J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

A Dozen Do-Nots: Writing a Sermon

Dozen-DoNotsA Dozen Do-Nots is part of an on-going series.  You will also find posts about the Dozen from Mike Askew at http://bit.ly/4nnOim.  The idea is to present 12 simple things to avoid in the most practical of areas.

Since I am a pastor, I’ve learned some definite do’s and don’ts about preaching.  With those things in mind, I decided to post 12 things that I have learned about preparing a sermon.  These 12 will probably apply to preparing a Bible study, and a few will apply to giving a talk.  If any of you want to contribute, feel free to add or post.  I hope you enjoy.

A Dozen Do-Nots:  Preparing a Sermon

  1. Do not assume you know the meaning of a text before you start writing your sermon.
  2. Do not assume you are the first person to think of your interpretation.
  3. Do not quote someone unless you give them credit.
  4. Do not ignore the original languages.
  5. Do not practice your sermon more than you pray for it.
  6. Do not only read people with whom you agree.
  7. Do not wait until the end of your sermon to make application.
  8. Do not make yourself the hero of your illustrations.
  9. Do not use your children as examples without their permission.
  10. Do not assume that ground you have already covered has been absorbed.
  11. Do not make the application of your sermon, “Do better.”
  12. Do not preach a sermon without preaching Jesus Christ.

This article also appears at the Raleigh Examiner.

Others in the Series:

Parenting:  http://bit.ly/6yv8T

Running:  http://bit.ly/A6NYw

Making Your Wife Happy – http://bit.ly/Ty5OK

Marriage Communication – http://bit.ly/IERbQ

Church Planting – http://bit.ly/37hAPb

Being Civil to Others – http://bit.ly/4nnOim

Mountain Biking – http://bit.ly/vdZ6

Wrestling with Your Kids – http://bit.ly/BaQff

September 14, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. The last point is perhaps the most important.

    Comment by Troy LaPlante | September 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. Agreed, Troy.

    Comment by jgordonduncan | September 14, 2009 | Reply

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