My Sermon Prep Routine

Main focus: Observation – Interpretation – Application

Monday Observation (what does the text say?)

  • Pray.
  • Preliminary questions regarding the text:
  1. Who wrote this text?
  2. Where was the author when he wrote it?
  3. Who is the original audience and what is the context of their location?
  4. What is the literary genre?
  • Bible-Arc text to study grammatical flow, unifying themes, and natural divisions that will structure the outline of the sermon.
  • Hebrew/Greek word study.
  • Make a skeleton outline for the sermon based on the unifying themes and natural divisions that arcing revealed in the text.

Tuesday & Wednesday – Interpretation & Application (What does the text mean and require?)

  • Pray.
  • Prior to consulting commentaries or Study Bibles, write down your answers to the following questions:
  1. What is the plain or natural interpretation of the text?
  2. What do you believe is the authorial intent to the original audience of the text? 
  3. How does this text point to Christ and the plan of redemption within the context of the passage and the book as a whole?
  4. What doctrines are displayed in the text?
  5. What does the text require of us and how does it apply to your audience? 
  • Consult:
  1. Study Bibles
  2. Commentaries
  3. Cross-References 
  • Refine, if necessary, what the authorial intent of the text is after consulting experts.
  • Take the skeleton outline from Monday, refining it if necessary, and give it the interpretive meat from your study, making sure the author’s main point of the text is your main point that flows through the sermon outline.
  • What illustrations can help teach the truths in the text?


  • Pray.
  • Tighten up the wording of your outline so it is helpful, descriptive, and flows a consistent pattern.
  • Type the first draft of your sermon, word-for-word.


  • Pray.
  • Finish the sermon manuscript and confirm it has:
  1. Relevant application.
  2. Speaks to children and adults.
  3. Calls people to respond to the gospel. 
  4. Offers a few helpful illustrations.  


  • Pray. 
  • Internalize sermon – read through at least twice, making small edits if necessary. 


  • Pray.
  • Prior to preaching, briefly overview the sermon.
  • Preach to the glory of God.

Published by Alex Garner

Husband | Father | Pastor | Soli Deo Gloria!

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