#069: Essential Elements of Sermon Preparation

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    Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. 

    In this episode, I want to talk to you about three essential elements of effective sermon preparation.

    There are basically two days on the preacher’s calendar: Sunday and Saturday. We preach on Sundays and then have to spend another week getting ready to do it again. This is the joyful burden and delightful burden of weekly sermon preparation. To prepare effectively and consistently, you need a sermon preparation system. I call this the essential elements of sermon preparation.

    What are the essential elements of sermon preparation? 

    1. Read diligently.
    2. Record carefully.
    3. Reflect prayerfully.



    • What is your study system?
    • What elements are key to your sermon preparation? 
    • Which element could most help your preparation this week? 




    The Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference will take place September 19-21, 2019 at the Shiloh Church in Jacksonville, Florida. This conference is dedicated to training, promoting, and modeling biblical preaching and teaching. There will be tracks for preaching, Christian education, Pastors’ Wives, Women’s Ministries, and Worship and Arts. Register today! 


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    H.B. Charles Jr.

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