Sermon Outlining and Genre

Sermon outlining and genre

Sermon Outlining and Genre

Differing biblical genre (types of biblical literature) will need to be investigated differently as it relates to sermon outlining for preaching purposes. The studious preacher will desire to learn to conduct structural/syntactical analyses of epistolary and poetic literature. An example of this approach based upon Philippians 4:4-7 is as follows:

sermon outlining and genreThe value of this approach is that, once mastered, the preacher easily can see the natural divisions and movements of the text. As he separates dominant from subordinate statements the natural outline is revealed. This approach takes some practice but once the preacher is comfortable with it his preparation time can be greatly reduced.[1] Epistolary and poetic literature as a general rule contain direct teaching that easily can be observed.

Narrative literature typically is not approached as syntactically as epistolary or poetic literature and its teaching are generally indirect. Although several approaches to narrative can be taken, an easy and useful way is simply to look for the natural movements of the story. It is like saying, “this happened, then that happened, then this happened, and then this happened.” An example is Mark 6:1-6:

Movement 1 – no homilectical significance

1Jesus went out from there and came into His hometown; and His disciples followed Him.

Movement 2 – The definite reality of unbelief

2When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands? 3“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him.

Movement 3 – The divine response to unbelief

4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”

Movement 4 – The devastating result of unbelief

5And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.

Movement 5- The disconcerting remembrance of unbelief

6And He wondered at their unbelief. And He was going around the villages teaching.

The movements are labeled in such a way that the preacher can translate them into a workable life-application outline once the exegetical work is concluded.

Concluding Thought

As the Bible calls God’s children and His church to unity, it makes sense that unity be a driving principle of sermon construction and development. If the preacher uses plural outline unifiers, transitional sentences, and life-application outlines; he can ensure that his message will remain unified and on track.

For more detail and insights consider purchasing Crossing the Homiletical Bridge.

Tony Guthrie, PhD.

[1] For a discussion of syntactical outlining see Hershael W. York and Bert Decker’s Preaching with Bold Assurance: A Solid and Enduring Approach to Engaging Exposition, (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publshers, 2003), chapter 5. See also Walter Kaiser Jr’s Toward and Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching, (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1998) chapter 8.

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Expository Preaching – Empowering the Outline

Power Words: Empowering the Outline

After I had been teaching for about five years I noticed that my student’s outlines were generally well-done and effective. But I also noticed that the outline points rarely pricked at my heart or caused any stirring in my spirit. This led me to review my own outline points. What I observed led me to the conclusion that the emotional/motivational aspects of the text were not always represented in the outline points. I had been teaching my students an approach that was truthful; but wooden, mechanical, and in some cases, lifeless. This reality led me to create and use what I now call “power words” within the outline points. The use of these power words can enliven the outline and add that much needed empowering aspect.

Consider this example from Mark 1:1-8. Allow me to demonstrate what I mean. Observe the outline points that would fairly standard in expository preaching:

1. His (John’s) ministry was connected to God’s power (1-5)
2. His (John’s) ministry was complimented with humility (6-8)

For many preachers this outline would seem sufficient. It is important to note, however, some serious weaknesses to this approach. First, the outline points are about John the Baptist’s ministry. While there is nothing inherently wrong with talking about John, the approach assumes the listener is interested in John. However, a study of human nature reveals that people are more concerned about themselves than others. This is why most listeners want to know how a sermon relates to them and why they should bother listening to it. Further, the above outline merely informs them as to how and why John was effective in ministry. Second, as it is stated it simply does not stir the emotions or the heart, nor does it reflect the motivational emphases of the narrative.

Empowering the Outline

Gabe Harper discusses Empowering the Outline

Many, perhaps even most, gifted expositors rarely consider that structuring the points in a way that John gets the emphasis is indeed a weakness. They assume that since John is the star of the passage then this is acceptable. And while I will agree that it is not “sinful” or “wrong” to structure the points this way, in my opinion there is a much stronger and more meaningful way to develop the outline. The goal should be to connect the text to the listener emotionally and spiritually. Therefore, the outline points should be written in the present-tense and geared toward the listener. As I will demonstrate, this will not take any of John’s glory from him.
When the preacher writes the points toward the listener they become:

1. Effective ministry is connected to God’s power (1-5)
2. Effective ministry is complimented with humility (6-8)

Again, for many preachers this approach would be sufficient. And while I will agree that it is not wrong or sinful, I will still contend that this approach does not cause the listener to do any soul searching or reflecting. The reason is because the points are stated as simple informative reality.
But notice what happens when the points are stated with text-honoring emphasis or empowering words:

1. An Effective/Significant ministry is connected to the awesome power of God (1-5)

2. An Effective/Significant Ministry is complimented with heart-felt humility

These added words may not make much of a visual difference as one reads them, but they do provide the preacher an opportunity to expose the motivational aspects of the text. John’s ministry was effective and powerful because it was connected to an awesome God who foretold of the coming of His Son. This God also provided the only message that saves lost people from their sins. It is clear that John the Baptist had no average or typical relationship with God. Clearly he was broken and moved by the awesomeness of Who God was and is. As the preacher preaches this reality he can emphasize that an awesome God desires to use every Christian in the same way He used John. That kind of effectiveness is only realized when God’s people come to understand just Who it is that they serve.

Further, as one looks at John’s life it is easy to see that his humility was not just a human attribute. John was humbled to the heart. He did not desire to put on performances that would bring him any personal recognition. He wanted, from the depths of his heart, to see all glory go to Jesus. The preacher can remind his listeners that they serve not from mere humility, but rather from a heart that has been humbled because of Who they serve and how they compare to Him! This is the difference between preaching general truth and preaching life-transforming truth! People will become emotionally involved as this type of preaching will force them to examine themselves to see if they see God in His awesomeness and if they are indeed humbled to the heart.

For more detail and insights grab a copy of Crossing the Homiletical Bridge.

Tony Guthrie, PhD.

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Expository Sermon Outlines: Preaching in the Old Testament


When one surveys the Scriptures for insight into the “ministry of the Word,” and is focused on preaching in the Old Testament the analysis can be etymological, biographical or even chronological.

Preaching in the Old Testament: Etymology

preaching in the Old TestamentEtymologically, several key terms are important:

• qohelet – Preacher (Ecc. 1:1,2,12; 7:27; 12:8,9,10)
• basar – To tell good news (Ps. 40:9; Is. 61:1)
• qara – To call or proclaim (Is. 61:1-2; 2 Kings 23:16; Jon. 3:2)
• qeria – Preaching
• nabi – Prophet, one who delivers an oracle from God. Occurs 309 times in OT. (Num. 11:25-29; Deut. 13:1, 18:20; Jer. 23:16)
• roeh – Seer, vision; used 11 times, emphasizes means by which revelation was received (1 Sam. 9:9)
• hozeh – seer, synonym for prophet (Amos 7:12)

Historically, the earliest reference to preaching is of “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, [who] prophesied” (Jude 14) and of Noah, who is called “a preacher of righteousness”
(2 Peter 2:5).

Peter Adam, when writing about preaching in the Old Testament, in Speaking God’s Word summarizes the OT testimony by dividing it into three major segments:


preaching in the Old Testamenta. Moses speaks for God.

b. Moses writes down the words of God.

c. Moses reads the words of God.

d. Moses the preacher: important features of his sermons:

First, they are an exposition of the law given on Mount Sinai. Secondly, Moses applies his text to his congregation. Thirdly, Moses exhorts the people to obedience (Deut. 1, 5, 29). “We now have the main ingredients of the ministry of the Word – the servant who hears God’s words, the writing down and reading out aloud of God’s words, and the preaching of God’s words by means of exposition, application, and exhortation” (p.40).

Preaching in the Old Testament: AFTER MOSES

The ministry of the Word established in Moses was continued in successive generations; Elijah (1 Kings 17:2,8,16,24); Jeremiah (Jer. 1:4,9); Ezekiel (Ezk. 2:9¬3:1); Amos (Am. 3:7); Proverbs (Pr. 1:8-9); Ezra (Ezr. 7:10,11); (Neh. 8:1-4,7¬8,13,18); “It is worth emphasizing the common elements that we are discovering in the Old Testament ministry of the Word. These include the acceptance of the written or spoken Word as coming from God, the role of ‘Scripture’, the place of public reading and explanation, encouragement to the right response, and the effect of the ministry on the people” (p. 41).

Preaching in the Old Testament: A FUTURE MINISTRY

a. The return from exile, the new exodus; Isaiah 40:3 (see Mk. 1:3; Lk. 3:6; Jn. 1:23)

b. This ministry is not only to Israel, but also to the Gentiles (Is. 49:6)

c. The Servant’s ministry of the Word is the daily gift of God. (Is. 50:4; 55:10-11)

As one examines preaching in the Old testament in search of a “pattern” or “model” for the ministry of the Word, two texts in particular stand out: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 and Nehemiah 8:1-12.

preaching in the Old TestamentThe preacher of Ecclesiastes reminds us that “good preaching” is the ability to deliver the “words of truth correctly” (Eccl. 12:10). Good exposition involves developing the skill of expounding the Bible using contemporary language and thought to give a clear and powerful proclamation. The elements of both teaching and preaching are made relevant through explanation and application.

In Nehemiah we read, “and they read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly; and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading” (Neh. 8:8, RSV). Here the exposition of the Word involved three elements: presentation of the Word (they read it); explanation of the Word (they interpreted it); and exhortation based on the Word (they applied it).

-Bryan Chapell, “Components of Expository Preaching,” Preaching 10, no. 6 (May-June 1995): 4. See also David C. Deuel, “An Old Testament Pattern in Expository Preaching,” The Master’s Seminary Journal 2, no. 2 (Fall 1991): 136.

Taking these two texts as models, our own expositional/homiletical analysis of them could prove fruitful. Note the following outlines as representative of how one might approach these texts with a view to expounding them in the preaching/teaching context.

Preaching in the Old Testament: “THE PREACHER ON PREACHING”

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14


1. We preach didactically. 12:9

2. We preach logically. 12:9

3. We preach thoughtfully. 12:10

4. We preach truthfully. 12:10


1. It provides principles to guide us. 12:11

2. It provides priorities to guard us. 12:12


1. It reminds us of why we are here. 12:13

2. It reminds us of what God will do. 12:14

Preaching in the Old Testament: “PREACHING AND THE WORD OF GOD”

Nehemiah 8:1-12


1. We should gather to hear God’s servant.

2. We should gather to hear the Holy Scriptures.


1. We must read the Word of God. 8:2-3, 8

2. We must listen to the Word of God. 8:3

3. We must honor the Word of God. 8:5

4. We must explain the Word of God. 8:8


1. We should bless the Lord with our voice.

2. We should bow before the Lord with our face.


1. Preaching should bring conviction. 8:9

2. Preaching should bring celebration. 8:10-12


Helpful Links:

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Expository Preaching: Albert Mohler Jr.

He is Not Silent: Albert Mohler Jr.

Albert Mohler JrFew pastors, preachers, or theologians of any denomination have not heard the name Albert Mohler Jr. I have had the privilege to have met him on a few occasions but our conversations were rushed and quite informal. Meeting him at conferences or conventions obviously is not as beneficial as sitting down more formally to engage in detailed dialogue about matters of the church and the place of preaching in the postmodern world. In those few brief encounters I sensed his passion for the call of God and the authority for the Word. While, as we each tend to do, I do have my differences with him on a few very minor points of theology yet I find myself enjoying his writings. In fact, in spite of all the possible choices for a primary text book, I chose his He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a PostModern World for my doctoral course related to Contemporary Preaching. In this article I will provide a surface review of this book.

Amazon’s editorial review reads as follows:

Contemporary preaching suffers from a loss of confidence in the power of the Word, from an infatuation with technology, from an embarrassment before the biblical text, from an evacuation of biblical content, from a focus on felt needs, from an absence of gospel.” Preaching, the practice of publicly expositing the Bible, has fallen on hard times. How did this happen? After all, as John A. Broadus famously remarked, “Preaching is characteristic of Christianity.” In this powerful book, He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World, R. Albert Mohler Jr. shows us how. In a style both commanding and encouraging, Mohler lays the groundwork for preaching, fans the flame on the glory of preaching, and calls out with an urgent need for preaching. This message is desperately needed yet not often heard. Whether you’re concerned or enthused by the state of the church today, join Mohler as he examines preaching and why the church can’t survive without it.

He is Not Silent: Albert Mohler Jr.: An Overview

Albert Mohler JrThe book is typical of what we have all come to expect from Albert Mohler Jr. He stands firm on the authority of the Bible for preaching, ministry, and worship. As one would expect he relates the place of expository preaching to worship and reminds the reader that preaching should remain central in worship. Mohler lays out the standard evangelical (and much needed) theology of exposition and reminds us that God did not stop speaking to His church. Expounding upon the truths of the Bible is the manner in which God still speaks to His people. The Bible and its truths remain relevant in the postmodern world.

Reminding us Who God is Albert Mohler Jr takes the reader back to the foundational principles that are pounded in seminary classrooms (or at least should be). Matters such as: (*) the preacher’s understanding of where his authority lies and what his purpose(s) should be in biblical exposition, (**) the preacher’s dedication to doctrinal truth, (***) and a reminder that a sense of urgency should burn within the heart and soul of the dedicated expositor; to name only a few. The preacher should strive to know and understand the culture in which he finds himself, but the unalterable truths of God’s Word should never be changed or compromised. On these matters I stand firmly in the corner of Albert Mohler Jr.

He is Not Silent: Albert Mohler Jr.: A Final Thought

These are indeed the best of times and the worst of times. I am thankful for a renaissance of expository preaching especially among many young preachers. I am thankful for stalwart pulpit examples who now serve as mentors to a generation hungry to see how biblical exposition constitutes the very center of effective and powerful ministry … ” Albert Mohler Jr. p. 21.

I chose this book for my doctoral course because of its reminders, its challenges, and more importantly; its need. I believe all preachers dedicated to truth and the Great Commission NEED to devour this book. Like Lawson’s Famine in the Land it will stir the heart and soul of true expositors who want nothing more than to glorify God in their preaching even in these challenging days of postmodernism.

~ Tony Guthrie, Ph.D.

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Expository Preaching: The Passions of Expository Preachers

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This article will be related to the Passions of Expository Preachers. Within the heart of every minister are motivational passions (the things that drive us). Books have been produced by the scads on the essential qualities of effective ministers. This is indeed true of of those who preach or teach the Word of God on a regular basis. And yet while it is true of us there are, in my opinion, three foundational passions that drive the work we do. Possess these and you will love the work. If, however, you don’t have them then you will likely struggle daily to even engage the ministry  of preaching.

The Passions of Expository Preachers: The Call

Expository PreachersAs one reads through the Scripture it is easy to detect an encouraging truth … God calls those he plans to use. Room does not suffice in the article to list all the examples, but most of us would readily agree with this. Noah was called, Abraham was called, Joesph was called, each of the prophets were called, and even the disciples were called. It is this called that stirs the passions of expository preachers.

All successful ministers that I know personally or from what I have read of them, to a man, will attribute his success in ministry to the call God placed on his heart to serve. Many left lucrative careers in business in order to pursue what they believed God had asked them to do. Many will say that the call is so deep within them that they would preach God’s Word even if there was no compensation for doing so. Many, perhaps even most, expository preachers are committed to God because they believe He committed to the through a special calling.

The Passions of Expository Preachers: The Word

expository preachersThe work of expository preachers is driven by a burning desire to accurately represent what God has said. No personal agendas exist, or should exist, for those who believe they have been called of God to proclaim the life-altering, soul-saving truth of the Bible. In a day and age when “relevant” preaching is discussed by so many, true expositors understand that the message of the Word of God is eternally relevant and timeless. One does not make the Word “relevant,” … it already is.

One of the elements of my definition of preaching is “a properly interpreted passage of Scripture.” Dedicated expository preachers insist on honoring the Word of God by studying it so intensely, in a quest for accuracy of interpretation, that they will not preach a passage until they believe they have captured the truths of the passage. They do not look for what they “like” or even what inspires them, they look for God’s truth and nothing  more. The passion for truth motivates all they do. They know that it is truth from God’s perspective that truly changes lives.

The Passions of Expository Preachers: The Work

The work for expository preachers can mean long hours and sometimes little rest. The pastorate (or other ministerial vocations) oftentimes demand so much. Congregants die at the most inopportune times and the pastor must be with family. Church and community functions, fellowship obligations, staff meetings, crisis management, evangelistic efforts, family responsibilities, counseling, and so many other obligations demand the attention of the preacher. Yet, and even in spite of these realities, the dedicated expository preacher never uses the excuse of “no time” to compromise his commitment to being an accurate expositor. He may make some compromises in his life, but never as it relates to his preparation to preach God Word.

Expository preachers love the work of exposition. They commit to it even it if means burn the proverbial “midnight oil.” We each should ask ourselves if we love the work to this degree. I believe God has earned this level of commitment from us.

Expository Preachers: A Final Thought

Within all humanity lie passions for something, perhaps many things. But for those who have engaged the work of preaching, in order to truly enjoy the ministry, their must have been a calling from God Himself. There must be a passion to honor the truths of the Word and never compromise them for the purpose of a personal agenda. There must be a dedication to the necessary work to convey the message of God accurately.

Tony Guthrie, Ph.D.


Some Helpful Links:

  • “Textual, Expository, Redemptive-Historical, Applicatory” Preaching? – So the question we now have to answer is, “If all expository preachers differ in their style, structure and approach to preaching can we say that there is one specific way of preaching that we ought to be aiming for?” The answer …
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Expository Preaching Defined

Defining Expository Preaching

In the video clip below three noted preachers and trainers of preachers discuss the importance and practice of delivering expository messages from God’s Word. Video features three Council members of The Gospel Coalition: Mike Bullmore, senior pastor, CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin; Bryan Chapell, president, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis; and David Helm, pastor, Holy Trinity Church, Chicago. See the full discussion here:

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Defining Expository Preaching: Tony Guthrie’s Definition

Expository Preaching is: “The oral proclamation of a properly interpreted passage of Scripture, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by a God-called messenger, to an assembled body, for the glory of God and the accomplishment of His purposes.”




Welcome to Expository Preaching

Expository Preaching Welcomes You!


Are you looking for a GOOD website for Expository Preaching? Not just one that features some famous preacher or his opinions? Well, welcome to a site where you can actually learn the approach or enhance the skills you already have. On this site you will find articles on expository preaching BUT also video training and so much more. This site is practical and user-friendly … and best of all it is FREE teaching that is right from the seminary classroom. We hope this website is a blessing to you.

 Expository Preaching – The Host and Teacher

expository preachingTony Guthrie is a Professor of Preaching at Luther Rice University and Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. i n Homiletics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is author of Crossing the Homiletical Bridge, a textbook on expository preaching. He has put on this site most of his video lectures and a few other bonus explanations of the homiletical bridge (an approach to the expository preaching method). Everything on the site is free. It would be appreciated if you would purchase the e-version of the book (click here) to offset the costs involved in making a free resource like this available.


 Expository Preaching – Thank You

expository preachingAgain, thank you for visiting this site dedicated to the discipline of biblical preaching. Please enjoy the free resources and please share it will all you believe will benefit. We believe that our approach is the most biblical for preaching the Word of God.

We expect to be updating the site on a regular basis so please check back frequently. Please pray for Dr. Guthrie as he continues to teach and share his knowledge with those that attend his classes or visit this site.
Be blessed as you continue your service for the glory of God.



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Here is a list of artcles that may be beneficial!

  • Expository Preaching | For Christ and Culture – Dr. Barry Creamer explains what expository preaching is and why it is important for the church today:
  • Preaching with Authority: Three Characteristics of Expository … – Authentic expository preaching is marked by three distinct characteristics: authority, reverence, and centrality. Expository preaching is authoritative because it stands upon the very authority of the Bible as the word of God.
  • Expository preaching | Bensonian – Albert Mohler has observed that “the therapeutic concerns of the culture,” and “the flimsy pretensions of postmodernity” influence preaching. Topical and narrative preaching prevail in evangelical churches. Mohler advocates …
  • What is Expository Preaching? | The Savannah Project – It’s not enough these days to say that we are committed to biblical preaching. Few self-respecting evangelical pastors would say, “At our church we don’t preach the Word.” And yet, in many worship services, the Word of God is …
  • Expository Preaching—The Antidote to Anemic Worship – Furthermore, music is one of God’s most precious gifts to his people, and it is a language by which we may worship God in spirit and in truth. The hymns of the faith convey rich confessional and theological content, and many …
  • The Olford Expository Preaching Bundle – Our Lowest Price Ever – OlfordBundle For the better part of the 20th century, Dr. Stephen F. Olford (1918-2004) had a remarkable impact on the church and evangelism worldwide. Dr. Olford was a role model to many prominent preachers such as …
  • Expository Preaching | Cornerstone Baptist Church – Cornerstone Baptist Church is committed to expository preaching. But what is expository preaching? Most simply, expository preaching is a form of preaching that bases its positions on the inspired meaning of the biblical text.
  • CALL TO DISCERNMENT: Why Expository Preaching Matters – If preaching is central to Christian worship, what kind of preaching are we talking about? The sheer weightlessness of much contemporary preaching is a severe indictment of our superficial Christianity. When the pulpit …
  • Expository Preaching | Strands of Thought – Since D. A. Carson’s messages on “The Primacy of Expository Preaching” were one of the promptings that led to the birth of the EFCA Forum on Expository Preaching, I thought it would be helpful to hear again his definition of …
  • Expository Preaching – First Insights – Empower Network – What does the text say? How does the text say it? What did the text mean to the original hearers? *What does the text mean to the church today? *What does the text mean to me? *What does the text mean to the congregation …