The History and Purpose of The Sermon Notebook

Today’s post was written by guest blogger Alan Carr, creator of The Sermon Notebook, which is currently only sale for 50% off. Learn more about it here.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul, in his words to Timothy, articulated the philosophy that brought The Sermon Notebook into being. Paul wrote, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2 KJV)

The Internet ministry of The Sermon Notebook began as a very small endeavor. In 1997, a friend suggested that I post a series of sermons I had prepared from the book of Revelation. I took his advice. When the initial response to the sermons was positive, and interest in my sermons grew, I developed The Sermon Notebook, and our ministry was born.

Since then, I have posted well over 1,100 sermons. Over the years, the ministry has grown beyond all of my expectations. The ministry of The Sermon Notebook is accessed by tens of thousands of visitors every day, and I regularly receive emails from every populated continent in the world. I am grateful to the Lord for how He has blessed this ministry and used our sermons since those humble beginnings years ago.

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The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit – Syncing Sermons

pastor/teacher's toolkit, wordsearch bible, sermonsSometimes, when creating a sermon, writer’s block hits, or the specific point you want to make seems to elude you, or you have trouble outlining your sermon. Have you ever wished you could see the opinion of another pastor on the topic you’re studying to help nudge you over the block?

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Guest Post – Simple Sermon Strategies that Work

The preacher or pastor is expected to be skilled in designing anywhere from one to three or more sermons per week. Hopefully, we take the expectation of being experts of sermon design, or “displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training experience” (Merriam-Webster definition) seriously.

When designing a sermon, there are some important aspects to consider.

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The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit: Bible Surveys

bible survey, student, pastor, teacher, wordsearch bibleWith 66 books written at different times, by different people, and for different purposes, the Bible can be confusing even to seasoned students of Scripture. One can easily get lost in the details and lose sight of the big picture—you can read an Old or New Testament book and miss its overall themes and messages. Fortunately, there exists a tool that can remedy this problem and bring clarity to potential confusion—the Bible survey.

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Quick Tip – Sermons & Illustrations Window

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The Sermon & Illustration window is a powerful tool that allows you to collect, edit, and quickly find your sermons and sermon illustrations. This helps you create searchable sermons while having your Bible and books open, all on the same desktop. You can also add keywords that help you find your sermon later, so you can see what topics you have written or preached about before.

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Quick Tip – Verse List Window

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The Verse List window creates verse-based outlines. With it, you can create topical studies, lessons, or even sermon outlines. You can organize verses by including named section headings. Sections can be expanded or collapsed. When a section is collapsed, you see only the section heading, not the verses for that section. Verses do not have to be in Bible order. You can attach notes to any section heading or verse.

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