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Homiletics Lesson 6

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


Textual Sermons Continued (Page One)

TEXTUAL SERMONS CONTINUED

INTRODUCTION

In previous studies we have seen the basis of a textual sermon as we broke down one individual verse into homiletic headings reading for preaching. We also saw a variant of a standard textual sermon called a TEXTUAL COMPARISON SERMON based on Mark 10 and the healing of the blind man. We continue today to explore other variants of textual sermons which really lead us up to perhaps the most effective way to preach the word of God otherwise known as expository preaching. Expository preaching is ideal for Paragraph Study; Chapter Study; And Whole Book Study. For now, we will take a look at some more textual sermon variants which if used will add that all important variety to our preaching.


TEXTUAL MAIN THOUGHT SERMONS
BASED ON PSALMS

INTRODUCTION

The structure of this textual sermon variant lends itself well to preaching the Psalms. The grammatically way in which the Psalms have been written. However, this textual variant can equally be used with good effect on other portions of scripture outside of the Psalms. For our example we will take Psalm 116.

The Method

1) The Psalm is searched for its main thought or main theme. In practice particularly if the Psalm is lengthy there will be many main themes in one Psalm perhaps even dozens in some cases. For the preacher of course this is good news because it means that one could preach a series of 30 min messages from one individual Psalm. Reviewing Psalm 119 for example we see so many themes running through Psalm 119 that if the preacher so desired he could preach on Psalm 119 three times a week for many months and still not run out of Material. All of these rich treasures in scripture take the worry and anxiety away concerning WHAT ARE WE GOING TO PREACH THIS SUNDAY!!!!

2) Once we have selected our chosen theme – We will see in later studies that our Lord will lead us to particular portions if we are diligently studying scripture daily; we then think about setting out to prepare our key thoughts and key headings.

3) In Psalm 116 the first 4 words of the Psalm instantly lend themselves to a THEME. In this case the psalmist is speaking about LOVING THE LORD. Straight away then we have THEME ONE of this Psalm. In actuality this Psalm if studied carefully contains at least another 28 key themes so if the preacher felt so led it is possible to preach and teach on this Psalm around 30 messages. Again this relieves all the concern which many young preachers and busy preachers have concerning what they should preach and fretting on a Saturday night when as yet they have not yet put pen to paper.


Textual Sermons Continued (Page 2)

4) Returning to the 1st theme of Psalm 116 – I LOVE THE LORD. The preacher now looks deeply into the Psalm to find REASONS why the Psalmist should make such an amazing statement. These REASONS form the basis of our main thought textual Sermon on Psalm 116.

The following then could be one example of the Preachers structure for a Sunday message.

Message Title:
WHY I LOVE THE LORD

1) I LOVE THE LORD – Because He Listens To Me: (Psalm 116:1-2)

2) I LOVE THE LORD – Because He Delivers My Soul. (Psalm 116:4)
(Psalm 116:8)

3) I LOVE THE LORD – Because He Is Gracious–Righteous – Merciful. (Psalm 116:5)

4) I LOVE THE LORD – Because He Preserves Me. (Psalm 116:6a)

5) I LOVE THE LORD – Because He Helps Me. (Psalm 116:6b)

6) I LOVE THE LORD – Because He Deals Bountifully With Me.
(Psalm 116:7)

7) I LOVE THE LORD – Because He Enables Me To Have A Right Mind And A Stable Walk. (Psalm 116:8)

8) I LOVE THE LORD – Because He Has Blessed Me With Many Benefits. (Psalm 116:12)

9) I LOVE THE LORD – Because He Offers Me Salvation. (Psalm 116:13)

10) I LOVE THE LORDD – Because He Says I Am Precious To Him When I Die. (Psalm 116:15)


TEXTUAL MAIN THOUGHT SERMONS
BASED ON WORD STUDIES

INTRODUCTION

The structure of this Textual Sermon Revolves around a word which repeats itself in a book of the bible. Again this variant of the standard textual sermon furnishes an almost inexhaustible amount of preaching material and again adds variety to the preacher’s armoury. Remembering that the preachers great calling is to repeat truth over and over again but wrap up in a different package.


Textual Sermons Continued (Page 3)

The Method

1) Select a KEYWORD which repeats itself many times in any book of the bible. Read the context of the word in its verse setting.

2) Begin to build your homiletical headings all of which should now BEGIN with the same KEY word you have chosen remembering always the importance of the CONTEXT of the verse in each of your chosen occurrences of the word.

3) This method will bring out the main thought and teaching of your chosen word throughout a WHOLE BOOK–Thus doing the biblical meaning of the word great justice and accuracy.


EXAMPLE 1:
Taking the word Believing or Believe in John’s Gospel

Proceed as follows:

1) BELIEVING in Jesus is possible for ALL men. (John 1:7)

2) BELIEVING in Jesus results in a person becoming a Christian. (John 1:12)

3) BELIEVING in Jesus comes through Hearing. (John 4:42)

4) BELIEVING in Jesus does NOT require a person to SEE Jesus. (John 6:36)

5) BELIEVING in Jesus gives certainty to Faith. (John 6:69)

6) BELIEVING in Jesus results in a person receiving the Holy Spirit.
(John 7:39)

7) BELIEVING in Jesus results in Sins Forgiven. (John 8:24)

8) BELIEVING in Jesus results in Correct Worship. (John 9:38)

9) BELIEVING in Jesus results in a Correct Profession Of Faith. (John 11:27)

10) BELIEVING in Jesus results in seeing the Glory Of God.

11) BELIEVING in Jesus results in believers Being Children Of Light.

12) BELIEVING in Jesus results from Recognizing His Omniscience.
(John 16:30)

13) BELIEVING in Jesus results from the Preaching Of The Word.
(John 17:20)

14) BELIEVING in Jesus results from Reading and Studying the Scriptures. (John 20:31)


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“This type of textual main thought sermon on word studies is extremely powerful – It opens up the amazing truths of the word and lays before the people THUS SAITH THE LORD – All our thoughts and teaching have come direct from the word of God and as can be noted there really could be a sermon preached for all of the above 14 points”

THE TYPES OF TEXTUAL SERMONS WE HAVE STUDIED IN THIS COURSE SO FAR HAVE BEEN NOTHING BUT BIBLE – WE HAVE NOT HAD TO SCRATCH ROUND READING MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARIES; SPURGEON; CS LEWIS OR ANYONE ELSE – ALL WE HAVE DONE IS STICK TO THE BIBLE AND NOTHING ELSE AND WHEN WE COME TO PREACHING THE MESSAGE WE ARE SURE THAT WE ARE PREACHING THE WAY GOD ALWAYS DESIGNED PREACHING WITHOUT ALL THE MODERN ADD ON’S AND THRILLS – A GOOD TEST OF BIBLE PREACHING IS WHAT PERCENTAGE OF OUR SERMON IS BIBLE AND WHAT PERCENTAGE IS FRANKLY WAFFLE.

*** Practice the compiling of the main thought sermons based on word studies in different books and you will have enough preaching material for dozens of lifetimes ***


EXAMPLE 2:
Taking the word WOE in the book of Isaiah

Proceed as follows:

1) WOE unto those souls who declare their sin. (Isa 3:9)

2) WOE unto those who are wicked it shall be ill with him. (Isa 3:11)

3) WOE unto those who are desirous of building a property empire.
(Isaiah 5:8)

4) WOE unto those who are consuming strong drink. (Isa 5:11) (Isa 5:22)

5) WOE unto those who parade iniquity and draw sin along as with a cart rope. (Isa 5:18)

6) WOE unto those who have a seared conscience. (Isa 5:20)

7) WOE unto those who are wise in their own eyes. (Isa 5:21)

8) WOE unto those who decree unrighteous decrees. (Isa 10:1)

9) WOE unto those who suffer from and exhibit great pride. (Isa 28:1)

10) WOE unto those who seek to hide their evil deeds from God. (Isa 29:15)

11) WOE unto those who rebel against God. (Isa 30:1)


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12) WOE unto those who go to the world for their help; advice; and strength. (Isa 31:1)

13) WOE unto those who strive with God and argue with Him. (Isa 45:9)

14) WOE unto those who pridefully conflict and strive with their parents. (Isa 45:10)


EXAMPLE 3:
Taking the word FAITH in the gospel of Matthew

Proceed as follows:

1) FAITH according to Jesus can be LITTLE faith.

(Matt 6:30) (Matt 8:26) (Matt 14:31) (Matt 16:8)

2) FAITH according to Jesus can be GREAT faith. (Matt 8:10) (Matt 15:28)

3) FAITH according to Jesus can be SEEN. (Matt 9:2)

4) FAITH according to Jesus can make a person WHOLE. (Matt 9:22)

5) FAITH according to Jesus can GIVE SIGHT. (Matt 9:29)

6) FAITH according to Jesus can be small but achieve AMAZING THINGS. (Matt 17:20)

7) FAITH according to Jesus can be a WEIGHTY MATTER. (Matt 23:23)


TEXTUAL SERMONS SURROUNDING
THE PERSON OF JESUS
IN ONE BIBLE CHAPTER

INTRODUCTION

It is a well known fact that the person of Jesus can be found in every BOOK of the bible. It is also true that the person of Jesus can often be found with considerable detail about Him in some individual CHAPTERS of the bible. Textual sermons surrounding the person of Jesus in certain chapters are therefore great sermons for teaching a huge amount about our Lord in one chapter of the bible. This variant on textual sermons is one of the best and most compact ways of teaching congregations the great truths concerning the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Method

In the Preacher’s private study and meditation of Holy Scripture he should take note of those chapters which are packed with information about Jesus. Then he should arrange this information like all other textual sermons into crisp Homiletical headings. The following is an example:


Textual Sermons Continued (Page 6)

MESSAGE TITLE:
GREAT TEACHINGS ABOUT JESUS
IN JOHN’S GOSPEL CHAPTER 1

1) JESUS was in the Beginning with God. (John 1:1a)

2) JESUS was With God. (John 1:1b)

3) JESUS was God. (John 1:1c)

4) JESUS was the Maker Of All Things. (John 1:30)

5) JESUS was and Is Eternal Life. (John 1:4a)

6) JESUS was and Is the Light Of Men. (John 1:4b) (John 1:7) (John 1:9)

7) JESUS was and Is the Light which will never be Extinguished. (John 1:5)

8) JESUS was and Is the True Light. (John 1:9a)

9) JESUS was and Is Lighting Every Man. (John 1:9b)

10) JESUS was and Is Rejected By The World. (John 1:10-11)

11) JESUS was and Is the one Who Makes People Christians. (John 1:12)

12) JESUS was Made Flesh. (John 1:14a)

13) JESUS was and Is Full of Truth and Grace. (John 1:14b)

14) JESUS was and is the Bringer of Grace and Truth. (John 1:17)

15) JESUS was and is the Only One Who Has Seen The Father. (John 1:18)

16) JESUS was and Is Lord. (John 1:23)

17) JESUS was and Is Greater Than John The Baptist. (John 1:26-27)
(John 1:30)

18) JESUS was and Is the Sin Bearer. (John 1:29)


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19) JESUS was and Is The Baptizer With The Holy Ghost. (John 1:33)

20) JESUS was and Is The Son Of God. (John 1:34)

21) JESUS was and Is The Master. (John 1:38)

22) JESUS was and Is the Christ. (John 1:41)

23) JESUS was and Is the fulfilment of Old Testament Prophecy. (John 1:45)