Let me say at the outset, how to preach without notes is not referring to impromptu or extemporaneous preaching.
On the contrary, how to preach without notes is a technique when mastered will help you preach with freedom in the pulpit without being tied to your notes.
Usually, impromptu or extemporaneous preaching involves little preparation; whereas, preaching without notes is all about preparation. That is, preparing your sermon in a way that allows you to preach without notes.
How To Preach Without Notes – The Key
To preach without notes, you must have a good sermon outline. After all, your sermon outline is your road map for your sermon.
There are three reasons why Christians need to service the debt of love. They are:
- It is a continuous debt (Romans 13:8)
- It is a practical debt (Romans 13:9)
- It is a noble debt (Romnas 13:10)
Having a clearly defined sermon outline will free you from your notes in the pulpit. Furthermore, your sermon outline simply expands and explains your main preaching point.
When I preached the sermon above, I simply introduced the main preaching point, which was servicing the debt of love, by sharing a story about the need to love.
Once I introduced the main preaching point, I simply expanded and explained it with the three sub-points. It went something like this:
The first reason why we should service the debt of love is because it is a continuous debt. Then I expanded and explained the first sub- point. Next!
The second reason why we should service the debt of love is because it is a practical debt. Then I expanded and explained this second sub-point by telling a pertinent story. Next!
The third reason why we should service the debt of love is because it is a noble debt. Then I expanded and explained this point.
I concluded the sermon by simply restating the main preaching point and sub-points and by applying the main preaching point with a challenge.
Although I preached this sermon about 10 years ago, nevertheless I think I could easily preach this sermon again without notes. I still can remember putting this sermon together all those years ago. The sermon outline is still etched in my mind. Why? The reason is because I spend the time studying the passage of Scripture and putting the main preaching point into a sermon outline that allowed me to preach without notes.
What technique do you use to preach without notes?