It’s Good Friday. At this point, you may be finishing or reviewing your Easter sermon (or praying that you’ll be able to write it before then). But before you preach this Easter, I want to give you three simple things you can do that will make a big difference in the delivery of your Easter sermon.
Did you know that the top two reasons people gave for choosing to return to a church were (1) the quality of preaching and (2) them feeling welcomed? If this was true for many churchgoers, odds are they will be true for those who visit your church on Easter. Sure, some may not be at all interested in finding a church home, but some may be open to plugging in and, most importantly, responding to the gospel.
Before you do anything, pray that God works on the hearts of those who will be visiting on Easter and then put some time into these 3 things.
3 Simple But Impactful Things to Do Before You Preach This Easter
1. Understand Your Sermon’s First 5 Minutes (so you don’t need to look at your notes)
What are you trying to get across in the first 5 minutes of your message? If you can understand this part of your message to the point that you don’t need to glance at your notes, you’ll be more engaging and have a greater presence.
This is vital, especially for those who are visiting. They would love to see that you’re talking to and with them, not just reading from a pre-planned presentation.
But how do you do this?
Here are a couple ideas…
Talk through your introduction with your spouse or a friend. Tell them what you plan on saying without looking at your sermon. Just talk to them about it. Being able to do this will help you tremendously when it comes to sharing it before the congregation.
Also, read through what you have prepared and then process that through the lens of your message as a whole. Understand how it fits and understand the major pieces of those first 5 minutes. What are the first 5 minutes trying to accomplish? If you can answer that, you’ll be able to start strong.
If you structure your sermon like a story, understanding your first 5 minutes will be easier.
2. Understand Your Sermon’s Last 5 Minutes (so you don’t need to look at your notes)
What are you trying to get across in your last 5 minutes? When it comes time to land the plane, don’t look at your notes. You’ll miss a big opportunity to drive the big idea of the message home and into the hearts of the congregation.
I believe there are 4 keys to closing your sermon powerfully. But what about you? What are the last 5 minutes of your Easter sermon doing? Are you going to challenge with action? If so, what is the action? Are you going to connect the urgency of the work Jesus has done with the life change that can occur today?
If you can understand how the last 5 minutes fit into the overall message, you can powerfully bring your message to a close and invite people to respond to what God is doing in them.
How do you do this?
The same ideas apply to the last 5 minutes as do for the first 5 minutes.
And here’s a bonus: how do the first and last 5 minutes connect to each other? Find that connection and make it known.
3. Insert a Personal Story of God’s Faithfulness in Your Life
If you haven’t done this already, take some time and reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness in your life.
What comes to mind?
Share that with the congregation and with those who are visiting on Easter Sunday. Show them what God has done for you and why you are passionately following Him today.
Let your Easter message come from the depths of your soul. Show your affection for Christ and His amazing work that He has done in you and is still doing in you.
They aren’t the only ones who need to be captured by the love of God. You do too. Every day.
Make sure they know that.
What Tweaks Are You Making to Your Easter Sermon?
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