Central church of Christ 

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

Sunday Bible Study, 9:00 a.m.    Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m.     Wednesday Bible Study, 7:00p.m.

Sermon Natures & Formats

Sermon Natures:

1) Admonishing (Cautionary, warnings, things to avoid, or beware).

2) Doctrinal (The issues, Core teachings of Christian faith).

3) Edifying (Uplifting, and encouraging).

4) Educational (History of a thing, informational, Background info).

5) Inspirational (moving & motivational, confidence builder).

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.

Nature/ Format Compatibility
1) Expository (Educational, Doctrinal).
2) Textual (Admonishing, Doctrinal, Edifying, Educational, Inspirational).
3) Topical (Admonishing, Doctrinal, Edifying, Inspirational).