I came across this really cool video a few days ago. It’s from Ed Young’s video blog, and in it he shares how he prepares his sermons every week. Ed is the Senior Pastor of the 18,000-member Fellowship Church, based in Grapevine, TX. He’s especially known for his provocative sermon series titles like “Forgiveness: The Real F-Word” and “Get Your Fear In Gear,” and his out of the box, creative stage design – some of the props he’s used in the past include a king size bed for his series on marriage, and and a Corvette for one of his series’ called “RPM’s”. All these ingredients makes his messages fresh and entertaining while being fully grounded biblically.
So, how does he prepare his sermons?
He says that he reserves Saturday mornings for study. Basically, he spends Saturday mornings in study and preparation for about 2 – 4 hours.
Some of the commentaries and tools he uses include:
1. “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The Bible” – he says that so often when you’ve been preaching for so long it becomes hard to know what to say and what not to say in your sermons, for him he says he tends to say too much, when he could’ve said it in a more conscise way. So “The Complete Idiot’s Guide” helps him to keep his messages lean and to the point.
2. He uses the “Life Application Study Bible” (NIV) a lot – it has some cool notes in it and some great bible character sketches.
3. He uses the Dallas Theological Commentary called “The Bible Knowledge Commentary” bu John F. Walvoord - he’s been using this for a long time
4. He also makes a lot of notes and highlights Bible passages all throughout his Bible as he reads and studies, that tends to stimulate ideas for new and future sermons.
5. He keeps a ‘preaching journal’ with different ideas and illustrations that he fills regularly with all sorts of thoughts and musings that come to mind, as an ideabank to refer to later.
6. He also uses the “Liberty Bible Commentary” by Liberty University, that he’s had for a while.
He’s Saturday schedule basically consist of studying for a few hours at home in the mornings, then he’ll go to the gym and work-out, then he’ll go to the Church, study some more at the Church for a couple of hours, then get ready to preach at their Saturday evening services at Fellowship Church. Sometimes he also paints after a time of Saturday morning study.