How do you come up with a good thesis statement for a sermon topic?

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kateanswers eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your thesis statement for any written or spoken piece should really summarize the themes or purpose of your work. For a sermon, I would also place emphasis on how the sermon relates to God, the Bible, or other scripture. Your thesis statement should be able to stand alone and convey your message clearly, but also rely on the rest of the sermon to back it up.

Here are some things to consider:

What is the message of your sermon? Are you addressing a specific problem, or just looking to remind your community?

How does your message relate to God, the Bible, or other scripture?

Have you already come up with any really powerful phrases in your spoken or written sermon? These can help you narrow down your thesis statement.

Remember that theinterpretation of your sermon may be different for each person who hears it because of personal things going on in our lives and our differing levels of relationship with God.

I would suggest making a list of the most important points of your sermon, or writing a short summary. Use these to help you narrow down into one or two sentences the overarching lesson to be learned from the sermon. Try not to include passages or quotes in your thesis statement, as it should be your own voice conveying the message. Put it in the simplest terms possible, and then later back up your thesis statement with the rest of your sermon.