When you are preparing for preaching, one must edit the sermon. One must take a very close look at the sermon and rewrite it. Henry Mitchell has written a very important article on this very subject that you can find in Best Advice for Preaching. I would encourage all new preachers to get this book.
Henry Mitchell provides some things that the preacher should refine and revise in the editing process. These are:
- Grammar and Consistency – Here correct the grammatical problems
- Sentence Structure – Simplify
- Paragraph Structure – Shorten, provide good topic sentence, and good transitions.
- Words – Choose the word you want, use clear words and limit adjectives and adverbs.
- Particularity – Get out of the theoretical clouds and preach in particulars with concrete details.
- Pronunciation – Figure out how you will pronounce the words in the sermon. Correctly pronouncing a Biblical city or personality really helps your credibility.
When you edit your sermons, think about these aspects as suggested by Henry Mitchell.