Now we’re getting to the nitty gritty of this whole thing. In this step, you start to outline the individual teachings from the series. We’ve changed things up this year and are trying to stick to a 3 week (4 at times) sermon series. We’ve recognized that our culture doesn’t seem to hang on to series more than 3-4 weeks. As you can see (click to make the picture bigger), when me and the teaching team sit down to plan out a sermon series, we start with a basic outline of 3 things…
Head – how do we usually think wrong about this concept? What’s the first human instinct when it comes to this topic?
Heart – What’s God say about this? Where in the Bible does He speak to it?
Hand – What do we want people to do with the info when they leave?
Those 3 things are all we outline during this step. Sometimes, this gets kinda detailed with some bullet points, other times it’s just a line or 2 or a few verses.
We’ll flesh out the sermon in the next step. Right now, we just want to form and develop the entire series, not get to specifics. We’ll get specific with the next part.