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Sermonlink sermons have a different win in mind than most sermons. Achieving the ultimate win when teaching may require a different recommended process when preparing your sermon. Here are 5 steps you should take when preparing your sermon. These steps don’t include the spiritual preparations you take in order to teach a sermon, but are just the practical steps to take in order to clearly preach a sermonlink sermon. You can find the sermons online through the sermonlink archives or the sermonlink schedule.

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Step 1: Watch the Kids and Youth videos

You’ll find the links for both the Kids and Youth videos in the Ministry Tools at the bottom of each sermonlink article. Watching these videos can help you to understand the sermons in the simplest way possible. This also helps to encourage parents to go home and watch these videos and use them to mentor their own kids and youth. Don’t skip this step. This step is more important than you think. It will help you fully grasp the lesson and teach in a way that helps others to also understand it.

Step 2: Watch the sermonlink video

This is the short video at the top of the post for that day’s sermon. This video is basically the skeleton of the full sermon. It will help you to understand the flow of the sermon and how one point leads into the next. This video is the one that will be used in small groups and mentoring so make sure you watch it in order to understand the trajectory of the lesson.

Step 3: Watch the related videos

The related topics are right in the article. These are the tools that are being provided with small group leaders, parents, and mentors in order to have empowering conversations with the people in their lives. These related topics can help to provide you clarity when fleshing out your sermon. You could even download these related topics and show them during your lesson in order to encourage people to use the tools for their conversations.

Step 4: Have the sermonlink conversation

This might seem like a strange step to you. The whole goal of all of this is to empower conversation, so the greatest way for you to understand this goal is to have the conversation yourself. This provides you with exposure to the discussion questions and may even provide you with new insights on the lesson. In your sermons you may even want to reference the conversation you had and some of the insights that may even be shared within that conversation.

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Step 5: Write your sermon

Write your sermon in the format that you are most comfortable with. This can be an outline, manuscript, whatever works best with you. Once you have gone through all of the previous steps and spent some time in prayer you will be able to write something that will resonate with the congregation. Another helpful tool is the Leader Community linked in the Ministry Tools on pursueGOD. Here you can see how other teachers are preparing for that lesson and what their outlines or manuscripts look like.

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Make sure you take some time to process these steps and maybe even come up with additional steps that help you to prepare your sermonlink sermon. These 5 tips are just a baseline to help you to prepare a sermon that will help empower conversations and create disciples. Don’t forget that you aren’t preaching to elevate yourself, but you are teaching to elevate Christ and empower people to go full circle in their pursuit of God.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. How do you typically prepare a sermon? How long does it usually take?
  4. What are some of the ways a person can spiritually prepare to preach a sermon?
  5. List the five practical steps for preparing a sermonlink sermon. In your own words, explain the benefit of each step.
  6. Why is it important to get exposure to the discussion questions before you preach a sermonlink sermon?
  7. How do you prefer to write a sermon (manuscript, outline, etc.)? Have you ever tried other methods? Explain.
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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