by John R. Stott
(condensed from Between Two Worlds) IV. Arrange Your Material to Serve the Dominant Thought
V. Add the Introduction and Conclusion
— Argument—anticipate objections and refute them
— Admonition—warn of the consequences of disobedience
— Indirect Conviction—arouse moral indignation and then turn it on them
— Pleading—apply the gentle pressure of God’s love, concern for their well being and for the needs of others
— Vision—paint a picture of what is possible through obedience to God in this area
VI. Write Down and Pray Over Your Message
a. Writing out your sermon forces you to think straight and sufficiently. It exposes lazy thinking and cures it. After you are thoroughly familiar with your outline, reduce it to small notes.
b. Pray that God will enable you to “so possess the message that the message possesses you.”
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