The Nuts and Bolts of Sermon Preparation: Exegeting the Text, Part 2

2 Peter 2Now we’re at the point in our sermon preparation where we’re getting down to the nitty gritty. We’ve outlined the entire book, and then read through the book several times, both in English and in Greek. This has all been done with an eye towards breaking the text up into what I’m going to call preaching portions.

While some ministers prefer to preach on a single verse at a time, I don’t like to preach that way. In my experience, you’ll wind up forcing the text. Ideally, the genre of text should determine the portion you preach; that portion maybe longer (even a lot longer) in a narrative text, and probably shorter in a didactic text. In either case, the portion should present a coherent idea to the listener.

Now that the preaching portion has been determined, the real process of exegesis begins.

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