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Outline - How To Give a Sermonette
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Outline - How To Give a Sermonette

Purposes:

  • To give you practice.
  • Settle congregation at beginning of service.
  • Cover minor point, example, assigned point. [But it does not have to be of minor importance]
  • Reinforce pastor, sermon.  

Are not:

  • To show off speaking ability.
  • To move, shake, save the church in 12 minutes.
  • To cover major subject.
  • To go overtime/cut into sermon time.  

10 to 15 minutes on a small topic, or one facet of larger topic, or difficult scripture, or example healing, blessing, encouraging. Or ask pastor for subject suggestions.

KEY:

  • Limit subject to what can be covered in 10-15 minutes.  

Examples:

  • Difficult scripture i.e. Mt. 28:1, 6 resurrection; Mk. 7:18-19 spiritual defilement, pork; I Tim. 4: doctrine of demons, no marriage.
  • One facet of larger topic Prayer, 3 times a day: Being in spirit of prayer, heart in prayers, position, content of prayer. Sabbath what you can do, study and pray unhurriedly, time to meditate.
  • Explain examples healing, blessing, news event in light of prophecy, for encouragement.
  • Don't apologize (time, preparation, etc.)
  • Know exactly where you are headed: Limit topic. Think about response you want.
  • Be warm and friendly not real heavy.
  • Enthusiastic.
  • Grab attention quickly short time don't waste time.
  • Specific Purpose Statement (SPS) stick to it.
  • Stick to key issues of subject no time for wandering.
  • Assume nothing explain background and points clearly.
  • Get a phrase, slogan, basic idea that will stick and repeat it.
  • Round off, summarize with short, proper conclusion.  

POINTS TO REMEMBER:

  1. Is subject appropriate?
  2. Is it too broad?
  3. Is organization good?
  4. Is number of scriptures appropriate? (Not too many not too few?)
  5. Is it interesting?  

COMMON PROBLEMS: (From last year's evaluation)

  • "lacked punch"
  • "out of focus"
  • "practice reading scriptures ahead of time"
  • "choose more specific topic"
  • "needed more stir"
  • "introduced too many ideas"

         
Publication Date: 1985
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