You just finished studying your sermon passage. You’re ready to make the transition from hermeneutics to homiletics.
But you’re stuck. You’re not quite sure how to proceed with your sermon.
One solution may be to determine what kind of sermon you want to preach. What do you want to accomplish with this sermon? John Stott lists five types of sermons in Between Two Worlds:
1. Argument: anticipate objections and refute them.
2. Admonition: warn of the consequences of disobedience.
3. Indirect Conviction: arouse moral indignation and then turn it on them (Nathan with David).
4. Pleading: apply the gentle pressure of God’s love, concern for their well-being, and the needs of others.
5. Vision: paint a picture of what is possible through obedience to God in this area.
Once you determine the type of sermon you want to preach, the next steps to develop the sermon should follow quickly.
But what if you are stuck in the middle of the sermon?
I think these five types of sermons still help. A good sermon should have elements of all of them, even if the main thrust of the sermon focuses on one. Which does your sermon lack? Which will bring more balance?