Writing a sermon is much like building a house. There are 7 stages a message must complete before it is finished.
Let’s recap, the first four steps are:
Step 1: Pray – Connect to the power source.
Step 2: Scripture – Lay the foundation.
Step 3: Big Idea – Build the frame.
Step 4: Illustrations – Pick the carpet.
Step 5: Finish the Build
The fifth step in writing a sermon is finish the build – construct the outline.
In the process of building a home, once the frame goes up and you have picked all the options at the design center, all that is left for you to do is wait while the construction crew finishes putting everything together.
It is very exciting to watch everything come together. Every day something new is finished. Dry wall. Windows. Paint. Tile. Carpet. Everything gets put in place where it belongs and before you know it, you have a completed house!
The outline process of writing a sermon is the same way. You already have your foundation of scripture (step 1), the Big Idea framework (step 2), and a handful of illustrations (step 3). Now it’s time to put all the elements together to resemble an actual sermon.
What should be in the introduction? Where would this illustration fit best? Do I need an illustration here to clarify this point? What will go in the conclusion to make this message more memorable?
Move the elements you already have around like puzzle pieces until you find the best fit.
Open your word doc and begin copying and pasting the various elements you have already collected into it.