PLP 5: How to Structure Your Sermon Like a Story

Everyone loves a good story. So what if we could structure our sermon like a story? If you’re willing to try something new, the sticky sermons structure is a way to outline every message you preach that follows the principles of storytelling. In today’s episode, we dive into what that looks like.

PLP 5: How to Structure Your Sermon Like a Story
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PLP 5: How to Structure Your Sermon Like a Story


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Improve Your Preaching: How to Structure Your Sermon Like a Story

12 Parts of the Hero Myth

1. Ordinary World – the hero’s normal world before the story begins;

2. Call to Adventure – the hero is presented with a problem, challenge, or adventure;

3. Refusal of the Call – the hero refuses the challenge or journey, usually because he’s scared or wounded by previous experiences in some way;

4. Meeting with the Mentor – the hero meets a mentor to gain advice or training for the adventure;

5. Crossing the First Threshold -the hero leaves the Ordinary World and goes into the Special World;

6. Tests, Allies, Enemies – the hero faces tests, meets allies, confronts enemies, and learns the rules of the Special World;

7. Approach – the hero has hit setbacks during tests and may need to try a new idea;

8. Ordeal – the biggest life-or-death crisis;

9. Reward – the hero has survived death, overcomes his fear, and now earns the reward;

10. The Road Back – the hero must return to the Ordinary World;

11. Resurrection Hero – another test where the hero faces death – he has to use everything he’s learned;

12. Return with Elixir – the hero returns from the journey with the “elixir,” and uses it to help everyone in the Ordinary World.

Here’s how Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is the real story that all the others come from.

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Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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