Expository Preaching #3
Expository Preaching: Developing the Sermon
developed by Robert J. Young, D.Min.
Instructions: Study and become familiar with the following concepts.
1. Find the Passage.
A. Where God's message meets man's needs.
B. Is it significant?
C. Is it practical?
D. State the message in general.
E. Draft the purpose statement.
2. Explore the passage.
A. Use several translations.
B. Use original language study.
C. Check the accuracy of the text.
D. Study the context.
E. Outline the passage.
F. Consider related passages elsewhere.
G. This section is critical to making the message biblical.
3. State the unique theme of the passage in a way that relates the meaning to the need.
A. Word in the form of a subject sentence — short, strong, memorable.
B. Include a "key word" which allows for the development of main
headings that are related to the theme and to each other.
1. A classification, plural, and in noun form.
2. Such as steps, ways, areas, charges, incentives,
C. Check again for significance, practicality, interest potential
D. Refine the purpose statement.
4. Word the main points.
A. This expands the theme stated as the subject sentence.
B. Utilize the "key word."
C. Use complete sentences.
D. Be true to the text.
E. State them in parallel wording and make them striking.
F. Be sure the statements allow for development.
5. Develop the main points with supporting material.
A. Use the good variety of quotations, comparisons, accepted
truths, and factual information.
B. Use explanation sparingly.
C. Use examples whenever possible — both from the Bible
and from life — comparitive, negative, positive.
D. Check for interest, practicality, biblical, and significant.
Add the introduction and conclusion.
. The introduction should gain attention to the subject, gain
good will for the speaker, and give necessary background information.
B. Be sure the introduction relates the need you are meeting
and has material that will interest.
C. The conclusion should summarize and give the final appeal.
D. The conclusion is a good place for a strong final
positive example and for bringing the practical implications
to a conclusion — here is what you should do.
7. Consider the climax and transitions.
A. The sermon should have tising action, peaks, and falling action.
B. Be sure transitions make clear the movement from one point
to another and keep the audience aware of the point you are developing.
8. Check the emotional appeal in the sermon.
A. While you should have been including material with emotional
appeals as you have developed almost all of the previous steps, it is
useful to review to see that you have made good appeals.
B. Are your appeals honest, fair, and at the right level?
9. Make a final check for the interest level all the way through.
A. Have you used material with good variety?
B. Have you used good examples?
C. Have you drawn the audience in?
Last updated February 23, 2001.