Writing a Sermon Outline 101

Writing a sermon outline 101 helps you put your sermon outline together so that it has cohesion and sequence. In other words, you will know what your are preaching about and the people of God will know what you are preaching about.


How to Write a Sermon Outline 101

A sermon outline usually has a main preaching point, sub-points, and incidental points.

For example, your main preaching point is: Sharing Christ With Great Enthusiasm.

Your sub-points are: We need to have the right heart, goal, and challenge.

The million dollar question is: How do you LINK your main preaching point with your sub-points and incidental points?

If you don't understand how to LINK your main preaching point to your sub-points and incidental points, then you will find it very difficult to preach your sermon cohesively and sequentially.

Linking your main preaching point with your sub-points and incidental points requires a HINGE word.

The hinge word MUST be a plural noun and often answers how, why, when, where, or what of the main preaching point.

In the above example, you will find that the hinge word could be ways or attributes.

There are three attributes required to share Christ with Great Enthusiasm. The first attribute is...the second attribute is..., and the third attribute is...

The hinge word attributes tells you what is involved in sharing Christ with Great Enthusiasm.

When you preach your sermon outline this way, your congregation will be able to follow you because your sermon outline is cohesive and sequential.

Below is a full sermon outline of Romans 1:1-7.

There are three attributes required to share Christ with great enthusiasm. They are...

  1. We need to have the right heart (1:1) Three responses:

    1. Paul knew he belonged to Christ (1:1a)
    2. Paul knew he was sent by Christ (1:1b)
    3. Paul knew he was set apart to preach Christ (1:1c)

  2. We need to have the right goal (1:2-4) Two goals:

    1. Paul's goal was to make Christ known (1:2-4)
    2. Paul's goal was to make Christ known through the preaching of the gospel (1:3-4)

  3. We need to have the right challenge (1:5-7) Two challenges:

    1. For Paul, the challenge was to bring people to faith (1:5)
    2. For us, the challenge is the same (1:6-7)

Preaching Your Sermon Outline 101

Here is a snippet of how you could preach the above sermon outline with the hinge word in order to bring cohesion and sequence.

The first attribute required to share Christ with great enthusiasm involves having the right heart. You might say that our heart response to Christ has a profound effect on our witness for Christ. Take Paul for example. His heart response to Christ exemplified his witness for Christ. What was Paul's heart response to Christ? Well, Paul's first response was that he knew he belonged to Christ. There was no doubt in Paul's mind that he belonged to Christ, etc. etc.

The second attribute required to share Christ with great enthusiasm involves having the right goal. Paul was a very focused man. He knew exactly what was his goals in life were. Paul's first goal was to make Christ known. Paul made it his business to tell other people about Jesus Christ, etc. etc.

When you preach your sermon outline like this, it has a natural flow to it that enables your congregation to follow and understand what the Scripture says.

Summary of sermon outline 101

The Main Preaching Point

The main preaching point is the big idea of your sermon outline. The main preaching point is what you are going to speak about in your sermon.

The Sub-Points

The sub-points expand and explain the main preaching point. The sub-points are what you are going to say about the main preaching point.

The Incidental Points

The incidental points expand and explain the sub-points. The incidental points are what you are going to say about the sub-points.

Linking Main Preaching Point With Sub-Points and Incidental Points

Linking the main preaching point with the sub-points and incidental points requires a HINGE word.

The hinge word MUST be a plural noun and often answers how, why, when, where or what of the main preaching point.

For more information, click on How To Write A Sermon Outline or click on Writing A Sermon Outline.

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