SBS Sermon Notes

SBS   Sermon Notes

Introduction to SBS Sermon Notes

As their name implies, SBS Sermon Notes are brief outlines of sermons preached in past years by SBS founder David B Loughran. They are not 'word for word' copies of sermons, but outlines' which may be used by Christian preachers and teachers. The Notes are all based on the Bible. Indeed their singular claim to any worth is that they do not depart from the Word of God, but plainly present what the Scriptures have to say on a given subject. Bible quotations are often given in full, so that even those who do not possess a Bible can quote from it. Early sermons are being updated with all Bible references from the Authorized King James Version. For an explanation as to why this is being done, see our booklet entitled: Bible Versions.
The Word of Caution at the end of this file is also worth remembering.


There is no hard and fast method for delivering these sermons. Preachers and teachers will need to decide that for themselves. Though each Sermon Note is merely a foundation, a framework, a chassis on which to build your own presentation, it is complete in itself and can be read out at a service and/or tape-recorded for distribution. Or you could add your own introduction, illustrations, visual aids etc., and deliver the sermon in your own way. Make it your sermon; so much so that were you to present it a dozen times, or hear it delivered by a dozen different preachers, it would be unique and alive on every occasion. It will be your sermon. That is the beauty of individuality. You may do as I do and use the notes in the following way:
  1. Tell them what you are going to tell them.
  2. Then tell them.
  3. Then tell them what you have told them.
Allow about 5 minutes for your summary. If time permits, ask questions to see if your audience has understood and remembered what you have taught. This is a good way of assessing how much has been taken in. Then close with a hymn and a prayer which relate to the subject presented. The whole sermon (excluding readings, hymns and prayers) will last about 35-45 minutes. You may take longer if you wish, depending upon the awareness of your audience and the time available etc. But beware! because the longer your talk, the less your audience will remember. Use a blackboard or flip chart if necessary and write up headings and key phrases. This will help fix your message in the minds of your hearers.

You have our permission to print and photocopy these Notes for distribution. There is no need to mention Stewarton Bible School's name when you deliver these sermons either in print or on tape. See No Copyright for more details.

The On-Line Hymnal

Should you want to use SBS Sermon Notes as part of a Sabbath Service, but lack the appropriate hymns and music, then link to The Cyber Hymnal
Note: You'll need a sound card to join in the hymns. That site provides software for download. Visit it!

A Final Word of Caution!

I'll end with a word of caution which comes from the pen of Jack A Moorman in his booklet Conies, Brass & Easter   (B.F.T.#1737) (published by the Bible for Today 900 Park Ave, Collingswood, N.J. 08108 USA.
He writes: " The practice of publicly 'correcting' the Standard English Bible, the Authorized Version, is probably the quickest way to undermine faith. When conservative pastors and teachers tell their people
  • 'A better rendering would be,'
  • 'A more accurate translation is,'
  • 'This is an unfortunate translation,'
  • 'The original would be better expressed as...,'
they are starting a chain reaction of unbelief more damaging than that caused by attacks of modernism. They are in effect saying: 'God has not preserved His Word.' 'The Standard Bible is sullied with error.'
The focus of authority has shifted from the Scriptures themselves to the teacher. Reverent exposition of the text and translation is one thing, correction is quite another!

But are there not justifiable reasons for "occasional" correction of the KJV?
A survey of modern preaching, commentaries, Study Bibles, helps etc., shows that there is nothing "occasional" about it! Once the practice is begun, resistence to further alteration weakens, and there is little which is not affected. Sitting under such a ministry, God's people soon find their Bibles to be "in tatters."

When a Version has become a Standard for nearly 400 years, has been the measuring rod against which all others are judged, has resulted in many millions receiving Christ as Savior, has been the impetus in sending missionaries to the ends of the earth, and has spawned a world of supplimental literature - then we are dealing with the work of God! To say the least, such a Bible should be treated with the greatest respect.

If the experience of a considerable number of fundamental/evangelical leaders is anything to go by: to publicly go on record in criticising the Authorized Version, doesn't seem to have a happy aftermath. There is often a loss of authority in their ministry. The pulpit power is not what it once was. They seem to find themselves on unstable and vulnerable ground. And more than a few have crashed completely and are no longer in the ministry!"

Be warned!     Now go to it and Preach the real Word of God!

All the Sermons and other SBS files at this site are obtainable on request. See Free Disks for details.

SBS   Sermon Notes

June 1999
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland