Behind The Scenes Of Making A Sermon - Day 2
DAY 2 - THURSDAY
This morning I simply wanted to gather content that could potentially be helpful in the sermon. I went to the internet and typed in, “losing to win” and found a couple helpful articles like this one from Hanna Perlberger.
Since the sermon title so far is, “Losing To Win”, I wanted to locate the scripture where Jesus said, “Whoever loses their life, will gain it”. I found that Jesus said it in Matthew chapter 10 and 16.
I read Matthew chapters 9-11, and 15-17 to get some context. I made pencil marks next to Bible verses that may be useful for the sermon. I started noticing that in Matthew chapter 9, the Pharisees struggle to accept Jesus’ ministry because it was so different. Why is Jesus forgiving sins? Why is Jesus eating with tax collectors and sinners? Why don’t Jesus’ disciples fast? The Pharisees struggled to let go of their familiar ways and to embrace Jesus’ new ways.
Not wanting to carry heavy commentaries to a coffee shop, I took pictures so I could read them later from my phone. I ended up not getting to read them today; hopefully I will tomorrow.
On a large piece of paper I wrote ideas that came to mind.
At the center I wrote, “Losing To Win”, because it is the big idea. From there, I often draw lines to the following elements: what, why, how, misconceptions, and Jesus.
Clarify what the big idea is, what does “Losing to win” look like? One way to build clarity is to show contrast. So I’ll want to show what losing to win looks like and what it doesn’t look like.
People need motivation. They need reasons why this message is worth listening to and doing.
People need application. They need to see how this message can be useful for their life.
I’m looking for misconceptions about the big idea. Dealing with misconceptions can be uncomfortable, but can also be very rewarding. In my college speech class I learned that one really good way to get listeners attention is to build tension. One way to build tension is to talk about misconceptions. Addressing misconceptions also stretches us and causes us to grow.
I’m looking for ways Jesus is an example of the big idea and how he can be honored in the sermon. How is Jesus the ultimate example of “Losing to win”?
In the afternoon, I looked for podcasts and sermons entitled, “Losing To Win”.
After my run, I read a few of the articles I saved in the morning to read later. David A. DePra’s article explained “losing your life” means surrendering. Awesome.
When a key word emerges, like the word “surrender”, I look it up in sermon illustration books.
NOTE - If you’re interested in knowing what sermon illustration books I use, let me know in the comment section below.
Making sermon artwork was premature, since the sermon title may change before Sunday, but I felt inspired to do art.
First, I looked on Google Images for inspiration. However, I accidentally typed, “Winning To Lose” instead of “Losing To Win” and got disappointing results…
Still not realizing I’ve typed in “Winning to lose” I added the additional word, “concept”. In the screen shot below, you can see a picture of chess pieces in the right bottom corner.
The chess pieces inspired this…
Today was fairly productive. Tomorrow, I hope to read those commentaries and start organizing the sermon’s content.