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Homiletics Lesson 3

CALVARY Baptist CHURCH
SCHOOL of the BIBLE
Homiletics Lesson Three
Instructor: Colin Pavitt

THE PREACHER’S PRAYER LIFE

The importance of prayer in the preacher’s life cannot be over emphasized. He above all men should be a praying man. A prayerless Preacher is a powerless preacher.

Anyone who has ever achieved anything for God has always been a person of faithful, consistent prayer. If we are to be used of God as a preacher, we must be dedicated and disciplined in prayer.

David Watson once said, “It is no good talking to men about God until you have first spoken to God about men.”

1: A preacher’s prayer life should spring from a complete oneness with Christ; a fellowship without sin.

Isaiah 59:1-2 1 Peter 3:7 1 John 1:3-9 Isaiah 52:11

2: A preacher’s prayer life should spring from a heart and attitude yielded to God.

Colossians 3:1-2 Matthew 6:33 1 John 3:22

3: A preacher’s prayer life should spring from a heart of tender compassion and love for those he preaches too.

1 John 3:17 John 13:34-35 Matthew 9:36

4: A preacher’s prayer life should spring from his great concem and burden for lost souls.

Mark 6:34 2 Thess 1:7-9 Matthew 25:41 Acts 20:21

5: A preacher’s prayer life should spring from the desire to glorify CHRIST in all his preaching.

2 Thess 1:11-12 Acts 11:18 Acts 13:48 Acts 21:18-20

Galatians 5:24 1 Cor 10:31

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6: A preacher’s prayer life should spring from an acknowledgement of the great NEED OF GOD’S MIGHTIEST HELP.

John 15:4-5 Psalm 127:1 2 Cor 3:5

OTHER AREAS OF A PREACHER’S PRAYER LIFE

1: The preacher should seek God early in prayer. Psalm 63:1 Joshua 8:10,14

2: The preacher should spend much time in prayer to his Heavenly Father, Jesus needed too.

Matthew 14:23 Luke 6:12-16

3: A preacher’s prayer life should be consistent and persistent .

Luke 18:1-18 1 Thess 5:17

4: A preacher’s prayer life should include praying for the flock by name, person by person, if at all possible. Paul a good example.

Romans 1:9 Ephesians 1:15-18 Phil 1:3-4 Colossians 1:9

2 Thess 1:11 1 Timothy 1:3 Philemon 1:4 .

5: A preacher’s prayer life should not be sacrificed for anything, it should be given PRIORITY at all times.

6: A preacher’s prayer life should be one which stands on the PROMISES of God’s word, this will be necessary for the ministry and its problems. (For example as we pray for God’s power for preaching we claim his promise.)

Matthew 28:19-20

Homiletics – The Topical Sermon

This is a sermon construction method which has the following advantages:

1: It can be used for a rapid message preparation whereby if time is short, or we are called upon at the last minute to preach because of sickness or some other problem, we can quickly assembly a sermon structure and build on it.

2: It enables the great doctrines of the Bible to be readily preached, and faithfully presented to our flock.

3: The sermon headings are normally QUICKLY grasped by our hearers.

However this type of sermon construction also has some limitations and disadvantages as follows:

1: The number of Topics or subjects one can use is limited, and it has been generally calculated that the average Pastor would run out of subjects after about 3 years.

2: If used too frequently by the preacher it can become somewhat tedious for the listeners.

The Topical sermon (Method of Construction)

1 : The preacher first chooses a subject he desires to preach on, for example “SALVATION”.

2: Once the subject is chosen he proceeds to ask certain questions conceming the subject in the following manner:

What?

Why?

How?

Who?

Where?

When?

What Then?

Taking our example of Salvation we should develop these questions into CLEAR CONCISE AND CRISP HEADINGS.

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What? – WHAT IS SALVATION?
Why? – WHY DO WE NEED SALVATION?
How? – HOW DO WE GET SALVATION?
Who? – WHO NEEDS SALVATION ?
Where? – WHERE CAN I FIND SALVATION ?
When? – WHEN CAN I HAVE SALVATION ?
What Then? – WHAT THEN HAPPENS NOW I HAVE SALVATION ?

This method can be used with a standard introduction if required however this is not essential, as an announcement of the theme for the message can sufice. Again a conclusion is not essential as the WHAT THEN question can form the conclusion.

IMPORTANT NOTES CONCERNING THE TOPICAL SERMON

1: It is not essential to use ALL seven headings often three or four will sufice.

2: There needs to be good harmony between the points so that the message FLOWS.

“The art of preaching is to make difficult things simple.”

3: Keep the headings brief and concise, this way hearers will remember the subject.

4: EVERY HEADING must contain the word of the topic being preached on.

Some suggested subjects to preach on and prepare.

a) THE GREAT WHITE THRONE
b) GRACE
c) THE BELIEVERS JUDGMENT
d) UNBELIEF
e) BORN AGAIN
f) DEATH
g) BAPTISM
h) FORGIVENESS
i) HEAVEN
j) HELL
k) RESURRECTION
l) REPENTANCE
m) FAITH
n) FELLOWSHIP
o) THE LORD’S SUPPER
p) MISSIONS
q) THE CHURCH

SAMPLE TOPICAL SERMONS

Sermon 1: SALVATION

1) WHAT Is Salvation?

a) Salvation is conversion; (Matt 18:3)

b) Salvation is being bom again. (John 3:3 & 5)

c) Salvation is DELIVERANCE from the power of darkness into the kingdom of Jesus. (Col 1:13)

d) Salvation is passing from death unto life. (John 5:24)

e) Salvation is the forgiveness of sins. (Eph 1:7)

2) WHY do we need Salvation?

a) Salvation is needed because of SIN. (Rom 3:23)

b) Salvation is needed because we are spiritually dead. (Eph 2:1)

c) Salvation is needed because we cannot save ourselves.(Eph 2:8-9)

d) Salvation is needed because of the Lake of Fire. (Rev 20:15)

e) Salvation is needed because their is a wage and penalty for sin.
(Rom 6:23)

3) HOW do we get Salvation?

a) Salvation comes through God’s Grace and Mercy. (Eph 2:8-9)

b) Salvation comes NOT through good works or keeping the Law.
(Gal 2:16)

c) Salvation comes through Christ Alone. (John 14:6) (John 10:9) (Acts4:12)

d) Salvation comes through the blood of Christ Alone. (1 John 1:7)
(Rev 1:5) (Eph 1:7)

4) WHO Needs Salvation?

a) Everyone.

(Rom 3:23) (Rom 3:9) (Rom 3:19) (Gal 3:22) (James 2:10)
(1 Peter 3:9) (1 Tim 2:3-4)

5) WHERE can I find Salvation?

a) Through the scriptures that point to Christ.

1) The Scriptures make us wise unto Salvation. (2 Tim 3:15-16)

2) The Scriptures are used by God for conversion.

(Psalm 19:7) (1 Cor 15:3-4) (Acts 10:43) (Rom 10:17)

3) The Scriptures are used by God to open people’s eyes. (Acts 17:2) (Luke 24:27)

6) WHEN can I have Salvation?

a) God says TODAY do not delay.

(1 Cor 6:2) (Heb 2:3) (Heb 3:7) (Heb 3: 13) (Heb 4:7)

b) God say Repent or Perish. (Luke 13:3 & 5) (Acts 17:30)

c) God says there is great danger in putting of the day of Salvation.

(Proverbs 29:1) (Prov 6:15) (Isa 30:13-14) (1 Thess 5:13) (James 4:14)

7) WHAT happens now I have Salvation?

a) You will never again be condemned for sin. (Rom 8:1)

b) You become the Temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 3:160

c) You are certain of Eternal Life. (Eph 1:13-14) (1 John 5:13)

d) You have a helper during Anxiety. (1 Peter 5:7)

e) You are reconciled to God. (Rom 5:10)

f) You have power for Witnessing. (Acts 1:8)

You are Justified and have all of the benefits of Romans Chapter 5 and MUCH MORE.

SAMPLE TOPICAL SERMON—2

THE GREAT WHITE THRONE OF JUDGEMENT

1) WHAT is the Great White Throne Of Judgement?

1) It is the very LAST court case in Human History. (Rev 20:11-15)

2) It is a GREAT throne.

3) It is a PLACE where the Unbeliever will stand before the God of Heaven.

4) It is a place where no Genuine Believer will ever have to fear appearing.

2) WHY do we need a Great White Throne Judgement?

1) Because of the Justice of God.

2) Because there has to be a penalty for Unbelief.

3) Because Sin has to be paid for and if a person has rejected Christ they pay the penalty Themselves.

3) HOW does a person arrive at the Great White Throne Of Judgement?

1) Because they have FULLY and FINALLY rejected Jesus Christ as Saviour.

2) Because they have FULLY and FINALLY rejected Gospel Preaching.

3) Because they have FULLY and FINALLY rejected the Bible and the Holy Spirit’s Testimony concerning Christ.

4) WHO will appear at the Great White Throne Of Judgement?

1) All those whose names do NOT appear in the Book Of Life.

2) All who are Christ rejecters and Gospel rejecters.

3) All people of all generations and of whatever social and political standing who have NOT been born again. The great in human eyes and the small in human eyes will appear here — lf they have not accepted Christ as Saviour they will be at this Judgement.

5) WHEN does this Awesome Judgement take place?

1) Just before the New heavens and the new Earth.

2) It is part of the 2nd resurrection.

3) It is part of the second death.

6) WHAT THEN would a person have to do to escape this awful judgement.

1) Repent and be converted. (Acts 3:19)

2) Trust Christ and Christ alone for sins forgiven and Salvation.
(John 3:36) (John 16) (John 6:47)