Preaching is one of the highest callings, but it can be one of the most challenging—which is why learning how to prepare a sermon outline is so critical. This one step will help ensure each message you preach is delivered succinctly and clearly so that your congregation not only understands what you are preaching but remembers it once they walk out the church’s doors each week.
Of course, looking at complete sermon outlines is one way to learn about how to prepare outlines. (For example, five outlines are included in this free sermons kit that offers slides and illustrations, too.)
In this excerpt from the course Biblical Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons, J. Kent Edwards gives advice for starting a sermon outline from scratch, walking students through how to prepare a sermon outline for an epistle.
Epistle literature is like an essay. Epistle literature is, by definition, literate. It starts—usually—with a thesis and develops in points, like an…