How To Write Sermon Content

How To Write Sermon Content

How to write sermon content provides an example of putting sermon content to a sermon outline from Philippians 4:10-23.

How To Write Sermon Content

When you complete your sermon outline, you will need to write sermon content to your sermon outline.

Your sermon outline expands and explains your main preaching point. Moreover, the sermon content continues the expansion and explanation process.

The sermon outline below is from Philippians 4:10-23. You can read the introduction to this sermon by clicking How To Write A Sermon Introduction.

There are four truths to help us find and maintain contentment in Jesus Christ. They are:

  1. Being confident in God's providental care (Phil 4:10)
  2. Being impartial to circumstances (Phil 4:11-12)
  3. Being found in the strength of the Lord (Phil 4:13)
  4. Being preoccupied with the well-being of others (Phil 4:14-20)

How To Write Sermon Content To A Sermon Outline

The sermon content to this sermon outline is not exhausive. However, it gives you an idea of how to write sermon content to a sermon outline.

There are four principles for finding contentment in the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Be Confident in God's Providential Care (4:10)

Look at verse 10, “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity."

It says here at the beginning of verse 10 that Paul rejoiced greatly in the Lord. Why? Because of the way God used the Christians at Philippi to provide for his basic needs.

Now, this was not the first time the Christians at Philippi had sent Paul a gift (see 4:16) but we read at the end of verse 10 that God had stirred their hearts and given them an opportunity to provide for Paul’s basic needs again.

So, Paul was grateful for their gift but also he saw the gift as God’s provision. And that was the source of Paul’s contentment. He was content in the Lord because he knew God would provide his needs.

That’s why Paul said in verse 6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Paul knew that God would provide for his basic needs. Do you have that confidence?

2. Be Impartial to Circumstances (4:11-12)

Look at verses 11 and 12, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

Paul did not become a victim of his circumstances. In fact, Paul learned to look beyond his circumstances and see the hand of God.

That was the source of his contentment. You know, so often, we allow our circumstance to become the source of discontentment. And yet, Paul learned to be satisfied and content regardless of his circumstances. If only we could learn this principle, then I believe we would be content.

Don't let your circumstances rob you of contentment in the Lord!

3. Be Found in the Strength of the Lord (4:13)

Look at verse 13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Literally the Greek text says, “In all things I continue to be strong by the One empowering me.”

As one commentator said, “Paul’s strength for ‘everything’ lay in the One who continually empower Him”

Of course, that One is Jesus Christ. Regardless of his circumstances, regardless of his possessions, Paul’s strength lay in the One who continually empowered him. And that was the source of his contentment. Jesus Christ was the source of his contentment, not his circumstances and certainly not his material possessions.

Is your strength in the Lord? Paul’s strength was found in the Lord and he was able to face every situation with confidence and contentment.

4. Be Preoccupied With the Well-Being of Others (4:14-20)

Although Paul had received a generous gift from the Christians at Philippi (4:18), nevertheless, his preoccupation was not with the gift itself, but his preoccupation was with the givers.

Look at verses 14-16, notice Paul said, “you have done have done a good thing.”

Why did Paul say this? Well, the reason is because he could see God at work in the Philippian church and this was a source of great satisfaction for Paul.

Now this was further demonstrated in verses 17 and 18.

Again, Paul’s preoccupation was not the gift but the spiritual well-being of the givers. Yes, Paul appreciated the gift but he could see a greater principle at work and this was a source of great satisfaction for Paul. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Paul was extremely delighted to see God at work in the Philippian Church and this brought great satisfaction to him.

Some Concluding Comments

How to write sermon content is really part of the expansion and explanation process of sermon outlining. Get this right and you will find writing sermons will get a lot easier.

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