Have you picked up this series of posts from Part 1 of Who can I turn to when things come crashing down around me? If not you might appreciate the context.
I love God’s Word and I wish to faithfully preach it. Nothing has aided me more in that process than reading it, praying it and living it. However to ensure that I’m as faithful to God’s intent during my preparation for a sermon, before I turn to a commentary or any other tool, I diagram the text in question.
Over the last few posts I’ve jotted my ideas on Psalms 121. In truth I didn’t spend too long on this “sermon” as it was intended as an assignment rather than a sermon for Crystal Park Baptist Church. I got to start the preparation at 18:00 on a Sunday night after services and evangelism and fathering and husbanding [sic] and finished at about 24:00. Below is the diagram I put together for the work. It took about an hour to do (I usually spend 4 hours diagramming and include language study in the process).
Below is the handout that the congregation would receive for keeping track and note taking. The idea is that the sermon that is preached follows the same structure as the text which is used. God’s intent is explained to the people.
Why did I use the KJV? No particular reason other than I like the way that the thees and the thous roll off the tongue when reading poetic books like Psalms.