MIN-430 Topic 6
Guided Analysis: Developing a Sermon Outline
This is the first of three assignments related to developing and delivering a sermon via Bongo in Topic 8.
Respond to the following prompts to develop a basic sermon outline that will be later developed into a written sermon manuscript and then finally delivered via Bongo.
1. Type the full Scripture address for the focal passage of the sermon (for example, Psalm 23 or Matthew 7:24–27). Remember that the Scripture address should be a complete unit of thought (for instance, several paragraphs for a narrative text or a complete paragraph from a passage in one of the New Testament epistles).
2. In 50-100 words, share opening thoughts for the introduction of the sermon. This should not be a narrative description of how the sermon will be introduced; rather, it should be the actual thoughts for how the sermon will be introduced. For example, a sermon on Matthew 7:24–27 might be introduced as follows: “There are only two ways to live life. There is not a third way. Either people hear Jesus’s words and embrace them, or they will hear Jesus’s words and reject them. A person’s response to Jesus will have a major impact on their life both now and for eternity. Which response have you given to Jesus at this point in life?”
3. In one sentence, type the Main Point of the Text (MPT) statement for your focal passage for the sermon. Remember, this statement should be in the past tense, and it should include some exegetical details from the focal passage. For example, an MPT statement for a sermon based on Psalm 23 could be the following: “David confessed that God was his shepherd who provided for him through every season of life.” Notice how this MPT statement is one sentence, and it is worded in the past tense with a mention of the exegetical details such as the name “David.”
4. In one sentence, type the Main Point of the Sermon (MPS) statement for your focal passage for the sermon. Remember, this statement should be in the present tense, and it should include application-oriented language rooted in the gospel for an audience today. For example, an MPS statement for a sermon based on Psalm 23 could be the following: “Believers today can rest in Christ, their Good Shepherd, who gave his life for them so that they can experience God’s grace through every season of life.” Notice how this MPS statement is one sentence, and it includes the application idea of “resting” worded in the present tense and rooted in the gospel truth of God’s grace provided in Christ for an audience today.
5. In 25-75words, list in bullet-point format the main points of the focal passage that will be developed for its corresponding sermon. These main points should be worded in complete sentences, and each main point should be clearly connected to a specific verse(s) in the focal passage to show how the main points are rooted in the details of the focal passage. For example, the main points for a sermon based on Psalm 23 may be listed as follows:
• God provides for his people through the peaceful seasons of life (Psalm 23:1–3).
• God protects his people with his presence through the painful seasons of life (Psalm 23:4).
• God preserves his people throughout this life and for all eternity (Psalm 23:5–6).
6. In 50-100 words, share closing thoughts for the conclusion of the sermon. This should not be a narrative description of how the sermon will be closed; rather, it should be the actual thoughts for how the sermon will be concluded with a clear call for a response from the audience. For example, a sermon on Matthew 7:24–27 might be concluded as follows: “Jesus’s words in Matthew 7:24–27 are challenging. He does not promise that those who embrace him will not experience challenges in life, but he does promise that his truth will sustain them through every challenge of life. So, what is your response to Jesus? Have you embraced his words or rejected them? If you have embraced them, ask God to continue to give you the strength you need to trust Christ through every challenge of life. If you have rejected them, today is a new day. Will you embrace Christ now by God’s power and grace?”
7. In 50-100 words, briefly explain how the sermon will follow an overall deductive or inductive movement. See the “Topic 6 Overview” for some discussion for these basic types of movements within sermons taken from different genres within Scripture.