Christ-centered Sermon Preparation Workflow

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Feb 27 2019 7:33 AM

I've been asked to share my sermon prep custom workflow, which is based on Bryan Chapell's Christ-Centered PreachingThe majority of the questions and nearly all the explanations in this workflow are quotations from that book. Links are provided to enable to read the quotations in context.

You can get a copy of the workflow by click on Get More Shared Workflows in the Guides menu. Right-click on the Workflow and choose Add to your docsOr go straight here and choose Get Copy.

Once you have your own copy, you can tweak it for your own purposes. If you want to give feedback here, feel free.

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 27 2019 8:50 AM

Yes Thanks Mark!

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Jesse Blevins | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 27 2019 10:23 AM

Thanks Mark! Yes

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Matt Hamrick | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 27 2019 10:25 AM

Thanks Mark, I am currently reading this book so perfect timing.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 27 2019 10:27 AM

Thanks for sharing Mark.

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Bill Shewmaker | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 27 2019 12:58 PM

Thank you for sharing this Mark. One possible tweak that I would like to see (selfish plea): Please add the page numbers from Chapell's book. I have it in another Bible Software program and would like to read it as if it were connected to Logos. If it is too much trouble, maybe just the chapter connected to the steps would suffice. Thank you!

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Peter Bongers | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 27 2019 1:09 PM

Yes Thank you very much Mark!

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Kenneth Neighoff | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 27 2019 1:19 PM

Thanks Mark for taking the time to put this together. 

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Dave Colclough | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 27 2019 1:21 PM

Great! Thanks Mark! 👍

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David Owh | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 27 2019 2:23 PM

Thank you Mark!Yes

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Alexxy Olu | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 1 2019 11:20 AM

Just saw this now. Thank you Mark.

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Daryl Musson | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 12 2019 6:35 PM

Thank you, Mark!!!!

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 13 2019 8:41 AM

Mark Barnes:
If you want to give feedback here, feel free.

I want to be teachable from other preachers! I heard yesterday on a podcast (https://jasonkallen.com/podcast/episode-122-the-preaching-of-john-macarthur/) that John MacArthur writes his Introduction and Conclusion before the body of the sermon. This workflow has the writing follow the delivery scheme.

If the Homiletical structure is determined in step 7.2, what has experience revealed to you about the order of 8.1-8.3? Does is make a significant difference?

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 13 2019 8:59 AM

David Thomas:

I want to be teachable from other preachers! I heard yesterday on a podcast (https://jasonkallen.com/podcast/episode-122-the-preaching-of-john-macarthur/) that John MacArthur writes his Introduction and Conclusion before the body of the sermon. This workflow has the writing follow the delivery scheme.

If the Homiletical structure is determined in step 7.2, what has experience revealed to you about the order of 8.1-8.3? Does is make a significant difference?

Bryan Chappell says this:

Homiletics experts differ as to when preachers should prepare conclusions. Idealists argue that the conclusion to a sermon should be the first component written so that the sermon has a clear and definite destination while it is being prepared. Realists want the conclusion prepared after the sermon has taken shape so that it definitely reflects the specifics of the developed message. Such realists often argue that a late-formed conclusion does not prematurely affect the direction the Spirit may take a sermon’s thought. Realism of another sort, however, requires the recognition that a preacher often has little thought or energy left for conclusions formed late in the sermonic process. Regular practitioners understand that there can be no ironclad rules regarding when conclusions are formed. A conclusion sometimes jumps onto the field of preparation and declares its presence before any other sermonic team members arrive, and other times it has to be dragged from bed and pummeled into service long after the other members have assumed their positions. Probably the most balanced approach lies in generating a basic plan for a conclusion during a sermon’s embryonic stages but modifying the conclusion to conform to the message’s specifics as it develops.

My own experience is that before I start writing the sermon I already know roughly what the conclusion will be, because of the work I've done in determining the Fallen Condition Focus, and writing the homiletical outline. But I may also want the conclusion to repeat or summarise some of the most impactful parts of the sermon, which I won't know until I've finished everything else. So I always write my conclusion last, even though (in my head) I know most of what it will say.

I also often begin my conclusion by pasting in my introduction, and then editing it. That way I can ensure that I've genuinely tied up all the loose ends, and delivered what I promised. Occasionally, doing this forces me to go back and tweak the body of the sermon to include things I'd missed out, or perhaps tweaking the introduction so it promises what I actually wrote, not what I thought I would write!

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ChelseaFC | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 13 2019 11:07 AM

Thank you very much, Mark!! This is so helpful. 

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 13 2019 11:55 AM

Mark Barnes:
I also often begin my conclusion by pasting in my introduction, and then editing it.

This is a good reminder for me and a wise word for novices who stumble across this thread!

Thank you for Chappell's quote.

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