Good Bible Sermons
Resources and Tips for Preaching Good Sermons
If you are a preacher you want to do right by your congregation. There can be a lot of pressure to preach the "right" sermons. I think the old fashioned way of getting inspiration from the Bible is still one of the best ways to go. Being in tune with the needs of your flock will also give you an idea of some topics to preach about.
Doing a Bible study of one of the books of the Bible can only be a positive step. Teaching the Word of God is also part of the preacher's job. Basic Bible doctrine is good to review and explain from time to time. We all need reminders and there are probably new members who could stand to learn the basics. Get some help and inspiration for coming up with a sermon your congregation will remember and love. Even the best preachers may need a little inspiration for their sermons.
I think that getting into your Bible and studying God's Word is the first step to good preaching. Praying for guidance and about the needs of your congregation is also key. People can tell when you care and are trying to reach out to them and your congregation deserves your best efforts.
Stellar Tips On Preparing a Really Good Sermon Your Congregation Will Love!
So You Want To Give A Sermon? Read This!
So, you want to give a really good sermon that your congregation will love. A good preacher may make it look easy but the main reason it looks so easy is because they work very hard on preparation beforehand. This article is going to touch on a few things you need to know before getting up to give your sermon.
First of all, it's important to know that your congregation wants to like your sermon. Nothing makes them feel more miserable than thinking that they're going to be listening to some bore of a lecture. It's bad enough that most of them are at church because they feel that they have to be there. Don't make them suffer through the process. Point is, they want to be on your side. They want to like what's coming. So you've already got a head start on pleasing them, kind of like a comic at a comedy club.
Secondly, you need to be prepared. You CANNOT wing this. So many people have tried to go up to that pulpit and just speak off the cuff. It's very hard to do. What usually ends up happening is that you end up wandering all over the place with no real destination in mind. These sermons usually end up going on for 30 minutes or longer. And let me tell you, any sermon over 10 minutes is in serious danger of losing the congregation. So whatever you do, don't wing it. Be prepared!
Finally, and this is something few people think about, come with a strong speaking voice and plenty of water. Nerves are going to get to you. They get to everybody. Dry mouth is going to creep in like mold on a wet soggy day. So having plenty of water to drink is going to be a must. You're not going to get through a whole sermon without it. As for your voice, do some vocal exercises to loosen it up before you start speaking.
Like I said, giving a sermon LOOKS easy. That's because a lot of work goes into giving one before the first words are even spoken, such as a specific bible verse to lecture off of, a well written outline, and some personality thrown into the mix to keep everybody awake. That is what makes a good sermon.
3 Tips On How to Make a Good Sermon Outline
3 Simple Sermon Outline Preparation Tips
So, you want to write a sermon outline. It can be quite a daunting task, especially if you've never written one before. Where do you start? What are you going to talk about? What passages of scripture do you use? How do you tie everything up in a neat little bow? Can you even do that? After all, a lot of scripture is open to interpretation. Well, if you're wracking your brain trying to write that sermon, these 3 simple sermon preparation tips should help.
1) At the top of the list of things to do is to make sure that you have a passage of scripture that you want to preach off of. A lot of times, this will lock you into a subject. For example, if you're preaching on the Last Supper, you're not going to stray and start talking about the sermon on the mount. Having specific bible verses in mind will make the sermon itself go a lot smoother and even, in some cases, write itself.
2) Another thing you want to do is start the sermon off with a related personal story. Try to make it a humorous one if you can. The reason for this is because you don't want the congregation falling asleep on you. If you dive right into the theological stuff right off the bat, you're going to lose a lot of your congregation before you even reach the second paragraph. Adding the human element will greatly help in keeping the parishioners interested.
3)Finally, you want to keep your sermon brief. A wise minister used to say, if you can't get your point across in under 10 minutes, then it wasn't worth getting across in the first place. One way to keep your sermon brief is to make a list of bullet points that you want to cover in the sermon itself. Try to keep them to 3 or 4 points in total. If you limit each one to about 3 minutes talking time, you should have no problem keeping your sermon to around 10 minutes.
There are other things you can do to improve your sermon outline, but in the meantime, if you follow the tips I've outlined above, getting a specific passage of scripture, starting off with a personal story, and keeping the sermon to about 10 minutes, you will find that your sermon will go over a lot better with the congregation and they won't end up falling asleep on you.
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Tips to Make Your Sermons Flow Easily...
1) You will find, like I mentioned, that if you outline your sermon first, it will go a lot smoother. One way to do this is by writing down a list of bullet points that you want to cover in the sermon itself. These can usually be sandwiched in between an intro and a conclusion. From the outline, you can then write the completed sermon. This will help you stay structured and organized.
2) Another thing you want to do is actually give the sermon out loud (by yourself) before you give it. There is a strange thing about the written word. It sounds one way when reading it silently, but can sound totally different when read out loud. This is why you want to read your sermon out loud before you give it. You will probably find that some of the wording just doesn't sound quite right and you will end up wanting to change it. Had you not read it out loud before giving it, you would have never picked up on this.
3) Finally, if at all possible, you want to memorize as much of the sermon as you can. The reason for this is that if you have your face buried in the text through the whole sermon, you're going to lose your congregation. They want to see YOU. They want to feel that you're speaking to THEM and not to the notes on the pulpit. If you can't memorize the sermon, at the very least, make sure you read ahead and look up as often as possible. The sermon doesn't have to read word for word. Point is, you need to make eye contact with the congregation to be effective in your delivery.
There you have it. Three more simple tips to help give you the best sermon that you can possibly come up with. Make an outline, make sure you read the sermon out loud to yourself first, and make eye contact with the congregation. If you do these 3 simple things, added to the tips I gave prior, you'll find that your sermon is the best one you can possibly deliver.
Do not find yourself unprepared on Saturday night for Sunday morning's sermon.