- How to Preach Without Sermon 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.