The list below classifies sermons according to method.
When you use a variety of methods, you keep your preaching fresh and keep your congregation interested.
Theme or Topic
A subject is announced, and the lesson stays strictly to that topic.
This is the most common method, and is called topical teaching.
Some of the classifications below are specialisations of this method.
A topic is presented in the form of a List.
For example, the topic of prayer might be treated as The benefits of prayer,
or maybe, Examples of Prayer in the Bible, or possibly, Proper attitudes of prayer.
A topic is announced in the form of a proposition, and the entire lesson is given
to argument for and/or against that proposition.
A verse or short passage is read, and lesson is drawn from, and constantly refers to, that text.
This method is called expository teaching because it provides an exposition of the scripture.
This is the most direct method of preaching Godís word.
A book or block of scripture is taken as the subject matter, and an overview is given
of the main ideas it contains usually from a particular standpoint.
For example, The doctrine of obedience in Paulís letter to the Romans.
A familiar object or process is described, and used as a parable to teach spiritual truths.
Our Lordís lesson about the sower (Luke 8) is an excellence example.
A Bible story or biography is told, and the entire lesson is based on that narrative or character sketch.