How To Write a 3 Point Sermon: The 3 point sermon is not about garnering information for the sermon, it is about packaging that information for delivery.
How To Write a 3 Point Sermon
I have been writing weekly sermons for about thirty years and I have found the structure of the three point sermon to be one of the best ways to package biblical truth for delivery.
The benefits of the structure of the three point sermon are:
- The three point sermon expands and explains one topic
- The three point sermon is easy to follow
- The three point sermon has a natural, sequential flow
The key to writing any sermon (especially a 3 point sermon) is the structure of the sermon. Once you understand the structure of packaging a sermon for delivery, you will find writing 3 point sermons quite easy.
I teach homiletics to Bible College students and I make it very clear to them that a sermon has three parts – the introduction, the body or sermon outline and conclusion. I know this is obvious but many students begin to write their sermons without framing the body of their sermon (sermon outline) for delivery.
The body of the sermon is the bulk of your message. The introduction simply introduces the main preaching point of your sermon, which is the body of your sermon. The conclusion concludes your sermon by reinforcing the main preaching point of your sermon with application and action.
Therefore, you need to start with the body of your sermon and the body of your 3 point sermon is the sermon outline.
The Sermon Outline
Let’s look at the structural parts of a 3 point sermon outline!
The Main Preaching Point
Every sermon must have a main preaching point. You cannot develop a 3 point sermon without a main preaching point.
In Luke chapter 4:1-13, Luke discusses the topic of temptation. The story is about Jesus being tempted by Satan. This story helps us understand how to deal with temptation. Therefore, I developed the topic of this sermon around the main preaching point of “How To Deal With Temptation With a Winning Smile?”
Now that I have got the main preaching point, I simply need to expand and explain the main preaching points with sub-points (in this case 3 sub-points).
I usually expand and explain the main preaching point by asking why, what, where, when or how of the main preaching point.
In this case, I asked the how question. How can we deal with temptation with a winning smile?
After much study of this text of Scripture, I came up with three sub-points.
There are three WAYS to deal with temptation with a winning simile. They include:
- We Must Recognise Temptation Immediately
- We Must Realize the Way of Escape
- We Must Remember the Subtleties of Temptation
There you have your three point sermon outline. This three point sermon outline becomes the road map for your sermon.
Your congregation know exactly what you are going to preach on: Three ways to deal with temptation with a winning smile.
Your congregation know exactly what you are going to say about your main preaching point: We must recognise temptation immediately. We must realize the way of escape and we must remember the subtleties of temptation.
Your three point sermon is easy to follow because it has a natural progression and flow to it.
Sometimes it is advantageous to expand and explain your sub-points. In this three point sermon outline, I added two incidental points to the second and third sub-points. Here is the completed 3 point sermon outline of Luke chapter 4:1-13.
There are three WAYS to deal with temptation with a winning smile. They include:
- We must recognize temptation immediately
- We must realise the way of escape
- Jesus trusted God
- Jesus trusted God’s word
- To draw us away from God
- To rely on our own resources
How To Write a 3 Point Sermon Summary
Once you have frame your 3 point sermon outline, you will need to write content to the sermon outline with appropriate illustrations.
Once you have written the content and added appropriate illustration, you will need to write the introduction and the conclusion to the sermon.
I always remind myself that a sermon is like an airplane flight. The take-off is the introduction, the flight is the body of the sermon and the landing is the conclusion.
Resources For How To Write A 3 Point Sermon
Chapell Bryan, 1994, Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Koller Charles W, 1995, How To Preach Without Notes, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids Michigan.
Braga James, 1981, How To Prepare Bible Messages, Multnomah Press, Portland, Oregon.