Do I know how to prepare a sermon? I have being trying since I was about 16 I guess. I wanted to preach in my Dad’s church at Roanoke Baptist Temple in Roanoke Va. I guess back in high school. 10th grade. I had really no clue for sure. I knew I wanted to talk about a subject that I had read in a book. And I wanted to tell the people in the church. I was no Charles Spurgeon at 16 that is for sure. cwhisna.blogspot.com
But that does not mean I have not tried to learn. I started teaching the Youth at RBC in 1963 and the first lessons were from Psalms and then Revelation. Those were the two books in the Bible I had been studying.
Dad had a great library at the house, plus he had a Christian bookstore. I had plenty of books to read and study. Of course that is what I believed you were to do for sermon preparation.
Dad would take me to Fellowship Meetings and I would take notes of the preachers that was preaching, and I have done that now for ever.
As I said “When better sermons are printed I will preach them.” And that was true. Lee Robertson had a sermon each week in his paper. Some of the best sermons I preached was in that paper.
Oh how I had wished I had learned to prepare a sermon from the start. But that I didn’t in those early years. After all Fundamental Baptist Preachers just get up at preach without any preparation.
I loved to study. I read the Bible every day since the year 1960 when I grandmother Whisnant gave me $5 to read the Bible.
I always took notes as I read and study.
I always put notes in my Bible, there was not a page that I did not mark a verse or write a note.
Photo one: Notes I typed
Photo Two: Everette Whisnant sermon
Photo Three: Dad’s Sermon Notes
Photo #4 Lee Roberson sermon
Photo #5 Dad sermon notes
Photo #6 Marked Bible and Notes
Photo #6 Harold Sligher notes