Last time, we looked at all of the stuff that can get in the way of sermon preparation. Now we’re going to start getting down to the nitty-gritty of sermon preparation, and we’re going to start by looking at all of the stuff that, in my opinion, ought to be happening in the background.
But before I delve into those things, let me reiterate that this is my process; yours may look different. In fact, it probably does. Don’t take away from this series that there’s only one way to prepare your sermons. However, there are certain things that should be common across the different processes and methods.
All of the stuff I’m going to talk about today forms the background for your sermon prep. All of the nuts and bolts of preparing the sermon we’ll call foreground, and we’ll start dealing with that soon.