Homiletics How To

Pray and ask God to help you understand what you are about to read.
Select a passage of scripture that you would like to read.
Read the passage at least two times.


1.  CONTENT
  • Go verse by verse and state the facts.  
  • The content does not have to be in complete sentences. 
  • Ask yourself: What is happening in this passage?  Who are the people involved? Where is this taking place? 
  • Group verses together that have similar subject or theme.
    • Here is an example from 1 Samuel 1:
      • Vs 1-2  Elkanah had two wives: Hannah (no children) & Peninnah (had children)
      • Vs 3-5  Elkanah would worship & sacrifice each year in Shiloh.  He gave a double portion to Hannah and single portion to Peninnah and her children.
      • Vs 6-7  Peninnah would provoke Hannah, year after year
      • Vs 8  Elkanah asked Hannah "Why do you weep?  Am I not better than 10 sons."
      • Vs 9-11  Hannah went to the temple & wept bitterly for a son as she prayed & vowed to give her son to the Lord
      • Vs 12-14  Eli observed her praying and thought she was drunk
      • Vs 15  Hannah told Eli she was troubled in spirit & has been pouring out her soul before the Lord
      • Vs 16  Hannah was speaking out of her anxiety and vexation
      • Vs 17  Eli told her to "Go in peace.  May God grant you the desire of your heart."
      • Vs 18-19  Hannah went back to Elkanah and slept with Him.  God remembered Hannah.
      • Vs 20  In due time... Hannah conceived and bore a son.  She named him Samuel which means, I have asked for him from the Lord.
      • Vs 21-23  Elkanah returned to worship but Hannah stayed home with Samuel until she had weaned him.
      • Vs 24-26  When Hannah had weaned him, she took Samuel to the house of the Lord at Shiloh
      • Vs 27-28  She brought Samuel to Eli.  She told Eli that this is the child that she had prayed for, God answered, and she was lending Samuel to the Lord as long as Samuel lived.  Hannah kept her promise
2.  DIVISIONS
  • Group content information into 2-4 divisions ensuring you keep similar themes together.
  • Once you have divided your content into divisions, then you need to give a title to each division; this is called a division statement.  
  • The division statement simply states what is happening in each division.
    • Here is an example from 1 Samuel 1:
      • DIVISION ONE:  THE LORD CLOSED HANNAH'S WOMB
        • Vs 1-2  Elkanah had two wives: Hannah (no children) & Peninnah (had children)
        • Vs 3-5  Elkanah would worship & sacrifice each year in Shiloh.  He gave a double portion to Hannah and single portion to Peninnah and her children.
        • Vs 6-7  Peninnah would provoke Hannah, year after year
        • Vs 8  Elkanah asked Hannah "Why do you weep?  Am I not better than 10 sons."
      • DIVISION TWO:  THE LORD HEARD HANNAH'S PRAYER
        • Vs 9-11 Hannah went to the temple & wept bitterly for a son as she prayed & vowed to give her son to the Lord
        • Vs 12-14  Eli observed her praying and thought she was drunk
        • Vs 15  Hannah told Eli she was troubled in spirit & has been pouring out her soul before the Lord
        • Vs 16  Hannah was speaking out of her anxiety and vexation
        • Vs 17  Eli told her to "Go in peace.  May God grant you the desire of your heart."
      • DIVISION THREE:  THE LORD GRANTED HANNAH'S DESIRE
        • Vs 18-19  Hannah went back to Elkanah and slept with Him.  God remembered Hannah.
        • Vs 20  In due time... Hannah conceived and bore a son.  She named him Samuel which means, I have asked for him from the Lord.
        • Vs 21-23  Elkanah returned to worship but Hannah stayed home with Samuel until she had weaned him.
        • Vs 24-26  When Hannah had weaned him, she took Samuel to the house of the Lord at Shiloh
        • Vs 27-28  She brought Samuel to Eli.  She told Eli that this is the child that she had prayed for, God answered, and she was lending Samuel to the Lord as long as Samuel lived.  Hannah kept her promise
3.  SUBJECT SENTENCE
  • Use your division statements to create a subject sentence.  
  • Read through all of your division statements and summarize them into 10 words or less.
  • The subject sentence must be specific enough that you know exactly what scripture passage is being used.  
  • It must be a complete sentence.
    • Here is an example from 1 Samuel 1:
      • Division One: The Lord Closed Hannah's Womb
      • Division Two:  The Lord Heard Hannah's Prayer
      • Division Three:  The Lord Granted Hannah's Desire
        • Subject Sentence:
          • The Lord heard Hannah's prayer and re-opened her womb.
4.  AIM
  • The aim is what you want your audience to learn from the scripture passage.  
  • It should be short and definite.  
    • Here is an example from 1 Samuel 1:
      • Cause My Audience to Learn that:
        • The Lord wants you to pour out your soul before Him.
5.  APPLICATION
  • Create a real life application for each division.
  • Create open ended questions;  do not ask yes or no questions.
    • Here is an example from 1 Samuel 1:
      • DIVISION ONE:  THE LORD CLOSED HANNAH'S WOMB
        • What is the deepest desire of your heart?
      • DIVISION TWO:  THE LORD HEARD HANNAH'S PRAYER
        • What do you want that would take a miracle of God to happen?
        • Have you truly poured out your soul before the Lord over this desire?  When will you begin praying for your miracle?
      • DIVISION THREE:  THE LORD GRANTED HANNAH'S DESIRE
        • Looking back over your life, what desires of your heart have you already been granted?
        • How can you thank God for these fulfilled dreams?
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AN EXAMPLE OF A FINISHED HOMILETICS

1 Samuel 1- The Lord Heard Hannah's Prayer and Re-Opened Her Womb


The Lord Closed Hannah's Womb
Vs 1-2  Elkanah had two wives: Hannah (no children) & Peninnah (had children)
Vs 3-5  Elkanah would worship & sacrifice each year in Shiloh.  He gave a double portion to Hannah and single portion to Peninnah and her children.
Vs 6-7  Peninnah would provoke Hannah, year after year
Vs 8  Elkanah asked Hannah "Why do you weep?  Am I not better than 10 sons."
  • What is the deepest desire of your heart?

The Lord Heard Hannah's Prayer
Vs 9-11  Hannah went to the temple & wept bitterly for a son as she prayed & vowed to give her son to the Lord
Vs 12-14  Eli observed her praying and thought she was drunk
Vs 15  Hannah told Eli she was troubled in spirit & has been pouring out her soul before the Lord
Vs 16  Hannah was speaking out of her anxiety and vexation
Vs 17  Eli told her to "Go in peace.  May God grant you the desire of your heart."
  • What do you want that would take a miracle of God to happen?
  • Have you truly poured out your soul before the Lord over this desire?
  • When will you begin praying for your miracle?

The Lord Granted Hannah Her Deepest Desire
Vs 18-19  Hannah went back to Elkanah and slept with Him.  God remembered Hannah.
Vs 20  In due time... Hannah conceived and bore a son.  She named him Samuel which means, I have asked for him from the Lord.
Vs 21-23  Elkanah returned to worship but Hannah stayed home with Samuel until she had weaned him.
Vs 24-26  When Hannah had weaned him, she took Samuel to the house of the Lord at Shiloh
Vs 27-28  She brought Samuel to Eli.  She told Eli that this is the child that she had prayed for, God answered, and she was lending Samuel to the Lord as long as Samuel lived.  Hannah kept her promise
  • Looking back over your life, what desires of your heart have you already been granted?
  • How can you thank God for these fulfilled dreams? 

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