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Adrian Rogers outlined sermons using four phrases:

1. Hey You! (Get the audience’s attention)

2. Look! (Examine the Scriptures)

3. See! (Explain the passage)

4. Do! (Make application)

Andy Stanley is famous for one-point preaching, but really breaks his messages into five movements:

1. Me (How do I struggle with this?)

2. We (How do we all struggle with this?)

3. God (What does the Bible say about this?)

4. You (What should you do about this?)

5. We (How can we all live this out together?)

And I’m not sure who came up with it, but another well-known system is:

1. Hook (Get attention)

2. Book (Examine the Word)

3. Look (Expound the passage)

4. Took (Make an appeal)

The Puritans jumped right into point one of 27ish as they preached for several hours, and there are plenty of other outlining methods as well. I’ve changed my system several times over the years, which I think is important to keep us out of a rut. Lately, I’ve been outlining my messages around three movements.

Where We Are

In the first part of the message, I speak about the problem or issue that the message addresses, hopefully in a way that motivates my hearers to identify with the problem personally as in, “Oh yeah, I struggle with that, too!”

What God Says

In the middle part (the longer part), I dig into the passage, or sometimes several passages, that address the issue, provide a historical context and expound on the meaning. Sometimes there are three or for “points” here, but not always.

What's Next?

Finally, I move to how we need to live out the solution that God’s Word has provided. I try to be as concrete as possible, such as challenging people to go sign up for a ministry, buy a particular book, talk to their next door neighbor, etc.

I’ll probably tweak and change it up again soon, but for now, this system works quite well for me now.

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Connie Mccarroll

commented on Feb 14, 2014

This is really helpful.

T.j. Conwell

commented on Feb 14, 2014

Great encouragement, thanks for sharing your (and others) thoughts on this.

Joe Mckeever

commented on Feb 14, 2014

Excellent.

Richard Scotland

commented on Feb 14, 2014

I think it is good to change our style a bit as we preach in a church. Especially if we follow a Lectionary reading and are doing the same passage we did 3 years before. It makes it more interesting for me to prepare and deliver differently, so I assume it is the same for the congregation. Currently I am following Adrian's style but sometimes passages and experiences (and presumably the Spirit is at work here) lend themselves to a differing style.

Edward Lee Morris

commented on Feb 14, 2014

Eddy Morris--New Covenant Church -Thank you so much for sharing your three POINT any ENCOURAGEMENT to help PASTORS better communicate the word of GOD to GOD'S people is a BLESSING. Thank You Eddy Morris

Edward Lee Morris

commented on Feb 14, 2014

Eddy Morris--New Covenant Church -Thank you so much for sharing your three POINT any ENCOURAGEMENT to help PASTORS better communicate the word of GOD to GOD'S people is a BLESSING. Thank You Eddy Morris

Temitope Olayiwola

commented on Feb 14, 2014

Very good method.

Alexander Drysdale Lay Preacher Uca Australia

commented on Feb 14, 2014

The Association of Speakers Clubs in the uk had a similar focus in any presentation. Tell them what you are going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them. It works well for me. Whatever turns you on as the saying goes. As long as the message of God's love gets across it doesn't matter how you do it.

Cynthia Jennison

commented on Feb 15, 2014

One thing that seems to flow for me is following the outline of the passage itself.

David Rudd

commented on Feb 17, 2014

Recently, I've used 2 Timothy 3:16 as an "outlining template" to help me craft my sermons. I ask myself: 1) what is the good we should keep doing? (doctrine) 2) what is the bad we should cease doing (reproof) 3) what are we doing that we should do differently (correction) 4) what should we add (instruction in righteousness). it's not perfect, but it helps me see the passage differently.

Regi Pope

commented on Feb 27, 2014

Hi pastor David, I like how you use 2 Tim. 3:16. I was taught at the college of biblical studies houston, tx 1) Doctrine - What's right 2) Reproof - What's not right 3) Correction - How to get right and 4) Instruction in righteousness - How to stay right. God bless!

Regi Pope

commented on Feb 27, 2014

Thank you Pastor Brandon, Very helpful article. Dr. Adrian Rogers is one of my all-time favs! God bless!

Regi Pope

commented on Feb 27, 2014

Oh, btw, hook, book, look, took I learned in a teaching lab class at cbs houston, tx.

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