Preaching Essentials: Getting Started

Preaching the Word of God is a great privilege and a tremendous responsibility. The Bible, the Word of God, is a powerful spiritual weapon, sharper than any two-edged sword, and useful for teaching, correcting, and rebuking (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16). What an honor it is to wield such power, such authority, and such treasure. And just as with other gifts and talents, God has anointed individuals to preach and teach His Word, calling people from darkness into the light, and bringing the saints of God into full maturity in Christ.

"And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes."

Ephesians 4:11-14

Yet, digging deep into scripture and putting together sermons is not always quick and easy. In fact, it can be quite laborious at times. Not to mention, public speaking is often difficult, and even frightening for people. Our goal here is to help people with these things.

By the end of our time here, you will have a foundation for developing and delivering sermons. I’ll be teaching you several proven methods and best practices. You will learn step-by-step how to prepare and develop a sermon, from selecting and studying a passage, to creating a sermon outline. From there, we will cover incredibly practical and invaluable tips for delivering a sermon effectively.

For best results, I recommend picking up a copy of Preaching Essentials by Chad Meza as a reference.

I commend you for taking this next step to better yourself as a preacher. Moving forward, I encourage you to pursue excellence. Be the best preacher that you can be – to God be the glory.