#006: Developing Sermon Skeletons [PODCAST]

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  • This is Episode #006 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.

    In this episode, we will talk about developing Sermons Skeletons.

    _ SermonSkel

    What is a Sermon Skeleton

    A Sermon Skeleton is a written statement of your sermon’s details, purpose, and structure.

    Why should you develop a Sermon Skeleton

    •  It will force you to think about what you want to say.
    • It will bring focus to your message.
    • It will give clarity to your message.
    • It will provide a frame to form your message around.
    • It will help you to memorize your message.

    What should be included in a Sermon Skeleton?

    • Title
    • Text
    • Doctrinal Theme
    • Point (The Big Idea) 
    • Objectives
    • Transitional Sentence
    • Outline 


    So what do you think? Do you use some type of Sermon Skeleton? If not, what bridge do you use to get from exegetical study to sermon preparation? 

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    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.