Sermon Preparation


Thabiti Anyabwile, Louis Love, and Tony Carter return to one of their favorite front porches to discuss how they prepare to divide the Word for their congregations. How many hours do these brothers put in? What days are devoted to sermon prep? How do you prepare for your sermons? C’mon up on the porch and join in the conversation.

The Brothers on The Front Porch
The Front Porch was started by Louis Love, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Tony Carter. Holler at us on Twitter: @TalkOnThePorch

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4 responses to “Sermon Preparation”

  1. george canady says:

    Just as a lay man I am thinking about my own personal bible study and prayer time each day. I was wondering do any of you have a time for that beside what you do in sermon prep or is it included?
    “if it’s new it’s not true” good stuff.

    • Tony Carter says:

      Hey George, like most, I have a time apart from sermon prep where I am reading through the Bible (separate from preaching) and taking notes. I am using this time to reflect upon personal spiritual development and doing scripture memory. Thanks for the question bro.

      • george canady says:

        Thanks Pastor, That is helpful as I wonder if my own study gets to “mechanical” sometimes. I have been working through Romans for 5 years in the mornings using helps of D.M Lloyd-Jones “Friday nighters”, Piper; The Justification Of God, ESV study, ESV J.M. study, and various other. I take a break on Sat morning going through the Psalms. But sometimes I miss just the open the Bible with my eyes closed kind of simplicity of discovery.

  2. Ian Turner says:

    Thank you. Very helpful, especially the general practice of ordering the tasks into set days/times.

    I was wondering about your thoughts on what to bring into the pulpit: notes? an outline? A single post-it note (like Mark Driscoll)? or a full manuscript?

    In “Him We Proclaim,” Johnson (2007) advocated a “tight outline” and says “Unless you are a very experienced speaker, reading a manuscript always breaks eye contact and thus, to some extent, the interpersonal connection between speaker and hearers” (407).

    I have mixed feelings about the quote. I know lots of brothers who preach from a manuscript, and it does not seem less interpersonal. Thoughts?

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