preaching for faith

The purpose of this exercise is to develop skill at planning every aspect of sermon design according to the overarching aim of a faith response in the hearer.

 

Faith Text:

 

 

· Make sure sermon ideas are clear and well worded.

· Plan the sermon design with a focus on God.

· Be alert to the faith element in your text.

· Word division statements for the credibility of God.

· Plan sermon development for faith appeal.

· Plan the conclusion as a call to faith.

This assignment involves planning the design of your sermon as an appeal for faith. Complete the exercise with the following steps:
1. Identify in the text the ideas about God that would plead his credibility. These may be directly presented or only implied.

Character

 

Capabilities

 

Intentions

 

Record

2. Trace from the text writer’s material the theological assumptions behind his statements. Every instruction, interpretation, or application has its foundation in the person of God. The imperative is based on the indicative.
3. Write your sermon idea here as you have stated it. Test it for its faith appeal.
· It is it indicative in mood?

· Does it present a faith principle?

· Does it use faith language?

· Does it give the hearer assurance?

· Is it essentially theological?

· Does it claim the credibility of God?

4. Check each division statement by the same tests. How does it measure up to the faith aim?
· It is it indicative in mood?

· Does it present a faith principle?

· Does it use faith language?

· Does it give the hearer assurance?

· Is it essentially theological?

· Does it claim the credibility of God?

5. Examine development throughout and check it for balance in dealing with the barriers to faith.
· Conceptualization

· Rationalizaton

· Visualization

· Actualization

6. Analyze the introductory and concluding segments for their faith appeal according to the tests in item three above.

 

 

12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching / Wayne McDill / 2006 / B&H Used by Permission