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Sermon Preparation Part 3 - Filling Out the Outline - by C. Matthew McMahon

Sermon Preparation and Guidelines for Expository Preaching

Today, many Christians are turning back to the puritans to, “walk in the old paths,” of God’s word, and to continue to proclaim old truth that glorifies Jesus Christ. There is no new theology. In our electronic age, more and more people are looking to add electronic books (ePubs, mobi and PDF formats) to their library – books from the Reformers and Puritans – in order to become a “digital puritan” themselves. Take a moment to visit Puritan Publications (click the banner below) to find the biggest selection of rare puritan works updated in modern English in both print form and in multiple electronic forms. There are new books published every month. All proceeds go to support A Puritan’s Mind.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night,” (Joshua 1:8).

“So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.” (Neh. 8:8).

Filling Out the Sermon Outline:

After exegetical work is done, and after the minister’s exegetical work has been checked, the first part of the outline should begin to take shape. It is important to consider that the text of Scripture itself will give shape to the sermon. But it is the minister’s job to “help them understand” what is being read. So it imperative that he is clear, precise and focused, not wasting or mincing words.

Take a moment to read and consider each part of the illustration as an explanation for the sermon outline.

Bible Verse:

“I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless,” (Gen. 17:1).

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