RPP 001: How to Structure Your Sermon For Maximum Impact

We are so excited to be releasing the first episode of the Rookie Preacher Podcast. This will be a bi-weekly podcast where we talk about preaching and leadership. In this episode we talk about how to structure your sermon for maximum impact. Specifically, we share how we structure our sermons and offer some insight on how you can also begin to structure your sermons in a purposeful way. How to Structure Your Sermon for Maximum Impact

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How to Structure Your Sermon For Maximum Impact Show Notes

Points to remember:

  • Bring your sermon to one big idea – a principle we both adopted from Andy Stanley’s book, Communicating for a Change.
  • Connect story into your structure in some way to connect with your audience.
  • Context is extremely important when it comes to structure, story, illustrations, etc…
  • If you fail to engage your audience in the first few minutes, you’ve lost them. Your structure should reflect this reality.
  • Tension makes people lean in and believe that whatever is about to be said will be helpful.
  • When you use tension in your sermon structure, you should relieve the tension with the truth of Scripture.
  • Weaving in a story throughout your message helps people stay engaged and connected with the content.
  • It’s important to structure your sermon around your voice and not someone else’s.
  • At the same time, it’s good to experiment, especially as you are seeking out your own voice.
  • If you listen to podcasts of other pastors, don’t just listen to a couple, listen to 10-15 so you don’t adopt someone else’s voice.

Books Mentioned:

  • From Tablet to Table by Leonard Sweet
  • Giving Blood by Leonard Sweet
  • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The Faith of Leap by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch

To help you find your voice, check out this article.

Before you prepare your sermon, you need to prepare yourself first.

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Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Spiritual Development Pastor at a fast growing church in Batavia, Ohio, called The Crossing. Among the many things he does at The Crossing, serving on the teaching team is one of them. He also writes at BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.