In Finding the Plot the author suggests 4 parts to the process of preparing a sermon:
*Studying the Scriptures
*Discovering what others have said or written about a given passage
*Understanding who will be listening to the sermon and what makes them who they are
*Prayer that immerses the whole process of preperation with the questions, 'is this what you want me to sayand how you want me to say it?'
(Standing, 2004, 15)
R. Standing. (2004). Finding the Plot. Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press
After the most recent module at college it is intersting to think again about constructing sermons. The problem I have is that I pretty much always do these 4 points, but this doesn't mean it is a good sermon. Though I am aware that God's word can still be spoken through a donkey and that St Paul sent people to sleep when he preached...
...whatever method is used to prepare a sermon it is still down to inspiration and perspiration.