If I was going to say some things about preaching, I might say these:
- The best sermons are ones you can say in a sentence. Everything that happens in that sermon should illustrate, support, or elucidate that sentence.
- Preparing to preach and planning worship are the same thing. Sunday morning is all sermon. Everything has to fit together.
- The key to preaching better is to preach less often. If a preacher is preaching more than 40 times a year, it becomes a grind. Let someone else talk for a change, and take some weeks where you help lead worship but do not preach. It makes a huge difference.
- The best sermon feedback comes from your children. Especially if they are, say for example, 9 and 12 years old. But seriously, if you say something that sticks with teenagers, you have really said something.
- Life is sermon prep. But sermon prep is not life.
- Yes, use visuals - images on screen, props in hand, objects in the room, etc. No, do not use gimmicks. And know the difference - a visual enhances, a gimmick distracts.
- Practice out loud a lot.
- Frequently listen to and/or watch your self preach.
- Teach a Bible Study on the scripture you are using in the upcoming sermon on the Wednesday evening before you preach it.
- Be ready to throw the whole thing away and start over if something happens in your community, area, nation, or somewhere in the world that impacts people in a significant way and focus on that instead.
Just some thoughts. What would you add?
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