Sermon Preparation Worksheet
This worksheet will guide you through steps for creative and grace-filled preaching.
What is the text?
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Listening to the Text
The Five Senses
Use the five senses to get a sense of the text (Hear, See, Touch, Taste, Smell)
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Asking Questions of the Text
What's the Good News?
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What's the Bad News?
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Places to stand within the text:
What perspectives do you see from that give shape to the text?
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What is God doing (God's activity)?
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What is the human activity?
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What is the feeling of the character(s) and why?
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What is the literary form of the text?
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The Plot
Developing the plot: normal world, hint of trouble, trouble arrives, we learn something/we get help, our world is changed.
Describe the normal world in the text.
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The Hint of trouble:
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Trouble arrives:
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We learn something:
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Our World is changed:
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Working with Images, Incidents & Issues
The Image page/Spider Web (What are some parallel modern images that connect with this text?)
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Pausing to let the text "do me good."
Where and how is the grace found in this passage resonating in me?
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Consulting the Scholars
Look at commentaries to check and balance your thought? Is it off in "left field?"
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Sermon in a Sentence
Consolidate your theme into one concise and easy to remember sentence.
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Exegeting the Congregation
How does this connect with the varying people in the congregation?
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What is the form best suited for this sermon based on the text?
Writing the Sermon
Identify the key moves below
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