Before you preach your next sermon, take the time to answer these six questions. If you do, you’ll have greater clarity for the content of the message and the congregation will have greater clarity for the expected action from the message.
So, pastor, grab your sermon and ask God for wisdom as you dive into these questions.
Six Key Questions to Ask of Your Sermon Before You Preach it
1. Are my first five minutes interesting?
If you follow our sticky sermon structure, you’ll know that you’re asking this question of the engage section of your sermon.
We want to evaluate whether or not our first five minutes will cause people to lean in and take interest in what we’re sharing. This could be done with an interesting personal story, a shocking fact, or a joke that connects to the message. Whatever your introduction contains, make sure that it’s interesting (and obviously connected to the rest of the message). Interesting for interesting sake is pointless.
2. Do I show the importance of the subject?
Next, move to the tension section of the sermon where we’re moving from interesting to important and setting up our time of digging into the Scriptures.
Here we want to bring up the problem we face when it comes to the point of the text. We’re simply priming the pump for moving into the biblical passage we are going to look at. For example, if you’re preaching on Galatians 6:2 (bear one another’s burdens…) you could talk about the tension between knowing that we need to share what we are going through with others, but fearing what they may do with the information we give. It’s a tension that can be resolved once you move into the text, namely, it’s a two-way street and in doing so, we fulfill the law of Christ.
3. Am I giving a complete picture of the truth?
We call this the truth section of the sermon. This is where we dive into the passage of Scripture we are focusing on, do good biblical exegesis and help the congregation be in the text. Help them see what the original hearers or the people in the narrative saw. Help them feel what they felt.
When we ask this question, we’re really wanting to evaluate whether or not we are being true to the original intended meaning, putting the passage into the grand narrative of Scripture, and preaching the Gospel from the passage (here’s how to preach the Gospel every time).
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SOURCE: Rookie Preacher