How to Preach Without Notes

  • How to Preach Without Sermon Notes

Preach Without Notes Preaching  Without  Notes is all to do with faith.  If you are prepared to step out in faith, and say; “OK Lord, I will do this”;  then you can do it.

  • Prayerful Preparation

The method I use to preach without sermon notes is outlined in the post “How to Preach“. It simply consists in prayerful preparation.  It is outside of the scope of this post to talk about “What to Preach“; so we will assume that your subject is already decided. Now do this:

  • Go into your quiet place and prayerfully contemplate the chosen subject/scripture.  If you give Him the chance, the Holy Spirit will put ideas into your mind that are pertinent to the subject – and He may suggest passages of scripture that further illustrate the point in hand
  • Examine these ideas/passages as they are offered, and the subject will expand and become whole.
  • Continue this process until the flow of inspiration dries up.

God treats each of us in a manner suited to our personal learning nature, and very much as individuals; so you may require many sessions over several days to get a complete “handle” on your subject, or you may find the whole sermon drops complete into your consciousness.

  • The Rhys Method……..

I usually start at the beginning of the week by reading the allotted lectionary readings. There is always a common thread contained in the given readings and that decides the subject for sharing on Sunday morning. I need to have chosen the accompanying songs by Wednesday to allow the “musos” plenty of time to practice, so by the time that is done, the selected readings are digested and printed out for the scripture readers, and the order of service is set out, then the “bones” of the subject are already in mind.

  • Relevant Material

I then use whatever “free” time I have during the rest of the week, and devote it to contemplation of the points already in mind. It is both surprising and enjoyable to find other little pieces of relevant material coming to mind during moments of mental free time, like in the shower, or waiting for someone, or whatever occasions there may be when the mind can be [prayerfully] open to suggestion.

  • Be Spirit Led

I do not attempt to organise this material into a structured whole, but instead rely on the prompting of the Holy Spirit when I begin to speak. This allows some flexibility to “change direction” in mid flow as may be needed, and is truly a way to preach without notes.

7 thoughts on “How to Preach Without Notes

  1. I remember the first time that The Holy Spirit led me to preach without notes. Talk about a faith walk! For many years now, I have been preaching as led by The Spirit, and it is a true pleasure and joy to do so. I thank God for enabling this gifting to operate in preaching His Word!

  2. God really works tremendously over those people who feared him. I remembered when my father preached for the sunday service message without looking at his outline notes and the message which was the Holy Spirit leds him to preach was he then successfully delivered. That time the Holy Spirit was really working in our mids and from the words he delivered many came into repentance, many heartbroken been healed and each one of us really been edified from our faith. Thanks for sharing this. God bless.
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  3. Through the e-mail address provide me with the notes that can make some to preach well.I want to have the notes so that we can teach one another.
    John

  4. I totally agree with this,Mr Rhys. I remember when I had my first time to handle the prayer meeting and I was appointed to bring the message of God, I really don’t know what to preach and how to preach,I haven’t had any training about it. But then I remembered what the bible says that we don’t need someone to teach us because it is the Holy Spirit himself who will teach us His words, and so I just prayed and I asked Jesus Christ to teach me what to say since He is the teacher and everything indeed went well. I was guided through His Scripture and I was blessed because many were blessed by the message. and it was incredible!

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