Fifteen Questions to Ask of Every Sermon Before Preaching

Writing sermons is a challenge for many reasons. For one, I never feel like my sermons are quite complete! But Sunday is coming, and the writing process must end at some point. Then begin again.

These questions are designed to help you quickly review your sermons before you deliver them. Use this checklist to evaluate your sermon’s content, tone, and application.

    1. Is the good news of Jesus in my outline or manuscript?
    2. How will this sermon please and glorify God?
    3. Who is my audience? Am I preaching to people I know or not?
    4. Was my sermon guided by the Holy Spirit through prayer?
    5. How much time do I have? Is my sermon too long or too short?
    6. Has anything major occurred in the culture this week? Should my sermon address it in some way?
    7. Is there something in my sermon that may cause confusion? Should I modify my sermon to be clearer?
    8. Do my illustrations highlight the text? Will listeners naturally make the connection, or should I be more overt?
    9. What is the most memorable part of my sermon? If someone were to remember only one thing from my sermon, what would I want it to be?
    10. What questions may people have about the text after I preach? Should I address these questions in my sermon?
    11. How will most people feel after I preach? What do I want them to feel?
    12. Do I call people to action? What is this action? Am I upfront and clear about what they should do?
    13. Is this sermon going to be available for public consumption? How might a non-believer react after hearing or watching the sermon?
    14. What is my desired tone? Will I say anything that might detract from how I want to be perceived?
    15. What are my expectations of this sermon? What are my expectations of those engaging with the sermon? Is there any part of my sermon that might interfere with these expectations?

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This certification will equip you to be a better expositor of God’s Word. Whether you are beginning to preach or have many years of experience, this training will give you a greater passion and understanding of the best preaching techniques, methods of preparation, and sermon delivery.

Posted on June 10, 2024


As President of Church Answers, Sam Rainer wears many hats. From podcast co-host to full-time Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Church, Sam’s heart for ministry and revitalization are evident in all he does.
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