All good preaching is Biblically based and Biblically solid and rooted in Biblical texts and principles. This should be a given for most of us as preachers and communicators of the Gospel.
A good principle to remember when crafting a sermon is that God’s story needs to be effectively communicated through your preaching. So how can we do that? You might say “Hey! God’s word is enough!” and I would very much agree with that principle. But, there are things we can do as communicators to more effectively impact our audience.
So when you are preparing your sermon this week think, “how can I more effectively share God’s story with my people.” Here are some good principles:
Share God’s Story With Passion!
So many times I have seen a preacher start a message out with conviction, build to a profound story then mumble through a couple verses, then jump back in and speak with conviction again! What’s missing here? A Passion for the Biblical text! You see many people today view the bible as boring, and not very relevant to their lives (and these are people calling themselves Christians) so when we mumble through the text so we can get back to what is really exciting and relevant (our words) we are doing a great disservice to people.
Breathe Modern Life Into The Bible
Like we just talked about modern culture downplays the significance of the Bible. There was a time and day when you could share a passage out of Scripture or a story from the Old Testament and 1) people would know the story and 2) they would automatically understand it was important because it is in the Bible. That is not the case anymore.
So what we have to do is breathe modern life into the Bible. This can be doing a simple thing such as upgrading an Apostles dialect to the modern culture or something like that. This may seem like a silly principle and not significant. But, it can pay huge dividends with your audience today.
Work To Be Creative
Maybe you do not have the talent to write a quick song, rap, or spoken word on the passage or story you are sharing in your sermon or maybe you do! If you do have the creativity to do something like this is could work out very nicely.
But for those of us who do not have these creative talents what can we do? Well, we can share media. Maybe you saw a great TV show clip that will nicely illustrate the Biblical passage, or maybe a movie clip, or maybe a video on YouTube, or even a new song from popular culture or something along these lines.
Or certainly there is someone in your church who can add a creative touch to the Biblical passage and this could be an effective way to be creative as well.
Make Sure Your Life Is Rooted in God’s Story
We cannot speak with passion, breathe with a modern flair, inspire creativity, or be clear and moving without personally being rooted in God’s Story. So what does this mean for you? Are you inspired by God’s word every day? You should be.
How are you effectively sharing God’s Story in your preaching? Share with us in the comments!