Remaining Faithful in the Face of Temptation to Fall Away Introduction: Use an appropriate illustration or example, perhaps one about how sedimentary rocks are formed by slowly by extended pressure over time to illustrate the concept of hardening ones' heart. Body:...
Prepare! Outline the Structure of the Passage
Words and Relationships
Find the Big Idea of the Passage
Craft the Purpose Bridge
Write out your sermon manuscript.
Structure your sermon.
Form the Big Idea of the message.
Epta is an online tool that helps you to prepare your sermon, talk or bible study using a simple 7 step process.
Finally, you can put it all together! Use the “S.A.V.E (a) point” principle to explain and apply your points…
In this step, you are designing the “blueprint” of how you will achieve the goal of helping your audience grasp and understand the big idea of your sermon, which you developed in step 5.
The big idea of your sermon is that one thing that you want your audience to remember when they go home.
Take the eternal, historical truth you discovered and deliver it to your congregation in a way that is faithful to the meaning of the text, relevant to their specific context, and engaging to their hearts and minds. Connect the world of the bible then, to the world of your hearers now. To achieve this, your sermon must have a purpose. What does God want to say to his people today from his word through you, his servant?
What is that heart of your passage? Discover the one, eternal truth that God wanted those who first read your text to understand. We call this core truth the “big idea”
Use grammatical keys and content cues to outline your text into its main and sub-points. Every passage is held together by these keys and cues which act like the joints that connect the skeletal structure in our bodies.
Observe and discover the historical meaning of the words and phrases that link up to make up your passage through the eyes of those who first heard and read it.
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