Writing An Expository Sermon

Writing an expository sermon helps you understand the requirements for an expository message. An expository message is simply the unfolding of Scripture in a preaching outline.


How to Write an Expository Sermon

An expository sermon is a sermon that explains a text or texts of Scriputre.

In other words, expository preaching is the means by which you can go through a book of the Bible verse by verse.

However, you still need to structure your expository sermon so that people can follow and understand what the text of Scripture is saying.

For example, you may want to preach through the book of Philippians. You need to preach Philippians 1:12-18.

After a thorough investigation of verse 12 - 18, you need to find the main preaching point. The main preaching point could be: Sharing The Gospel With Joy.

Once you have your main preaching point, you will need to find the sub-points.

Your sub-points could be: we must look beyond our circumstances (1:12), we must look beyond our detractors (1:15-17), and we must look beyond our feelings (1:18).

Your expository sermon is starting to take shape.

We must learn three lessons in order to share the gospel with joy. They are...

  • We must look beyond our circumstance (1:12-14)
  • We must look beyond our detractors (1:14-17)
  • We must look beyond our feelings (1:18)

Notice the sermon points expand and explain the main preaching point 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 main preaching point and sub-points, you will need to expand and explain your sub-points.

Your expository sermon may look like this...

We must learn three lessons in order to share the gospel with joy. They are...

  1. We must look beyond our circumstances (1:12-14) Two results:

    1. Paul was able to use his situation to share with others (1:13)
    2. Paul was able to use his situation to encourage others (1:14)

  2. We must look beyond our detractors (1:15-17) Two types:

    1. There will be always detractors (1:15a, 16)
    2. There will be also the faithful (1:15b, 17)

  3. We must look beyond our feelings (1:18) Two directives:

    1. Paul did not allow his feelings to overide the gospel (1:18a)
    2. Paul's prime directive was to see the gospel preached (1:18b)

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

Writing an Introduction Your Expository Sermon

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

An introduction introduces the main preaching point of your sermon.

If you use the expository sermon outline above, then your introduction would introduce the main preaching point - Sharing The Gospel With Joy.

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 Expository 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 Expository Sermon

The conclusion of your sermon MUST sum up the main preaching point 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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