Top 20 Christ-Centered Expository Preaching Checklist


  1. Preach the text/Preach Christ and His Kingdom (redemptive history, epoch, person & work of Christ, eschatological fulfillment in the Kingdom of Christ)
  2. Honor the Authors of the text
  3. Apply the text in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  4. Preach with authority as an ambassador of Christ
  5. Understand preaching as an eschatological act of spiritual war that demands prayer and Spirit-given unction
  6. Preach the sermon and not the outline
  7. Remember the outline is primarily for you and not the congregation
  8. Prepare sermon notes in thought blocks with orality mind
  9. Keep your audience in mind as you prepare
  10. Concretize illustrations and application bringing theological truth down the ladder of abstraction
  11. Use an illustration like a window not like a painting
  12. Start strong. Do not slowly ramp up. Finish strong. Do not introduce new ideas in the conclusion
  13. Do not narrate your sermon moves and make sure sermon moves are connected and not abstracted from one another (why I prefer to say moves and not points)
  14. Avoid statistics and lists (if used—personalize)
  15. Do not lose the text or allow the congregation to lose the text as you preach
  16. Do not lose the genre as you preach
  17. Make sure the sermon honors the form and the feel of the text
  18. Always bring the gospel to bear on religious Pharisees, Sadducees and idols
  19. Remember that the Gospel is the key to justification and sanctification
  20. Ask – Did Jesus have to be resurrected for this sermon to work? If not, start over
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  1. Ray Umphrey June 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for this! This is a very good list. I’ve actually been gathering everything I can get on expository preaching lately and this is a perfect article for my research! I love number 20.

  2. David Prince June 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement! Hope you continue to find the site helpful.

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