SERMON OUTLINES FOR SPECIAL
"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season;
correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful
instruction" (2 Tim.4:2)
The Christian preacher should be an opportunist. Special occasions and
services give special opportunities for ministry. Here are some example
skeletal outlines for a number of occasions, together with helpful
The Dedication Sermon needs
to be thankful, responsible and opportunist.
JESUS LOVES CHILDREN (Mt.19:13-15)
Children were brought to Jesus (v.13)
Children were barred from Jesus (v.13)
Children were blessed by Jesus (vv.14,15).
The Wedding Sermon needs
to be congratulatory, topical and serious.
THE LORD'S WEDDING GIFT
The Lord was invited (v.1)
The servants were instructed (v.5)
The guests were blessed (v.10).
The Funeral Sermon needs
to be sympathetic, challenging and hopeful.
THE STORY OF LAZARUS
Jesus could have come when Lazarus called - but he didn't
Jesus could have healed Lazarus - but he didn't
Jesus could have left Lazarus in grave - but he didn't.
The Baptismal Sermon
needs to be pastoral, challenging and joyful.
BELIEVER'S BAPTISM (Acts 2:38)
Act of discipleship: following Christ (Mt.3:16)
Act of devotion: obeying Christ (Mt.28:19)
Act of dying: identifying with Christ (Rom.6:4).
The Men's Sermon needs to
be thoughtful, direct and relevant.
ENDURING HARDNESS (2 Tim.2:3-7)
Be disciplined like a soldier (vv.3,4)
Be dedicated like an athlete (v.5)
Be diligent like a farmer (v.6).
The Women's Sermon needs
to be practical, helpful and uplifting.
A DEVOTED DISCIPLE (Acts 9:36-43; Jam.1:27)
The discipleship of Dorcas (v.36)
The dedication of Dorcas (v.36)
The death of Dorcas (v.39).
The Youth Sermon needs to
be lively, contemporary and straight.
A SUCCESSFUL FAILURE
John Mark the worker (Acts 13:13)
John Mark the deserter (Acts 15:38)
John Mark the supporter and helper (Col.4:10; Phlm.24; 2 Tim.4:11).
The Children's Sermon
needs to be simple, illustrated and short.
IN THE LION'S DEN (Dan.6)
The plan: Daniel was disliked (vv.6-9)
The prayer: Daniel was diligent (v.10)
The protection: Daniel was delivered (v.21).
The Celebration Sermon
may be inspirational, practical and devotional.
Look to the Lamb of God (Jn.1:29)
Look to the Cross (Jn.19:37)
Look into empty tomb (Jn.20:11)
Look to the fields (Jn.4:35).
The New Year Sermon needs
to be timely, grateful, challenging.
PAUL'S PHILOSOPHY (Phil.3:14,15)
Forgetting the past: It is in God's hands
Straining for the future: It is in God's hands
Pressing on in the present: instructed by the past and inspired by the
The Anniversary Sermon
needs to be grateful, inspiring and directed.
THE LORD IS OUR HELPER (Heb.13:8)
The Lord has helped in the past (1 Sam.7:12)
The Lord is our present helper (Psa.46:1)
The Lord will help in the future (Ezek.48:35).
The Harvest Sermon needs
to be pastoral, grateful and evangelistic.
Example: GOD CARES FOR US
God gives the harvest (Gen.8:22)
God gave his Son (Jn.3:16)
God gives eternal life (Jn.3:36).
The School Sermon needs
to be short, to be point, modern.
LEARNING FROM JESUS (Mt.4:19)
The Graduation Sermon
needs to be congratulatory, inspiring and challenging.
JOSHUA'S GRADUATION (Josh.1:1-9) J
oshua was exercised (vv.1-2)
Joshua was encouraged (vv.3-5)
Joshua was exhorted (vv.6-9).
The Ordination Sermon needs to
minister to the pastor, oversight and church.
BE A SHEPHERD (1 Pet.5:2)
Heed - the commands of God
Feed - the flock of God
Lead - the people of God.
The Farewell Sermon needs
to give appreciation, recognition and exhortation.
Remember: the Word which has been ministered
Remember: the life which has been lived
Remember: the Christ who has been presented.
The Civil Sermon needs to
be well presented, responsible and challenging.
A MODEL LEADER AND STATESMAN (Dt.34:10-12)
Moses was concerned about his people
Moses was consecrated to his calling
Moses was confident in the Lord.
a. How important is it to have a sermon that fits the
b. Do sermons that deal with issues such as conservation
really qualify to be called 'sermons'? Is preaching about environmental
issues really 'preaching'? See: H.Montefiore, Preaching for our Planet,
London, Mowbray, 1992.