How To Take Sermon Notes

“The motto of all true servants of God must be, ‘We preach Christ; and him crucified.’ A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching.” -Charles Spurgeon

I recently purchased the “Sermon Notebook” by matthiasmedia. After reviewing it for a bit I can definitely recommend it as a wonderful resource. Of course, being a pastor, there were a few things I wanted to change or tweak. We (New Life Church) will begin having copies of these notes available at the Welcome Desk in the church foyer.


  • Find out what the passage is ahead of time and spend some time reading it during the week. Write down any questions that you might have about the text.
  • Date: _________________________
  • Passage: ______________________
  • Topic/sermon title: _______________________
  • What is the general outline of this sermon?
    • ___________________________________________
    • ___________________________________________
    • ___________________________________________
    • ___________________________________________
    • ___________________________________________
  • How does this sermon point me to Jesus?
  • In one sentence, what is the main idea of this sermon?
  • What is God saying to me through this sermon?
  • What will my response be to what God is saying to me?
  • Look back over your sermon notes once during the week. Pray and ask God to use his Word to spiritually transform you into the image of his Son.

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