Preaching Essentials: Goal Driven Method

There are 5 sermon development methods we will cover in "Preaching Essentials":

  1. Topical Method
  2. Goal Driven Method
  3. Truth-Anchored Proposition Method
  4. Application-Anchored Proposition Method
  5. Bible Study Method

These sermon development methods come into play in the 4th step of our "4 Steps of Sermon Development".

This is the Goal Driven Method.

Step 1: Define goals for the main points.

Once you have the main idea of the scripture, you need to define goals for your sermon. These goals then become the main points of your message.

Here are some questions that will help you define your goals:

  • What is it that you want people to walk away with after hearing your sermon?
  • Is there something you want people to understand, to know, to recognize, to admit, to acknowledge?
  • Are there things you want people to do in response?
  • Are there specific changes you are asking them to make?

For instance, if the main idea of your scripture is, “Jesus taught His disciples how to pray”, then here are a few goals you might come up with:

  • To recognize the importance of personal, private prayer
  • To know how not to pray
  • To know how to pray

To turn these into main points, simply remove the beginning part (likely a verb). For example:

  • To recognize the importance of personal, private prayer -> The importance of personal, private prayer
  • To know how not to pray -> How not to pray
  • To know how to pray -> How to pray

Here is a basic outline for this sermon development method:  

[Scripture]
[Main Idea]
[Goals]

[Introduction: Be sure to introduce the main idea and read the scripture]

[Main Point #1: 1st goal]
[Main Point #2: 2nd goal]
[Main Point #3: 3rd goal]

[Conclusion]