Back in the day, organized religions saw to it that only priests, pastors, and a select few lay ministers or elders were allowed to deliver sermons in front of the congregation. Today, though, the job of writing and delivering a sermon can be done by virtually anyone. And, yes, you don’t have to be a bible genius to do it. There are so many available resources that you can take advantage of in order to write a sermon, should you feel that the bible or whatever holy book you use is not enough. In any case, if you are assigned to deliver the sermon on this Sunday’s worship service, here are some tips on how to craft and write a meaningful and inspirational sermon.
- Read the bible. This pertains to any holy book, assuming that people from other religions are reading this. Read the holy book and find a suitable topic for your sermon. In some cases, the topic for the sermon might be given by a higher authority. Yes, some religions have a set menu when it comes to sermon topics, scheduled depending on date of the sermon. If that is the case, then all you will need to do is read the holy book to find verses that will coincide or reinforce the message of your sermon.
- Create an outline. The easiest way to begin writing a sermon is to draft an outline to serve as a guide when organizing your thoughts. The outline will allow you to breakdown your sermon in sections allowing you to include every important thought and concept about the topic.
- Check the Internet. Religion has gone digital these days. Many priests, preachers, pastors, churches, temples, and religious organizations have their own websites. These websites will often have an archive of recorded sermons, whether in written, audio, or video format. You can search for a sermon that is in line or relevant with the topic of your upcoming sermon. You can use the similar sermons you find as a guide to create your own. However, do note that you should never copy or claim another’s work for your own. You may derive inspiration from the sermon but do write your own version of it.
- Add some anecdotes. The problem with a lot of sermons nowadays is that it is too formal. There are no real life links to the message making it impossible for the audience to relate to it. That said when writing your sermon; make sure to connect the various points in the message to real life situations. Include anecdotes of real experiences. If possible, lighten the mood with humor. But, do remember that every little thing that you add to the statement should be backed by biblical reference and evidences. Hence, verses from the holy book should definitely be the core of your sermon.
Once you have written the first draft of your sermon, read and review
it. Edit out anything you see that doesn’t seem to be an integral part
of the message. Remember, a shorter sermon will be better articulated
than one that will go on and on for an hour or so.