Writing a sermon is similar to building a house. There are 7 stages the construction of a message must go through before it is finished.
We have already covered the first three steps in previous posts:
Step 1: Pray – Connect to the power source.
Step 2: Study Scripture – Lay the foundation.
Step 3: Big Idea – Build the Frame
Moving on to step 4.
Step 4: Design Center
My wife’s favorite step to building our first home was the day we went to visit the design center. The design center features a nearly unlimited selection of tile, carpet, countertops, cabinets, and more. It was our job to walk through and pick out all of our favorite options for our new house.
Large tile, small tile, or no wood floors? Granite, Corian, or laminate countertops? What kind of cabinets? What light fixtures? White, brown, or blue carpet? Great, you like brown carpet, here are 47 different shades to choose from!
The design center took forever. I got a headache. My wife loved every second. But we finally walked away with exactly what we wanted.
The layout of the house was already set, but the choices at the design center were going to change everything about the overall look and feel of the house. It paid to find exactly what worked best for us.
How does this apply to learning how to write a sermon?