Topical Sermons Power Point Show
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 4:12-16
Preparing Gospel Sermons
1. The gospel preacher must be prepared when he stands to preach; he must have something to say, not just have to say something.
2. 2 Tim. 4:2: You cannot preach what you do not know. Furthermore, you will preach what you know: Either truth or fables (4:2-4).
3. Gospel preachers must be ready (willing & prepared) to “preach the gospel” (Rom. 1:15).
4. This lesson is designed to help you prepare gospel sermons (since only gospel sermons will help save souls, Rom. 1:16).
I. THE PURPOSE OF GOSPEL PREACHING.
-To proclaim the gospel of Christ…to make disciples & to help disciples grow in Christ, Mk. 16:15-16; Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 1:21-23.
a. Preach the gospel to save the lost.
b. Teach the saved (Christians) to observe all Christ commands.
c. The power of God & the wisdom of God.
II. TRAITS OF A GOSPEL SERMON. (A Gospel Sermon Must…)
A. Be Scriptural.
1. Speak as the words of God, 1 Pet. 4:11.
2. Inspired Scripture: God’s word, not man’s, 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 4:2.
3. Gospel sermon is based on Scripture, supported by Scripture, appeals to Scripture.
4. Gospel sermon turns people to Scripture, not to the man doing the preaching! 1 Ths. 2:1-4, 13
B. Be Sound.
1. Conform to the word of God, 2 Tim. 1:13; 1 Tim. 6:3-5.
2. False teachers in the world; must test by NT, 1 Jno. 4:1, 6.
3. Any other gospel curses the preacher & those who receive it, Gal. 1:6-9.
4. Do not go along with the preacher whose preaching is not sound, 2 Cor. 11:3-4 (2 Jno. 9-11).
C. Be Studied (the result of Bible study), 2 Tim. 2:14-18.
1. To do their work, God commands gospel preachers to diligently study the word of God, 2:15.
a. Do not strive over words that have no profit, 2:14.
b. Give diligence to be an approved worker & handle God’s word properly, 2:15.
c. Shun false doctrine (destroys faith & souls), 2:16-18.
2. The aim of the gospel preacher: Be a good minister of Jesus Christ, 1 Tim. 4:6.
3. 1 Tim. 4:6-16: Accomplished by…
a. Instructing the brethren in the words of faith, 4:6.
b. Carefully following good doctrine yourself, 4:6 (2 Tim. 3:10).
c. Reject fables & false doctrine; live godly, 4:7-8 (1:3-4).
d. Command & teach the truth, 4:11 (5:7).
e. Set an example by the way you live, 4:12.
f. Prepare yourself: Read, then do the work (exhort & teach), 4:13.
g. Commitment & dedication, 4:14-15.
h. Take heed to yourself & to what you teach, 4:16.
4. Must be studying & using the word of God to effectively know it, grow in it & preach it, Heb. 5:12-14.
D. Present the Savior & His Salvation, Acts 8:5, 35.
1. God’s way of saving the lost, 1 Cor. 1:21-23; 15:1-4.
2. Preaching the NT is preaching Christ, 1 Cor. 2:2-5 (14:37).
III. DEVELOPING A SERMON.
A. Parts of a Sermon.
B. Deciding what to Preach (2 Tim. 4:2).
IV. TYPES OF GOSPEL SERMONS.
A. Topical Sermons.
1. Developed from a Biblical topic: Main points are supported by various scriptures; the sub points supported by various passages.
2. A Bible Concordance &/or Topical Bible helpful.
3. Examples: Holy Spirit Baptism; Water Baptism; True Worship, The Unknown God.
B. Textual Sermons.
1. Use the Scriptural text to outline your sermon.
2. Examples: Acts 2: Jesus of Nazareth; Eph. 4:1-16: Unity & Growth in Christ; 2 Tim. 3:16-17: Holy Scripture; Ezra 7:10: Ready to Preach.
1. Prepare yourself to preach the gospel by preparing your sermon.
2. Goal: Preach the word (2 Tim. 4:2).