Writing a Topical Sermon

Writing a topcial sermon is made easier if you understand the structure of a topical sermon.



How to Write a Topical Sermon

A topical sermon is a sermon developed from a biblical topic.

For example, if you were going to preach 2 Timothy 3:16-17, you would need to find the topic or the big idea of that passage.

The topic or the big idea of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 could be: Realising the Power of God's Word.

Once you have your sermon topic, you will need to say somethings about the topic.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that God's word is powerful because it is inspired, it is profitable, and it is dependable.

Your topical sermon is starting to take shape.

There are three reasons why you need to realise the power of God's word. They are...

  • God's word is inspired (3:16a)
  • God's word is profitable (3:16b)
  • God's word is dependable (3:17)

Notice the sermon points expand and explain the topic or the big idea of the sermon.

For more information on writing a sermon outline, click on How To Write A Sermon or Writing A Sermon Outline.

Once you have your sermon topic and sub-points, you will need to expand and explain your sub-points.

Your topical sermon may look like this...

There are three reasons why you need to realise the power of God's word. They are...

  1. God's word is inspired (3:16a) Two ways:

    1. God's word pierces the heart (Acts 2:37)
    2. God's Word reveals the heart (Hebrews 4:12)

  2. God's word is profitable (3:16b) Two ways:

    1. God's word establishes the right belief (3:16b)
    2. God's word establishes the right behaviour (3:16b)

  3. God's word is dependable (3:17) Two ways:

    1. God's word brings you to maturity (3:17a)
    2. God's word equips you for service (3:17b)

Now that you have your topical sermon outlined, you will now need to write an introduction, write content to your topical sermon outline, and write a conclusion.

Writing an Introduction Your Topical Sermon

Usually, you write the introduction after you have constructed a sermon outline.

An introduction introduces the topic of your sermon.

If you use the topical sermon outline above, then your introduction would introduce the topic - Realising The Power of God's Word.

You may use an illustration or story to highlight the fact that God's Word is Powerful.

To see how this is done, click on Writing Content To A Sermon Introduction.

Writing Content To The Body of Your Topical Sermon

Writing a sermon requires you to put sermon content to your sermon outline. If you use the sermon outline above, you will need to put sermon content to each sub-point and incidental point.

To see how this is done, click on Writing Content To A Sermon Outline.

Writing The Conclusion to Your Topical Sermon

The conclusion of your sermon MUST sum up the topic of the sermon and bring the sermon to a close with a challenge. A Challenge that will encourage your people to take action.

To see how this is done, click on Writing Content To A Sermon Conclusion.

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