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So you want a sermon
planning guide eh?

by Ed Thomason

Here is an "original" approach to sermon planning that can bring both variety and completeness to your sermon presentations. This guide begins with the "big picture" so to speak. It gives a general theme for each specific service during each month. 

    For example, the sermon selected for the 1st Sunday morning will follow the basic theme: "Our Life Together." The actual sermon may be expository and may be devotional or supportive. (See Sermon "tips")

    Each month you should try to select a text and topic that would fall under this general heading of "Our Life Together" for the 1st Sunday of the month. Neat eh? If you don't like this order try rearranging the order. Since most months only have 8 Sunday services, I chose those that deal with specific congregational issues for those rare 5th Sunday months. 

1
WEEK ONE am

MORNING SERVICE
Theme: 
"OUR LIFE TOGETHER"
(A challenge toward
 church life together)

Objective: Devotional or Supportive

Text: Acts or Epistles
Expository sermon

 

2
WEEK ONE pm

EVENING SERVICE
Theme: 
"OUR YOUNG PEOPLE"
(A challenge to youth regarding
their needs and problems)

Objective: Ethical, Supportive, or Consecrative
Text: any
Expository or Topical sermon

3
WEEK TWO am

MORNING SERVICE
Theme: 
"OUR LORD JESUS"
(A challenge to know him and
 be more like him.)

Objective: Consecrative, Devotional or Supportive
Text: Gospels, Prophets
Expository sermon

 

4
WEEK TWO pm

EVENING SERVICE
Theme: 
"OUR PERSONAL GROWTH"
(A challenge to each individual 
to grow in grace and knowledge)

Objective: Ethical, Supportive, or Consecrative
Text: any
Expository or Topical sermon

 

5
WEEK THREE am

MORNING SERVICE
Theme: 
"OUR DAILY WALK"
(A challenge to live daily for
 Christ. Emphasis on morals, virtues, ethics.)

Objective: Ethical, Consecrative
 or Supportive

Text: Gospels, Epistles
Expository sermon

 

6
WEEK THREE pm

EVENING SERVICE
Theme: 
"OUR SCHOOLMASTER"
(A challenge toward greater
devotion toward God from the
 books of the Old Testament)

Objective: Ethical, Devotional or Consecrative
Text: Major chapters of O.T.
Expository or Topical sermon

 

7
WEEK FOUR am

MORNING SERVICE
Theme: 
"OUR ROOTS"
(A challenge to remember
and understand the first principles
and basic doctrines.) 

Objective: Evangelistic, Doctrinal
Text: Acts, Epistles
Expository or Topical sermon

 

8
WEEK FOUR pm

EVENING SERVICE
Theme: 
"OUR HOME LIFE"
(A challenge to keep Christ
in the home. Emphasis on
the problems and needs of
families.)

Objective: Supportive
Text: Any
Expository or Topical sermon

 

9
WEEK FIVE am

MORNING SERVICE
Theme: 
"OUR CONGREGATION"
(A challenge to the
congregation to achieve
its goals, needs, and areas  
which need improvement.)

Objective: Informative,
 Consecrative
 or Supportive

Text: Gospels, Epistles
Expository sermon

 

10
WEEK FIVE pm

EVENING SERVICE
Theme: 
"OUR RESPONSIBILITIES"
(A challenge to work and improve
leadership and teaching skills, and to reach out to others.)

Objective: Ethical, Supportive, 
Consecrative and Evangelistic

Text: Acts, Epistles
Expository or Topical sermon

 

 

 
   

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