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3 Things that Must be Clear Before your Sermon is Ready to Preach

3 things that must be clear before your sermon is ready to preach

A mist in the pulpit is a fog in the pew.“~C.H. Spurgeon

With each sermon you preach, you should be absolutely crystal clear what you want your people to take away from it. If you are murky about how they’ll be able to use your message, then you can be sure they’ll be clueless. Not to mention that they’ll pick up on your uncertainty and check out because their time is valuable and you have chosen to waste it.

As preachers who want to communicate well, clarity must be a top priority in every sermon. But it’s easy, and sometimes necessary, to focus a most of your prep time on your content and not your listeners. This makes it so crucial to think through how your listeners will receive and use your message. I want to give you three simple tests that will help you ensure that your sermon is ready to go in terms of its impact on your listeners and their ability to apply it.

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Guest: Three Keys to Make Your Sermon Unforgettable

3 keys to make the sermon unforgettable

Today I’m honored to have Tim Coressel providing a guest post. Tim is the Youth & Community Life Pastor at Cross Current Church in Northern Virginia, and has been working with students and families for nearly a decade.  He is passionate about sharing life with his community and pointing people to Jesus Christ.

People are going to forget your sermons.  They’ll forget mine too.

From the moment you “close in prayer”, that message you labored over for hours will begin to fade in the minds of your audience.  For some, it’ll be gone in less time than it took you to prepare it (maybe even before they’re done eating lunch!).

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Why You Should Build Tension in Your Sermons

Build Tension

As a preacher, it’s easy to focus on your content and not really consider if your listeners are ready to hear it. 

You’ve been studying your material all week, and you’re totally energized by it. It’s all you’ve thought about for days. You are so excited to finally share these thoughts that are bursting out of you. 

But your listeners aren’t there yet. They walked into church with everything on their minds except your sermon. They have nowhere near the same level of enthusiasm about your topic that you have.

That’s the way it works. You care. They probably don’t.

So what can you do? 
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