achievement of that holy purpose.

Now let me say a word about the method of the delivery of a sermon. Every man must make a choice that fits his own personality, but to me the only way to preach is without notes. By the time I have prepared the sermon, I do not need any notes. I know the message up and down, back and forth, in the middle and at both ends. I could start any place and preach in any direction, toward the front or toward the back. To get up in the pulpit and not know my message would be unthinkable. If it meant that little to me, how could I expect it to mean any more to others?

Notes are a nuisance and stand in the way. It would be unusual if I used notes in talking to you personally. When I talk to you personally, I do it face to face and heart to heart. When I preach to you, it will be no less personal. It will be eye to eye, mind to mind, soul to soul, with the fervent prayer that God will bless the message I seek to deliver. Do you suppose Peter preached his Pentecostal sermon from notes? Do you suppose Paul used notes for his incomparable message to the Ephesian elders at Miletus? I think they spoke out of the burning of their souls. May God grant that we do no less and no other today.


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 Re: Preaching Through the Bible

Wow Greg, this is remarkable. Am I understanding this correctly, that he took eighteen years to go through the bible?


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Am I understanding this correctly, that he took eighteen years to go through the bible?


Yes, I believe also that Chuck Smith goes through the bible every 2-3 years in His preaching. He does once service a week to go through the bible expositionally and the other service topical. It takes much peserverance to preach expositionally but I believe its the most effectual way to bring people into truth. Many brethren speakers on this site also have through the bible series.


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 Re: Rev. W. A. Criswell

If I had to rephrase that I would have said, that he [i]spent[/i] 18 years preaching through the bible ... once. That is what is so incredible. I know J.Vernon McGee goes through it in about 5 years. Can relate to and love this;

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Often I have seen preachers pace up and down the floors of their studies, trying to figure out what they would preach about the next Sunday. I have also found myself pacing up and down, perplexed over the sermon for the following Sunday. But our problems were different. Theirs was what to preach about, where to find a text, what to say. Mine was how to say all I wanted to about the blessed and Holy Scriptures. I found myself like a diver who brings up pearls from the bottom of the sea. For every gem that I brought to the surface and exposed to the congregation, there were ten thousand more lying on the floor of the ocean. It was a new and a marvelous day for me.



Great stuff brother


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 Re: how to "come up" whit a sermon

hmmhmm,

This is something I am in a search for as well as yourself. I have tried quite a few different formulas, and while I think God works differently with different preachers, this is what works for me. I have found the best messages I have given, as far as I can tell, I have done with no extensive notes, and no hard fast plan as to what I am going to say. But rather one or two Scriptures, and four or five subject areas that I want to cover.

It seems that the more notes I have, as well as the more study I do on some particular aspect of the faith, the more icy the message becomes.

Now, I try to daily read the Scriptures in an organized manner, as well as prayer, and time being still with God. I also study the Scriptures from different angles, like opening to one verse and seeing what God is saying. Also, I try to read books from the greats. I focus very much on my walk with the Lord.

I think that, for me, this formula, just trying to live as godly as possible, and looking to Jesus, and obeying the things written in the Word, result in the best messages, as opposed to staying up late studying a particular aspect of the faith, and then trying to relate to the listener what I have found.

Again, this has worked for me, maybe someone else can glean something here as well.


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