In the conclusion, tell the people what you have told them. Sum up your points. Bring your thoughts to a logical conclusion. I’ve sat through a number of messages that had conclusions which had nothing to do with the message. Often we attempt an altar call based on the second coming of Christ when we never mentioned His coming in our message. Be consistent. Use an action step to prompt the people to do more than just listen. You may have the people come forward, lead them in some commitment to the Lord, or have them do something right then. A powerful action step makes the difference between a sermon and a lesson.


So there you have it: a simple, easy-to-use method of sermon and lesson preparation. Long-range planning, disciplined Spirit-led study, and careful work add up to effective preaching and teaching. You’ll approach Sunday morning with more confidence. You’ll find that you’ll be able to apply theological truths in practical ways. Your people will be able to make Christianity work better for them.

You have learned easy-to-use methods to organize your thoughts, build sermons and lessons, and store completed outlines. Now you must put it into practice. If you have been working on a sermon or lesson along with this article, you are off to a great beginning.