Preacher's Source Book

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  1. PilgrimPastor

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    I am curious what you folks think of using materials such as the "Preacher's Source Book" which provides for you a complete sermon, hymn sleections, and basically a service in a can.

    I always prepare an original sermon, write the litrugy (we are traditional with openning call to worship, unision prayer, etc.) I use various resoruces in sermon preparation but have never "praeched" someone elses material.

    What do you do? Think? I am curious to hear perspectives on such a thing.
     
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    I like to read those..

    I may pick out a sermon outline.. then develop my own sermon on that outline...

    Isn't it plagarizing to preach someone elses sermon and call it your own?

    And besides sermons should be personalized to the church they are being preached in...

    Even Starbucks personalizes their expressos...
    We can at least personalize the sermons we preach to the needs of the church.
     
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    I feel the same way. As busy as I get with church and family at times, I understand the appeal to be a "Fast Food Preacher" but other than for reference, I can not see just using others sermons. I post a lot of mine on sermon central.com because it makes it really easy to use their sermon audio player for the church website but I wonder how many times my sermons have been flat out plagerized...
     
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    Jerry Vines said he doesn't mind another preacher milking his cow, but they should churn their own butter.
     
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    That's good :)
     
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    Stephen Kitchens who mentored me when I was first called to preach told me, "Don't be afraid to take another man's bones, but hang your own meat on it."
     
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    PP, I like those books. I have used them to get ideas out of but never used the entire service. I guess we are probably a lot less formal than your church, but I find if I try to control the service to much it stifles the spirit. I might write out entire sermons in preparation, but I preach from an outline so I can adjust the message as the spirit leads.
     
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    I have never looked at books like that, however, I do like to read others sermons on the web on the text that I am preaching. I like to see if my thoughts line up with other expositors so that I am not way off in left field with a text.

    I have occasionally borrowed an outline when I was having trouble organizing my own thoughts, but I would never preach someone else´s sermon. And I always try to do this after my initial exegesis of a text.

    Personally I don´t even like doing that, I feel that I develop a better sermon if the outline is one that I came up with. Also I always feel a bit guilty, though I try to give credit to whomever´s outline it was.
     

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