Sermon Preparation Part 3 - Filling Out the Outline - by C. Matthew McMahonSermon Preparation and Guidelines for Expository Preaching
“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.