Basic Sermon Structure (part one)
Three architectural laws nearly every sermon should follow.See theme
There is no single mold into which all sermons should be poured. Good habits of preaching do not develop like a good golf swing, in which the instructor says, " Do it this way every time! " Nevertheless all sermons should follow basic guidelines for the sake of clear and relevant communication.
I write from the perspective of the " the big idea. " That is, every sermon has one central thesis, homiletical proposition, or " big idea. " This grows out of a long-standing tradition of rhetorical theory and practice as well as a sound hermeneutic that attempts to represent the biblical author's intent for the sermon's passage.
One of the definite advantages of the " big idea " is that the sermon has a single thesis. The sermon moves down one road toward one destination. Thus, listeners need to grasp only one imperative, one principle or one truth, rather than seek to filter out a few helpful ideas amidst disarray. Yet, too often, I listen to sermons ...