Some philosophy • Some methodology • Some thoughts
Preaching is more a philosophy than a method. It amounts to a set of convictions rather than a particular method…(it) is not so much defined by the form of the message as it is by the source and process through which the message was formed. • Mathewson, S. The art of preaching
Some questions: • Why do we preach? • What is its purpose/role in our times together? • What do we preach? • How do we preach? • If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. John 8:31-32
Conviction Observation Exegesis Structure Rapport Application Variation LUCIS Text Listener Authenticity Warmth Witness Passion Preacher World Relevance Illustration Language TWIRL Four Corners Model
Secular Abductive Brief, metaphor Inductive From practice to text. Narrative Story-telling Deductive From the text to practice Conversion Four shapes Disciple-making
1. Read and re-read the passage • 2.Decide on the boundaries of your message • 3.Translations • 4. Identify everyone and everything • 5. 5W’s and an H • 6. Verbs • 7. Repeating Words • 8. Connectors – with, and, became etc How to write a sermon in 3 easy steps…not!
9. Imagery • 10. Key lesson • 11. Summarise the passage • 12. Key Words • 13. An Outline • 14. Headings at top of the page • 15. Commentaries
1. Start 3-4 weeks out. • 2. Awareness • 3. Read, pray, think • 4. Write (about 2 weeks out). Start to Finish • 5. Let it sit for a week How do I prep?
3 Common comments Too fast, too long, too soft Nerves Length Vocals Every sermon should seem like 20 minutes even if it is much longer. John Stott Tips and Mechanics
Powerpoint • Body language • Dress code The Visual
UGLY • Just as ugly • Don’t do this
Transferring thought to paper to speech • 1. use spoken language 2. repetition • 3. signposts 4. rhetorical question • 5. emotive words 6. clichés • 7. jargon, Christianese. In-jokes 8. story, humour • 9. stats 10. think like a listener Some writing tips
We, us vs I and you and them • Learning styles • The Holy Spirit Everything else …