Make Smooth Transitions
Once the basic outline of the sermon is in place, some transitional wording needs to be inserted between the big idea and the main points of the outline. This involves asking a pertinent question about the big idea and then answering it with a second statement. The transition may be left out of the written outline, but it will always be necessary to make the transition verbally when you preach.
Connect Your Thoughts
Once the big idea of the sermon has been chosen, the main points of the outline will need to be constructed. Roman Numerals should be used to identify the main points of the outline. The main points will have a specific relationship to the big idea, but the big idea should remain the singular focus of the sermon. However, the main points will need to say something important about the big idea. They may give further explanation of the big idea, establish proof of the big idea, apply the big idea in some fashion, or restate the big idea. Keeping these four possible relationships in mind each time you construct an outline will help you produce outlines with a singular focus. The main points should never stand alone, but always complete or complement the big idea.