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The I-Beam of Message Building


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Morris Proctor completed a manual entitled The I-Beam of Message Building. This resource is the result of being asked what procedure he personally used to prepare expository sermons. Over the years he had become comfortable “just preparing sermons” without consciously thinking through the steps. He has now codified and recorded the process that he uses.

From Morris Proctor: “I believe effective sermons should fulfill the two great principles of being Faithful to the Text and Functional for Today. Using the analogy of an I-beam, I guide you through 6 steps to building a sermon and then greatly expand the 6th step.”

In this manual, you will learn how to:

  • Communicate the timeless truths of Scripture in timely ways
  • Capture your listeners’ attention in the first 30 seconds of your message
  • Uncover real needs in your hearers
  • Present the Bible in a persuasive manner
  • Motivate your audience to apply the Bible
  • Craft messages for the pulpit, classroom, or conference room
  • Utilize the human personality’s ability to processes information
  • Connect with your audience
  • Deliver a biblical message without sounding like a history lesson
  • Streamline your message preparation time
  • Organize numerous biblical insights into a targeted message
  • Use a method of message preparation that can be modified for all types of sermons and lessons
  • Identify the main idea in a passage of Scripture
  • Transform the theme of a passage into a message for a 21st century audience
  • Customize your message for the specific needs of your listeners
  • Stay on message without wandering down “rabbit trails”

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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Top Highlights

“The sermon is not the goal. The truth encounter resulting in changed lives is.” (Page 11)

“True expository preaching discovers the primary idea in a biblical passage and then organizes the sermon around that one main point.” (Page 8)

“The Bible, not personal opinions and ideas, should be the source and content of sermons.” (Page 4)

“We preachers must have one foot firmly planted in the world of the passage and the other foot planted in the world of the people.” (Page 12)

“correct interpretation precedes contemporary application.” (Page 8)

  • Title: The I-Beam of Message Building
  • Author: Morris Proctor
  • Publisher: MP Seminars
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Pages: 121
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Preaching
  • Resource ID: LLS:IBEAM
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-01-18T22:05:18Z
Morris Proctor

Morris Proctor was the certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software for over 25 years. He also pastored and taught for more than 20 years. Logos Bible Software revolutionized his personal study and he devoted his time through his company, MP Seminars, to train Logos users to realize its full potential. Morris wrote several Quick Reference Training Manuals and conducted training seminars and sales demonstrations around the country. He was responsible for training hundreds of users from beginners to advanced including pastors, Christian educators, military chaplains, professors, students, and more.


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  1. Wei Qiang

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  2. Kenny R Marsh

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  3. Brenden Bridges
    This is an excellent resource. A a great tool to prepare sermon in advance and preach sermons that connect with your congregation.