I. A Sermon Checklist 讲章的清单
The Sermon Checklist is a series of questions for the sermon writer to use to assist in improving the sermon after a first draft has been written and before it has been preached. The writer of the sermon wants to be able to say “Yes” in answer to each question.
A. The Theme 主题
Does the sermon theme express the message God has for people in the Biblical text being used?
Does the theme give good direction to the hearers for their faith and/or life?
B. The Parts 段落
Do the sermon parts all flow rather naturally and logically out of the theme?
Are the parts in balance with each other?
C. The Introduction 引言
Does the introduction gain the attention and interest of the hearers?
Does the introduction effectively lead into the theme of the sermon?
D. The Sermon Contents 讲章主体
Do the paragraphs of each part of the sermon progress clearly and logically so that the hearers can easily follow and understand?
Is the sermon text and other parts of Scripture that are used accurately and clearly explained?
Are the illustrations and examples helpful?
Are there enough applications and are they relevant to the hearer’s lives and needs?
E. Law And Gospel 律法和福音
Is there sufficient and balanced use of Law and Gospel in the sermon?
Is the Law being applied properly and specifically to convict people of sin and to give instruction?
Is the Gospel being applied properly and specifically to assure people of God’s forgiveness and to provide strength and desire to Christian living?
F. The Conclusion 结语
Does the conclusion review and summarize the key parts of the sermon?
Does the sermon end with a positive, encouraging, Gospel-motivated emphasis?
G. General Matters 综合事项
Will God’s people be spiritually well fed and well led by this sermon?
Is this the best work that I can do to honor my God and serve His people with the time that I have available to me?