This template is for those wanting to use the Simple Sermon Guide for short, flexible, Jesus-focused sermons. You can also download this sermon template I use for all my sermons.


  • Choose a title that reflects the heart of the message from the listener’s perspective


  • To keep the message succinct and clear, ask God to guide you to a single scripture that guides the heart of your message.


  • This short statement captures a truth from the key scripture that you are trying to teach.
  • Use simple, everyday language.
  • Limiting the phrase to a single line (in a big, bold font) makes it easier to remember for both yourself and those you are listening too.
  • Choose simple, everyday language that has some rhythm or rhyme if possible.


  • Recall a brief story from your personal experience that illustrates your key statement
  • Ensure the story is appropriate for your audience and not so personal that you may later regret sharing it or the information is of a nature that it could be used against yourself or someone else.
  • Ensure the story has an emotional component (most often joy) that engages the heart, not just the mind.


  • A symbol could be a ‘prop’ (e.g. cup) or a symbol that people imagine (e.g. a lion).
  • When you are speaking to a diverse audience, have a challenge concept to communicate or simply have more time consider using a symbol of some kind.
  • Ideally the symbol builds on your story and is a symbol your listeners are familiar with.

Step [Pray]:

  • As you invite your listeners to pray, ensure there is a clear step that you have built to.
  • The step should be a challenge arising from your Scripture, articulated in your Statement and vividly captured in your Story and/or Symbol.
  • If in doubt, your Step should be to simply “follow Jesus” in faith for the first time, or in a renewed or continuing manner.