Say and Do
How to choose a sermon Style that helps hearers experience the truthSee theme
Not all sermons have the same form. There have been great preachers whose sermons usually looked the same. The content and mood varied, but the structure looked exactly the same. Frederick W. Robertson of Brighton, for instance, in my mind the greatest preacher in the English language—his sermons just about always had two points; the structure was the same. But most of us shouldn't try to ride the same horse in every race.
What is it I am seeking to do?
If I am teaching, the form will be a didactic one that calls for preview, clear statements, summary, maybe a list. Sometimes in a sermon you're just teaching, but in other sermons you're trying to create another experience. Some sermons are to encourage, to challenge, to inspire, to persuade, to correct, to clear up. What is it you're trying to do?
Is the form congenial to the text?
I had a sermon from a student who was using an either-or text: "Choose you this day whom you will serve." The text should have provided the structure for ...