Bill White: How I Prepare a Sermon

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As preachers develop their signature method of sermon preparation over the years, they often enhance their process by "cherry picking" from the sermon prep schedules and checklists of others. When someone preaches in a way that consistently intrigues and speaks to us, and we wonder how they do it, the answer may well be found in those schedules and checklists. Are there any key questions you normally answer, or paths of thought you typically take, as you study a text and write the sermon?

Bill White: In my sermon preparation I use "a missional hermeneutic"—preparing to preach by looking at the assigned text from a missional perspective. I have six key questions that I ask myself and that we ask our whole preaching team to take time to ask when they come to the text. There are two questions each on the doxological, communal, and missional aspects of preaching, basically the "up, in, and out" of many church's mission statements.

  • Where is Jesus in this text? Where does this passage connect to the life, teaching, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ?

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