Do you write out your sermons, use an outline or memorize?

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Do you write out your sermons, use an outline, memorize your thoughts and writings, or shoot from the hip?

30 Comments

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    Location location location

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Michael Ellis Carter Jr. I know for a fact Joseph D. Absher carries his portable pulpit with digitally screening notes when he preaches on the corner of 25 and 11th, while Henry Volk uses 15th century liturgical lectionaries and follows them to the letter text and side margins notes included ๐Ÿ™‚ I did have one student preacher who insisted to mention his works cited while preaching on The Factors that Bring Revival Walter Polasik

    I asked him to change sermon title to The Factors that Stop Revival
    Exibit A: Footnotes to your sermon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    I just can’t use a tablet or electronic device for preaching. Just can’t.

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Brian Crisp

    If you have to right out a sermon then you may want to check your calling. I mean if your called by God then the word is all you need. I jot down a few verses for tome sake but never wright out a sermon.

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Brian I respect you so much that with respect I must say – this was just about the dumbest thing you wrote on the internet today ๐Ÿ™‚ Just think of Wesley, Spurgeon and the rest of them sermon writers. Should they check their calling too?

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Know your limitations. I’ve seen Brody Pope run the pews but when you get my age something like that can sure put you in the hospital

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    Know your God
    Know your material
    Know your objective
    Know your audience
    Know your self

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Joseph D. Absher With all these things to know you may wannt writ them down ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Brian Crisp

    Lol. If you have to write down word for word what you are gonna say yes check your calling. No it’s not a dumb statement just too much for you I guess.

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Brian What about Wesley, Spurgeon. They wrote it all down. It is the only way we have their sermons today word for word. Did they have the wrong calling?

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Brian Crisp

    They wrote down things they said like a journal. Nothing wrong with that but if you have to have notes in front of you to speak yeah wrong calling.

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Nope Spurgeon and Wesley both wrote and read their sermons. Apart from their journals. So did Edwards, Calvin, Luther and yes even Arminius Billy Graham always uses notes

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Brian Crisp

    If you say so then I guess that makes it true lol.

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    I’d say it is time you start using notes and check your facts when preaching or your calling may be leading your congregation astray. Just saying

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Brian Crisp

    I don’t believe Paul, Peter, or John had to have notes. Preachers I respect and love to hear have no notes

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    Notes are good for a scheduled meeting if theirs time. Second stringers gotta be ready. lol an hour or two notice is enough time to get right with God

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Brian Crisp

    That’s the dumbest I have seen in a while congrats.

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    lol I’m gonna move my notes under yours Mr Brian Crisp

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    OK Michael Ellis Carter Jr. I take it back From the hip is right

    Brian Crisp Here is a great example of Jesus reading His WHOLE sermon BTW someone else wrote it for Him that day:

    And there was given unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

    18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

    19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down.

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    For me the most important thing is credibility. And the father’s heart. A word in season for him that is weary. And Jesus name held high

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    Best to have Jesus in the introduction, theme, and conclusion.

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    If you lack notes before your, you are constantly … improvising OR just have nothing important to say neither have put much time in creating the proper way to tell it to your congregation. Good chance they will not remember much of it either

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Nelson Banuchi

    Only preached less than 10 times. I write a thesis statement, with an informative outline and shoot from there.

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    If I remember correctly Jonathan Edwards sermon “in the hands of an angry God” were read. And we’re the catalyst for the first great awakening in America.
    Jesus sermon on the mount the best sermon of all time was without notes.
    I believe the average preachers falls in the middle somewhere.

  • Reply January 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    I’ve learned the very very hard way that any outline with more than 2-3 points and a message longer than 25 minutes will not be well received or even memorable . I am saying this having preached 6-hour sermons with quite some success too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply February 4, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Joseph D. Absher Preaching from the heart today. Subject: SUPER GOD

  • Reply February 4, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”
    – Shakespeare’

  • Reply February 4, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    A rose is a rose is a rose

  • Reply February 4, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    Unless it’s the Lily of the valley, a spring in dry land or a man that bled and died. Then it’s fairest of ten thousand a lamb for sinners slain. Jesus Christ the righteous. Jesus Christ the Son of God.

  • Reply February 4, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Rose was her name and would she have been Rose if her name had not been Rose.

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