These divisions do not have to be obvious when you present them. Sometimes it is helpful to say, “Now, my third point is….” Perhaps the sections might take a form like this:
a. STATE THE TRUTH.
- Declare It.
- Explain It.
- Clarify It.
b. AMPLIFY THE TRUTH.
- Develop It.
- Substantiate It.
- Prove It.
- Present Your Conclusion.
- What May We Learn From This?
- How May We Practically Apply It?
Appeal to the mind. Summarize your talk. Restate it briefly. Appeal to the will. Seek to persuade. Appeal to the emotions. Try to motivate.
F. HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SERMON
1. Prepare A Rough Plan First
An outline affords the most effective means of properly organizing your material. Once you master the art of producing a good outline, you will find it much easier and more convenient to organize your talk.
As you begin to examine and evaluate your subject material, write down every thought on a large piece of paper. Don’t worry at this stage about getting things into their correct sequence. Simply write down every valid thought which occurs to you as you consider the subject.
- Select Your Main Thoughts
It is generally easier to find three main thoughts.
- What are the three most important statements you have written on that large sheet of paper? Get them into a natural sequence.
- Which statement should come first?
- What is the foundation statement that needs to be laid? Make it your number-one heading. WRITE IT OUT IN CAPITAL LETTERS AND UNDERLINE IT!
Now ask yourself: “Which statement naturally follows on from the first?” Make that main heading number two. Now you are left with one more main thought which should be a conclusion of the matter. This will now be main heading number three.
Set them out on paper like this:
A. MAIN HEADING NUMBER ONE
B. MAIN HEADING NUMBER TWO
C. MAIN HEADING NUMBER THREE
Now begin to go through the rest of your material on your ROUGH PLAN . Get those thoughts into order under the particular headings you have designated. Let each of these be placed under the appropriate main heading: A, B, C. Each thought then becomes a “minor heading.” Designate them 1, 2, 3, etc.
All your thoughts and material are now coming into an orderly arrangement. This makes it easier for you to study the subject further.
a. Example 1. Allow me to illustrate this method from one of the best-known verses in the Bible, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world , that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The world has known many people who are said to be great lovers. But I wish to speak about the One Who is, without doubt, THE greatest lover of all. It is God Himself!
He loves the greatest number of people, with the highest quality of love, which prompted Him to make the greatest possible sacrifice.
A. GOD’S GREAT LOVE FOR THE WHOLE WORLD
- He created the world and all mankind.
- He loves every person in the world equally.
- He wants every one of them to live eternally.
B. LOVE CAUSED HIM TO GIVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON
- How precious the Son is to God the Father. No earthly father loves his son so much.
- How great was God’s sacrifice!
- God gave Jesus freely for whosoever (everyone in the world).
- He gave Him to die to pay the penalty for our sin and guilt.
C. WHOEVER RECEIVES CHRIST NEED NOT PERISH
- This wonderful offer is available to all.
- God loves even the worst of men.
- Salvation is a free gift through faith in Jesus.