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5 Different Ways to Prepare a Sermon: Pastors Share Their Secrets

Aron Kirk on How to Prepare a Sermon

  • Tuesday morning from 7 a.m.-noon:
    • Pray and ask God to help me/guide me on this message
    • Read the Scripture for that week
    • Read a commentary on the passage (usually David Guzik or Matthew Henry from BlueLetterBible.com)
    • Research key phrases/words in original language (again using Blue Letter Bible.com)
  • Wednesday all day:
    • Pray and ask God to help me and guide me
    • Write entire message (I don’t full manuscript, but rather what I would call an “extended-notation” form; notes but with important sections written out)
  • Thursday morning 7 a.m.-noon:
    • Pray and ask God to help me and guide me
    • edit message and practice it (repeat)
  • Sunday morning 5 a.m.-7 a.m.:
    • final run through and edits
    • Pray for the Holy Spirit to help me speak it and to open hearts to be receptive to it and to apply it accordingly to those hearts!
      • Usually do this after the final run through while driving to the church

This schedule depends on a sermon calendar having been determined in advance (at least a few months out). Without having that, I think I would be too overwhelmed and stressed out to try to figure out the topic/scripture to preach on as well as the research, writing, editing and practicing!

Joe Hoagland on How to Prepare a Sermon

My process is pretty consistent from week to week. On Monday and Tuesday I am mainly looking for the context of the passage or topic that I am preaching on with commentaries and other sermons. I then start compiling potential illustrations. On Wednesday I put it all together and on Thursday I work on exactly how I want to present the sermon text I have. I segment a specific portion of time on Saturday night for prayer specific to the sermon and people who are going to hear.

  • Monday
    • Find Passage and start study
  • Tuesday
    • Continue study: consult commentaries and  past sermons, compile illustrations
  • Wednesday
    • Craft sermon text or outline
  • Thursday
    • Work on the Presentation of the content
  • Saturday night
    • Pray for the people about to hear the message, and that I might speak God’s word faithfully  
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Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.