Sermon writing is similar to building a house. There are 7 stages that a sermon needs to go through from start to finish.
Let’s recap. The first five 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: Construct the outline – Finish the build
Step 6: Quality Control
The sixth step in writing a sermon is the final inspection – ruthless editing.
When you build a house and everything is finished, there is still one more step before you are allowed to move in. If you builder is any good, they will have someone walk through the house and inspect everything.
They are checking electrical outlets, hvac units, locks on doors, lights, the foundation, the finishing touches on paint… you get the idea.
Usually the final inspection will uncover a few things that were missed or built poorly. These issues are noted and fixed before the house officially closes, ensuring that everything is up to code and the construction company’s standards.
When writing a sermon, although you may feel like you are finished after step 5, editing (step 6) is essential. There are things that you may have overlooked. There are things that you wrote that looked good at the time, but upon further inspection don’t fit.
The benefits of editing your sermon are huge: