There is no intention in this context of presenting an elaborate treatise on homiletics. It simply aims to give practical suggestions for the preparation of sermons, special divine messages that will win souls for Christ and edify believers’ faith in God.
THE FIRST AND FOREMOST THING IS PRAYER
God is the creator of mankind and as you intend to deal with man or to communicate human beings, one ought to approach God in effective prayer. Ask God for it. The best texts and topics are those which a man gets on his knees. No one should ever prepare a sermon or divine message without first going alone with God, and there definitely seeking His wisdom, and divine guidance in the choice of a text, topic or subject matter.
a. We must ask God to give us the rightful message. It must be a message that will pierce the heart of the hearers. Every human being need a kind of message that will help him/her to realize his/her need and the necessary solution. Acts 2:27. Joshua 1:8-9, LK. 2:46-47. Acts 14:7-10.
b. We must ask God to give power to the message. There should be divine power given by God to enable the speaker to put the word across in power and authority. Remember that during Christ incarnation he never spoke in a dull manner when He addressed the people it was recognize.
c. We should pray God that our message bear fruit. It is the result that will indicate that our message has been effective. Take note that any tree that grow many leaves without bearing fruit has no benefits to the planter God is the only one that gives the increase.
GET YOUR TEXT OR SUBJECT
A great many neglect to do that, and when they get through preaching they do not know what they have been talking about, neither does the audience. Never get up to speak without having something definite in your mind to speak about. There may be exceptions to that rule. There are time when one is call on suddenly to speak, and one has a right then to look to God for subject matters and manner of address. There are other time when one has made full preparation, but it becomes evident when he is about to speak that he must take up some other line of truth. In such a case also, one must depend upon God. But under ordinary circumstances, one should either have something definite in his mind that he is to speak about, or use keep silence. If one has an opportunity to prepare for the services before him, and neglects that opportunity, God will not set a premium upon his laziness and neglect, by giving him a sermon in his time of need.