The Qualities That Define a Good Sermon
No two sermons are the same, not in their content and certainly not in their delivery. When the time comes each week to deliver a sermon to your congregation, you want to effectively and powerfully get the subject matter into their hearts. To do this, you should know that there are “dos” and “don’ts” of preaching. In this article, we’ll discuss what you should be doing as you address the individuals who want to hear your message.
Below are 3 qualities that you should strive to use in any sermon.
You’re Speaking from the Bible
Other resources can be used as illustration or to evoke thought, but The Bible and its scriptures should be your primary source for every single sermon’s material. This is the word that our lives are shaped around and serves as our guide for day-to-day living.
More than being Bible based, gospel needs to have a role to play in a sermon. One’s message is most powerfully delivered when you can point to the ways that God achieved through Christ in our world. A sermon should serve as a serious reminder of the good that comes from placing one’s faith in Him.
You’re Telling a Story
After all, that’s what The Gospel is – a story to be told. This is the very story that has shaped who we are and will continue to shape not only who we become, but what the world becomes as we grow through Christ in it. Speak from The Bible and its narrative to truly connect with the hearts of your congregation. This is the story that Christ wants told, and it is our honor to share the narrative.
You’re Speaking with the Listeners in Mind
A passionate sermon can easily go from uplifting to challenging to follow when the deliverer isn’t coherent and concise in speaking to the congregation. Make your sermon direct and to-the-point, without a lot of different angles thrown in the middle. The message of Christ shouldn’t be difficult to understand. When it is, that is when followers become disengaged and even confused.
Delivering a sermon is an important responsibility, so it should be taken as such. No matter your personal approach to delivering the gospel to others, you need to do so in a way that is engaging and centered on the story told within the pages of The Bible.