Sermon outlines by Dr. Stephen Olford

As mentioned in my Wednesday eBroadcast,  here are this week's sermon outlines by Dr. Stephen Olford.





These sermon outlines (and the previously shared sermon outlines) may also be downloaded in PDF format by subscribers to the free Stephen Olford Collection on this website. 

The full expanded set of sermon outlines is available for purchase from the Dr. Stephen Olford Ministry Online Collection.

This unique set of sermonic material is designed to assist in the development of expository messages. Written by Dr. Stephen Olford, these 364 expanded sermon outlines are presented in 7 volumes (28 quarters) of over 3000 pages. A helpful index is included. These outlines are printed on loose-leaf, three-hole-punched pages and can be kept in a standard 8 ½ by 5 ½ binder (not included).


A word from Dr. David Olford about these sermon outlines:

Dear Friend of Olford Ministries International,

These are days calling...

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The Ancient Prophetic Message of Zephaniah Still Speaks to Us Today

 Tap here to read Zephaniah 2:4-3:8

I think it would be safe to say that we are living in days of crises. 

This contemporary context makes the messages of the Prophets especially relatable because prophets (like Zephaniah) spoke in the context of crisis and crises.
The prophets interpreted these circumstances and crises in the light of the sovereignty, the covenant, and the purposes of God. God revealed His plans to these prophets, including Zephaniah. Zephaniah is filled with the revelation of God’s judgements and the coming Day of the Lord. 
We looked at the first section of Zephaniah two weeks ago. There was a call for “silence” as God revealed His plans for judgment. At the same time, God called for His people to seek Him honestly, obediently, and with humility to avoid the coming judgement. 
This actually is a message for us today as well. For...
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Practical Preaching Workshop October 18 through 21



This is David Olford inviting you to our Practical Preaching Workshop October 18 through 21 here Memphis with Olford Ministries International.

This is a great time for very focused, personal and practical training in expository preaching.

We want to be preachers who rightly divide the word of truth in the power of the Holy Spirit.

So get in touch with us, and join us for our practical preaching workshop October 18 through 21.

We really need to hear from you by October the 10th.

You can call us at 901-453-6422 or 9014 or 536444 or check out our website or to get information.

Blessings to you.

Take care.

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Living a Life Shaped by God’s Revelation

This beautiful Psalm is a poetic celebration and response to God’s personal Revelation both through His Creation and through His Word.


 Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;

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Upcoming Institutes

institutes in memphis Aug 13, 2021

Deadlines are approaching for registration to our upcoming Institutes:


'Evangelistic Preaching' (September 13-15)

'Biblical Leadership' (September 20-22)

Click here for details.

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A service of Thanksgiving in Loving Memory of Elizabeth Hester Rendall

memorial Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Ted Rendall serves as the "Resident Minister and Professor" with Olford Ministries International, Inc. He teaches regularly at the various Institute for Biblical Preaching events.

Recently, Mrs. Hester Rendall went to be with the Lord on July 31, 2021, after an extended time of illness.

A service of Thanksgiving in Loving Memory of Elizabeth Hester Rendall took place  Thursday, August 12 at 11:00 am.

We would like to provide you with the opportunity to watch the service.

I believe God was glorified, Mrs. Rendall was honored, and the family was supported through this service. Dr. Ted Rendall spoke himself towards the end of the service.

Hester Rendall was indeed a "Woman of God."

David Olford 

PS: Click here for the memorial page and obituary for Mrs. Rendall.

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A Most Memorable Meal

Meals are often special occasions. 

They can be special because they are part of a particular celebration. They can be special because they bring together family and friends. They can be special because of the food that has been prepared. Mealtimes can also be special because of words that are said or things accomplished around the meal.

 There are many special meals referred to in the Scriptures. Some are regular feasts, and some are unique occasions. Some involve many people, some involve few. Some involve the regular preparation of the food, and some involve a miraculous provision, such as Jesus’ feeding of the 5000 and the 4000.

I want to focus on one memorable meal found at the end of John’s gospel that, I believe, has much to say to us.

So, turn with me to John 21 and read this account of A Most Memorable Meal that impacted the life of one man especially, the Apostle Peter.

Reading from the ESV: John 21:1-22)

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 ...

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Don’t Settle for Less


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they shall be satisfied”

(Matt. 5:6 ESV)


I made a very rare visit to a department store in the USA a while back and found something called “True Religion.”

Yes, true religion. 

The true religion I found was a line of fragrances, cologne, I think, for men.  I picked up a card beside this pungent product and sure enough it says “True Religion” and then “fragrances.” Then, under these words is a character that looks somewhat like a religious holy man or guru, holding a guitar in one hand and making a happy gesture with the other. What a combination of words and images to sell something to help you smell a particular way!  

Now, I mention this product because it illustrates for me what a touch of religion actually does, it just does something to the outside of you. It is external. It is surface. It doesn’t impact your life at an internal or deep...

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The Exemplary Leader

“But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

(1 Timothy 6:11-12 NKJV)

In 1 Timothy 6:11, the term “man of God” carries a specific emphasis. It underlines the special role of Timothy (in this instance) as a man called of God into His service. And in that role, the person in leadership and the person preaching the Word, is to be an example in life, not just in word.

So, it is appropriate to look with more detail into this exemplary life of the called servant of the Lord. Ultimately such a life is the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s work and power. Here, the Apostle has much to say to his son in the ministry about the kind of life he should lead.

Our discussion will not be comprehensive, but it is representative of what the Apostle...

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