Preparing Yourself to Prepare a Sermon

We talk here a lot about preparing sermons, many other people and sites do as well. It is an important process in one of the most important weekly rituals that takes place in the world today.

But something that sometimes gets neglected is the actual process before you begin to formally prepare the sermon. This is the process of Preparing yourself to prepare a sermon. Preparing Yourself to Prepare a Sermon

There are three major mindsets that I try to fulfill myself before I begin the actual sermon preparation process.

I try to be:


This involves consistent spiritual discipline, and a root in God’s word, When I slack in this area I notice the effects immediately. Whether it is the sermon falling flat with ideas or a even on Sunday the sermon will not hit the notes that it could have. The point here is that before we start the process of crafting a sermon that communicates God’s message to his people we must be in a place with God ourselves that is consistent and thorough.


This is important and one of the main ways we can connect with culture is by reading and keeping up to date with happenings in the world. I talked on this further HERE. But it also requires a sharp eye on events and trends shaping culture. Whether it is to educate your audience on these trends or give a Biblical perspective this is an important discipline.


Beyond being culturally in the right place, as communicators we must also be contextually in the right place. That is being wholly aware of what does and does not matter or communicate in your specific context. I cringe when I see preachers speaking on topics or to ideas that have nothing to do with their context in the name of “relevance” or just an outright unawareness of their context. Much preaching, pastoring, and leading is contextual and without this discipline all the preparation in the world will fall flat.

Sermon preparation is a huge discipline and one that is vitally important, but I want to know what you do to prepare yourself to prepare your sermon.

Let me know!

Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Rise Church in Marion, Oh. He is married to his awesome wife Jenna and they have one daughter Aryella.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.


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