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Homiletics Online is your source for sermon preparation, inspiration, commentary and worship resources.

Admit it: You thrive on preaching. Sure, you get some fulfillment from other facets of ministry. But when it comes down to it, you've been called to preach — and doing that well really pumps you up. Equally important, you know that preaching can be life-changing for listeners, especially when it's the relevant, supercharged sort of preaching you strive for.

You realize, of course, that this kind of preaching must be constantly fueled by material that pushes the boundaries and breaks with convention.

Homiletics Online is that kind of sermon preparation resource. It’s not filled with word-by-word sermons; rather, it’s a tool for compiling better topical messages. Our mission is to help everyone who preaches — no matter your experience level — produce more effective sermons. The Homiletics Online editorial team holds fast to principles of biblical exegesis while crafting meaningful messages of biblical interpretation. These principles are sure to help anyone add a bit of spice — and certainly more punch — to sermons. As a preacher, your ultimate goal is to bring your congregation closer to God as you expound on the sacred Scripture, compelling listeners to action.


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We have more than 30 years' worth of weekly installments, with new material added monthly every week, to help build your sermon prep. Each installment online consists of the following categories to help bring God's Word alive for your congregation.

Sermon Inspiration

Relevant material designed to spark your creativity and help you write a sermon for Sunday morning worship, no matter where you’re preaching from these days. Each sermon treatment is built off a central idea that’s pulled from a lectionary-based familiar biblical passage.

Commentary

An exegetical probe into the cultural, historical, grammatical and contextual meaning of the week's Bible reading, providing a scholarly background for your sermon preparation.

Sermon Illustrations

Insights, anecdotes, quotations and references to current events that dovetail with the sermon material or your preaching point.

Children's Sermons

Simple stories help you reach the smallest members of your congregation. Perfect to create videos for social media or share on your church's website.

Worship Resources

Each installment includes ideas for calls to worship, prayer, hymns and responsive readings, benedictions, and more relating to the Scripture theme. These resources help you create a worship experience that ties in seamlessly with your message.

PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint files with matching images for your sermon topic. Simply download, add your text and send to your media team!

Each of the above categories is fully searchable by keyword, topic, category, Scripture or Lectionary date to quickly find exactly what you're looking for. Want to preach beyond the lectionary about a specific topic? No problem, you can search our sermon archive for a specific Scripture or topic. Whether you're writing and building a sermon series or simply want sermon outline inspiration, Homiletics Online is a valuable companion in your weekly quest to make every sermon one that drives the message home in people’s hearts, minds and emotions.


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September-October 2021 Jesus Gets a Reputation

Jesus Gets a Reputation

Mark 7:24-37

We need a word to describe the experience of trying to be alone, and then meeting someone who spoils everything. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus tries to be alone and discovers that it is impossible.

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Sometimes Homiletics Online will make you laugh. Sometimes it will rip your heart out. Sometimes it will make you say, “Yes!” Sometimes it will make you say, “Hmm.” Sometimes it will make you ask, “Huh?” But along with great ideas and metaphors, Homiletics Online also paints word-pictures for conveying the gospel to today's audiences. You'll draw people in with titles like “The Naughty, the Nasty and the Nauseating,” “Red Bull Buzz” and “Engineering for Eternity.” And of course, Homiletics Online anchors the quest for truth found in the Bible.

As a church leader, you want to be able to expound on the main idea or passage in a way that engages and encourages your congregation. For thousands of pastors, our expository sermon ideas are a trusted resource to use during the sermon preparation process of working to share God's truth with church members and visitors.

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In the Current Issue of Homiletics Online

To get an idea of what you'll receive each month with your paid membership, here are some excerpts from the most recent issue. Our material helps you move seamlessly from a sermon idea to manuscript to pulpit.

Jesus Gets a Reputation
Jesus Gets a Reputation
Mark 7:24-37

We need a word to describe the experience of trying to be alone, and then meeting someone who spoils everything. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus tries to be alone and discovers that it is impossible.

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Let Us Stand Up Together
Let Us Stand Up Together
Isaiah 50:4-9a

Twenty years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we need to face our challenges as united Christians alongside other people of faith in a truly United States of America. But how do we do this?

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The Snowplow Conundrum
The Snowplow Conundrum
Psalm 1

We must exercise caution in assuming our fellow Americans are on the wrong course — or even vile — because they make different decisions about politics or social issues. That judgment is up to God.

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Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22

The book of Esther is a diaspora story, as is Daniel. But in Daniel, we see Daniel’s God. In Esther, God is nowhere to be found. No mention of religion. Why is Esther in the Bible at all?

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Joining the Paul O’Sullivan Band
Joining the Paul O’Sullivan Band
Genesis 2:18-24

God created us for community, to help and support each other so that we do not face the challenges of life alone. But how do we cross the boundaries that so often separate us? Paul (not the apostle) gives us a clue.

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Separation Anxiety
Separation Anxiety
Psalm 22:1-15

It can be a terrible thing when a child is separated from a parent for the first time. Feelings of abandonment, anxiety, and blame often follow. This psalmist is in similar trouble, and he knows who’s responsible.

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Master Class
Master Class
Mark 10:35-45

James and John ask Jesus if they can sit in his glory. But Jesus knows what they really need, and what follows is an unforgettable demonstration of what it means to serve others. 

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Smart Glasses
Smart Glasses
Mark 10:46-52

Wearable smart glasses are a great help for the visually impaired, but correcting spiritual blindness requires a different sort of smarts: the humility and desire to see ourselves as we really are and to see Jesus as he really is.

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Spiritual Security
Spiritual Security
Ruth 1:1-18

Ruth — with a little help from Teddy Roosevelt and the Golden Gate Bridge — teaches us how to recognize different types of security … and which kinds are the most valuable.

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