Recently several students have asked me to help them prepare their first sermons / Bible talks. Before they ever crack the Concordance or open the Lexicon, I recommend that they ask themselves a few questions. I try to answer these questions as I prepare a talk:
1) What is God saying to me?
2) Who will I be speaking to?
3) What does God want me to say to them?
4)When the sermon is over what do I want them to know?
5) When they leave the church what do I want them to do?
Get alone with God and answer these questions and you'll be well on your way! For the experienced communicator: what else do you ask yourself?