The ideal format for a sermon includes making an outline for the sermon by choosing biblical text, using a story to illustrate the point of the sermon, then expanding on the context of the biblical text in relation to the sermon’s main point, suggests Baptist Spirituality. The speaker should then make connections between the text and modern life, draw conclusions, and leave the audience with something to ponder or discuss.
The author of the sermon should start with biblical text, then form the sermon around the text. Thinking over the biblical text for a few days and jotting down ideas is helpful in formulating the sermon around the text. Baptist Spirituality suggests that writers of sermons opt for one to two main points for each sermon, as it makes the sermon more memorable.
The writer should think of an ice-breaking story to introduce the idea of the sermon, which may include a humorous or personal story that inspires and moves the listeners or draws out an issue or conflict. The heart of the sermon should provide historical background and place the biblical text in relation to the point of the sermon. Drawing connections between the text and current events makes the biblical text relevant. The writer then concludes the piece by summing up the points of the sermon and posing a question for reflection on the sermon. A prayer to end the sermon is also an option.