Framing an Outline for Life-Change
The sermon needs a good structure to encourage your hearers to action.
Any good sermon is undergirded by a good structure. That structural arrangement is known as the sermon outline. Those hailed as expository preachers are often heard telling us that a sermon's structure must be derived from the structure of the text we are preaching. Unfortunately, all too often the end product of that admonition leaves congregants hearing sermons that are simply an outlined commentary of information about a passage of Scripture.
Good preaching and true expository sermons must be something more than that. The more results from a reconsideration of the task of preaching, which I believe will also alter the way a sermon is outlined.
Rethinking the task of preaching
A thoughtful review of Jesus' longest recorded sermon found in Matthew 5-7 ought to sharpen our focus on what great preaching looks like. The thrust of Christ's sermon certainly does more than "aim only to clear the head" as J. I. Packer put it, but rather it truly "seeks to change the life." ...