Anabaptist Sermon Structure

Andrii Zvorygin yN-PH2196 mtH2a1 & GPT4
attender of Glad Tidings Fellowship, Tara, ON

November 13, 2023

1 Disclaimer

This is a brief on Anabaptist sermon structure, and is meant as a general introduction, not every sermon will contain every element, and individual congregations may have their own styles. We encourage you to ”test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) and to peacefully set aside what does not resonate with you.

2 Introduction

This guide is designed to help pastors craft sermons that are both scripturally sound and relevant to their congregations, keeping in mind the Anabaptist focus on discipleship, community, and following the teachings of Jesus.

Creating an Anabaptist sermon involves a thoughtful approach that reflects the core values and theological perspectives of the Anabaptist tradition. Here’s a typical outline for an Anabaptist sermon:

Opening Prayer: Begin with a prayer, inviting God’s presence and guidance.
Scripture Reading: Select a Bible passage that aligns with the sermon’s theme. Anabaptists often focus on teachings from the New Testament, especially the Gospels.
Introduction: Introduce the theme or main topic of the sermon, connecting it to everyday life and current issues.
Historical and Cultural Context: Provide background on the scripture passage, explaining its historical and cultural context for a deeper understanding.
Exposition and Interpretation:
Break down the scripture, explaining its meaning and relevance.
Emphasize Jesus’ teachings on peace, community, discipleship, and service.
Practical Application:
Discuss how the scripture can be applied in daily life.
Encourage practices like nonviolence, community building, and simplicity.
Personal Reflection and Testimony: Share personal experiences or testimonies that relate to the sermon’s theme.
Call to Action: Challenge the congregation to apply the teachings in their lives, emphasizing practical steps.
Closing Prayer: Conclude with a prayer that reflects the sermon’s message, asking for God’s help in living out the teachings.
Hymns or Songs: Incorporate hymns or songs that complement the sermon’s message.
Benediction: Offer a blessing to the congregation, sending them out with a message of hope and encouragement.

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading


Historical and Cultural Context

Exposition and Interpretation

Breakdown and Explanation:
Emphasize Jesus’ Teachings: The four themes of peace, community, discipleship, and service are chosen because they are central to Jesus’ teachings and the Anabaptist tradition. However, they are not the only themes present in the Bible or Jesus’ teachings. Pastors can certainly choose other themes based on the scripture they are discussing and the needs of their congregation. Other themes might include faith, grace, redemption, love, forgiveness, humility, and justice. The choice depends on the specific scripture passage and the message the pastor wishes to convey. The key is to connect the themes to Jesus’ life and teachings, demonstrating their relevance and application in the lives of believers.

Any sermon can be related to one or more of Jesus’ teachings:

By doing this, you can draw a direct line from any part of the Bible to the teachings and example of Jesus, demonstrating the consistency and relevance of His message throughout the scripture.

Practical Application

Application in Daily Life:
Encourage Anabaptist Practices: Can tie it in to an Anabaptist such as:

Personal Reflection and Testimony

Call to Action

Closing Prayer

Hymns or Songs