Avoid harping on one of these all the time. This is how some fall into their ruts. A good preacher will learn
the secret of incorporating a combination of sermon natures into his lessons--in a balanced effective way.
Sermon Formats 1) Expository:
Expounding upon a Book, chapter, series of passages, or several chapters.
A) The speaker may have a particular point to make, and feels that it would be better to select a series of
passages that discuss in detail, the point he is trying to make. For example, if you wanted to make the point that no one deserves God's grace, Romans chapter 3 would be an excellent passage of Scripture
to expound upon.
B) The speaker feels that a series of passages contain several key subjects worth hearing about, and wants
to expound on them to his audience. This may not require a "main point."
2) Textual: A) Focusing on statements or actions within a few passages to convey relevant modern day applications.
(see Philippians 1:9-11).
B) Preaching a lesson from a few passages that culminate to a major point (see Hebrews 7:23-28; 8:1-2).
3) Topical: Deciding a particular topic, then pulling different verses from various passages of Scriptures throughout
the Bible that deal with the topic.
A) This is the most challenging Sermon format! Here's why... 1) It requires a lot of searching.
2) It requires a lot of textual reading. Once a particular verse is found to add to a topic, the speaker
must be careful not to use the verse out of its proper context. To do this, it is necessary to read the entire chapter in which a verse is found. Depending upon the number of verses one uses
in his topical lessons, will determine how much background reading is necessary to insure each
verse is used within its proper context when including it within one's topic of discussion.
3) This type of sermon format is usually the most abused, because many fail to familiarize themselves
with the backgrounds of the verses they select.
4) Topical sermons sometimes bring with it the temptation to never study the Scriptures. For some
preachers, all they know about the Scriptures comes from how they personally apply them through their topical lessons. Instead, one ought to read for themselves on a regular basis, that they may
understand the Scriptures from each writers original intent.