Here is the preaching pdf for my sermon tomorrow, “God Blesses Us When We Worship”: God blesses us when we worship him (John 12.1-11).
This will be the first sermon in a series that takes us through the summer, although we have guest speakers etc., so the series will skip weeks here or there.
This pdf will be on my iPad; this is what I preach from, although I generally also carry a Bible into the pulpit and read from it.
To prepare my notes, I generally follow this process:
- I generally start workin on the sermon text ten days before I preach. I want to have plenty of time for it to percolate.
- During sermon week: as I am working on the sermon text, I generally also prepare a Powerpoint deck. I do this earlier in the week, Monday or Tuesday, so that my assistant has time to translate English into Croatian for the dual language slides. And I use a printout of the Powerpoint deck (notes view) to outline the sermon as it is developing.
- Later in the week, I create a Word file with a two column table. I export the Powerpoint slides as jpegs, then insert them into the columns of the Word file. I usually do this late in the process, because I want to minimize double changes (i.e., when I change the slide in the sermon notes I also have to change the slide in the Powerpoint deck.)
- On Friday or Saturday before I preach, I save that Word file as a pdf and upload it to my iPad, into Good Reader. That’s the reading app I use for preaching. I could also use Notes Plus.
- All day Saturday, especially Saturday night, I pray through the text and add notes by hand. Sometimes these are transitions, sometimes I move a sentence or an illustration to another place. Sometimes I add an illustration that I thought of at the last moment.
Then on Sunday, I go into the pulpit with a sermon that I know well, that I’ve prayed through thoroughly, and that I am confident God can speak through. (He used a donkey once; he can use me, too.)