I thought I'd post you the sermon outlines I preached from today. I've actually never taken a course in sermon preparation, though I graduated from college with a speech minor and so have lots of training in speech preparation. There are some differences in the two, but the biggest issue is this: speech outlines, really, look different than sermon outlines. So, if this doesn't look like what you think a sermon outline should look like, you're right. It doesn't.
One of my goals, by the way, is to get back and finish seminary, which will require a sermon class or two. Which, by the way, is intimidating. Sermon professors are usually well experienced old preachers who know how it should be done, and don't like any nonsense. Which can be challenging. Also challenging is the fact that you're preaching to a class of preachers, most of whom are sitting there thinking how they could do it better, and aren't afraid to say so.
Hope you can gather some good from this...
Date: November 29, 2009 AM
Text: Matthew 1:1-5
Location: CBC Monticello
Theme: Jesus as Son of Abraham
The Coming Christ is the Son of Abraham
The Promise: Genesis 12:2-3
God makes a promise in Genesis to Abraham that He would make Abraham great and bless all nations through Him
This promise is God's plan to redeem mankind from the beginning
All nations would be blessed
The sacrifice in Genesis 22
God warns in advance that the true Son of the promise will have to be sacrificed
Abraham recognizes in Genesis 22:8 that “God will provide Himself” the needed sacrifice
And so, we find in the opening of Matthew's Gospel that God is providing Himself the sacrifice:Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the son of Abraham: The Promise to all nations of the blessing of redemption and relationship, by the provision of the perfect sacrifice for our sins, given by God Himself.
Date: November 29 PM
Text: Philippians 1:9-11
Location: CBC Monticello
Theme: Sincere, Blameless, Filled
How we ought to be living
Words are not spoken in vain
Our life backs up our words
Refers to the intentions behind our actions
And the perception of them.
Are your actions blameless? Would a reasonable person think you were really out to be Godly in what you are doing?
If we are living that way we will see ourselves:
Filled with fruit:
Fruit in the New Testament is most often associated with reproduction
Not biological in this case, but spiritual\
Our goal ought to be to bear fruit
Our church and our lives are going to be judged based on whether or not we are bearing fruit
What is this fruit?
Disciples of Christ that follow after us!!!
Count your fruit
Consider the fruit of this church
Are we going to be judged well or badly?
If we are not seeing the fruit we desire, we need to go back to sincere and blameless and reconsider where we stand!