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Braxton looks at the Theological and Contextual dimensions of the text. Here we seek to understand the social context of the text and the theology of the writers and hearers of the text. Get a Theme for the Sermon — What is the point of your sermon? Here you look at your exegesis and determine what does God want the hearers to get from the sermon and how do you think the hearers should respond to the sermon?

In other words what does the Sermon Claim about the Gospel and what do you want the people to do as a result of hearing the sermon. Write the Sermon — Using the theme of the sermon and the exegesis, write the sermon.

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Be sure to structure your sermon in a way that makes sense. By that I mean that the movement of the sermon makes sense and would not be confusing to the hearers. I try to write my first draft as quickly as possible. Prepare Sermon for Preaching Editting and Polishing — If you have written your sermon very quickly then it is time to actually edit the sermon. Jesus is also a representative of humanity.

Jesus here is representing forsaken humanity. The major players in the drama are the onlookers who hear the word; there is God the Father, Jesus, and the other people who are on the other crosses. What is happening in the text? Jesus is crying to the father asking for why?

God the father is saying nothing and humanity looks on and we find in other texts, they misunderstand Jesus' call as calling for Elijah. All of this material should be summarized and placed into the exegesis worksheet. At this point we should go back to our initial list of considerations and add anything we get from this literary analysis and take away anything that is proven to be false by this in depth exegesis. Historical - Rhetoricai Analysis Now we should look at the text historically and rhetorically. Now we must get out the commentaries and Bible Dictionaries and see what these tools tell us about the original hearer s of the text and the author s of the text.

Who the hearer and the author of a text are should changer our understanding of a text. For example, the fact that the book of Psalms is a collection of worship songs that had some added to over the years affects the interpretation of the book. For example Isaiah is split up into two or three components. Part of it was written to Israel before exile and part after exile. These facts can help us construct the life of the hearer. Certainly a text for comfort given to Israel in exile probably shouldn't be used if the preacher is trying to warn the contemporary congregation of impending doom.

In addition to the determination of who the hearer and the author of the text were, we should look at the rhetoric used by the writer. Let us assume again that you are preaching one of the texts that was meant to comfort Israel while in exile, you might notice the approach that the author uses to encourage this comfort. Sometimes the author will use animals as metaphors of the care of God for humanity.

Perhaps these metaphors can be taken directly into today's context in the preaching, or perhaps they could be changed to find an equivalent one. At any rate, the exegete should discuss why certain words were used in the original text as a part of this step in exegesis. At this point we should go back to our growing list of considerations and add anything we get from this analysis and take away anything that is proven to be false by this step in exegesis. The first objective is to determine the picture of God that is painted by the Bible author.

Who is God in this text? To go back to some an example we see God as one who seemingly forsakes, but also is forsaken in Matthew God cries in anguish to God. So we have a picture of a vulnerable God because of the humanity that God assumed. We also have the picture of a God that is with humanity in the struggle with pain.

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We have a God who lives where humanity lives. The author of the text paints the picture of God with us. Now we also need to look at the use of power in the text to get at the socio-cultural context of the text. Who has the power in the text? Is God helping those without power? How is God doing it?

What is the theology of the writer? What does the writer think God is doing or how God is? Let us look at another possible sermon altogether on the book of Exodus where God takes Israel out of Egypt. The power here is on the side of the Egyptians. Yet God chose Israel. The question becomes which side is God on. In this text God is on the side of the slave. The larger question becomes what does this say about God?

How will we integrate this into a sermon based on the text in Exodus? At this point the preacher should refine the initial considerations further adding and taking away. It will be difficult, but the effort used to do this will clarify the exegesis in your mind.

I would also encourage you to visit my SoulPreaching. First we need to determine wliat tine purpose of tine sermon is. We are ready to do tliis because we liave done our exegesis in tine previous step. Find a Theme Wliat is the theme that you have found emerging in the exegesis? Now we are moving from what the text said to what we will say. Here we are seeking to give a word from the Lord to God's people today on the basis of what the Bible author said in the past.

Sometimes the exegesis pushes a particular theme. For example, if all of our exegesis points to God's ultimate power over all evil then our theme would be God's power. To get the creative juices flowing one might look at the dominant themes in scripture as defined by some preachers. I provide a description of each of these on my website ShermanCox.

You might think of each of these themes and see if they tie in to your exegesis. God is present and active, spiritual renewal and moral wholeness are available, genuine community is realized in God, and eternity is an ever-present reality. Think on these things while looking at the text and the exegesis that you have done and one primary one should jump out at you.

This is what Brad Braxton calls the Sermon's Gospel claim. What is the central claim you are making about God's good news? You should write down the sermon theme when you have determined what it is. It may change some, but you should have a good idea of what it is at this point. Purpose Now that you have the basic Gospel Claim, what do you expect the people to do with what is revealed in the sermon? What is your purpose? Why are you preaching this sermon? Is it to encourage the weak? Then write that down.

Is it to inform? Maybe there is somebody who is questioning God's sovereignty. Write that down if God is leading you to that sermon. Brad Braxton calls this the Gospel Conduct. What is it that you want the people to do as a result of hearing the sermon? Every sermon should have a behavioral purpose as Henry Mitchell calls it.

We are preaching for transformation. Here you explicitly state what it is that you want the people of God to do as a result of hearing the sermon that God has given to you. These are the three most important components of a sermon. Title I am becoming more and more convinced that a good title is very important. On my website you will find a 5 page document that discusses the importance of the sermon title.

I also posted a link to a video by Bishop C. Miller on how to create a sermon title that might be helpful. In a future e-book I will present a method for the creation of a sermon title that will be an expansion of this section. The first step is to think of a short phrase that encapsulates the theme and purpose and yet does not give the whole sermon away.

Along with the summarizing function, I would suggest that the title also be a phrase that can easily be turned into a refrain in the sermon. One of my sermon titles was "God ain't told you to Stop. For example, you may be about to give up, But God ain't told you to stop. You may have barriers in your way, but God ain't' told you to stop, etc. When thinking of these two dimensions of the sermon title, J. Alfred Smith's categories of artistic title creation found in his out of print book Preach On! Try to summarize the message and create a sermon title that can be used in a rousing conclusion that fits into each of these categories.

Then after you have done that simply select the best one. Introduction Now look at your exegesis, especially the initial considerations portion and think about how you will begin this sermon. Be careful not to follow the old idea of telling people everything you will say. While it may be good in English composition, it is not a good sermonic practice to tell everybody exactly what you will say in a sermon. Look for an image that grabs the interest of the people and leads them to the sermon.

It should be relevant to the sermon. Do not tell a joke or a story that is not at all relevant to the sermon. Instead whet the appetite of the congregation and get them on board. As stated before, go back to your initial considerations and look for questions or stories that can point you to an http: Now write out a 1 sentence description of liow you will start the sermon.