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Preach What You Practice – Why Rehearsing Is Essential To Great Sermon Delivery

Preach what you practice

Every time we preach we have an opportunity to fulfill our God-given calling to impact lives with the truth of God’s Word and the hope of the gospel. But the effectiveness of our preaching is impacted by a host of variables we cannot control, including distractions in the room. But there is something we can control, and that is how well we prepare.

I’ve written extensively on several aspects of sermon preparation including forming a preaching team, nailing down a weekly prep schedule, and seeking healthy feedback. But I find one of the most often neglected aspects of effective sermon preparation is rehearsing the sermon. By rehearsing I mean preaching the entire message by yourself (or to a handful of people) before you actually preach the sermon to your church. Continue Reading →

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How to Ditch Your Plan When You Feel God is Leading in a Different Direction

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I recently preached a sermon where I felt God was leading me to change up the introduction entirely. This occurred to me minutes before I was about to preach. I sat on the front row during worship and it was clear to me – the plan I had for the sermon opening just didn’t fit. The direction I felt like God wanted me to go was to share a personal story of my dealings with sexual temptation as a teenager and into college. This was a risky proposition when completely extemporaneous, but I’ve told the story many times so I went with it.

This experience made me think about the best ways to ditch your plan when you feel like God is leading in a different direction with the sermon. Here are seven pointers to keep in mind: Continue Reading →

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16 Things You Can do this Week to Get Unstuck in Your Sermon Prep

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Do you ever get stuck in a sermon prep rut? I do. Sometimes the sermon comes together like a beautifully crafted work of art. But other times I struggle to make progress in my study. It’s hard to break out of sermon prep stuck-ness. I’ve learned a few things that help me overcome these stuck times, and I want to share them with you. Here’s 16 things you can do this week to get unstuck in your sermon prep: Continue Reading →

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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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Scheduled to Preach: Have Backup Plan? Here’s 3 Steps to Creating One

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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.

You might think that you’ll never actually need to use one.  Neither did I.  But, when I found myself in an unforeseen (and rather unfortunate) situation on Christmas Eve this year, boy, am I glad I had one!  I’m talking about a backup plan for preaching.

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Louie Giglio on Preaching Technique | Preaching Donkey Spotlight

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I remember the first time I heard Louie Giglio speak. It was at One Day 2003, a Passion event on a huge farm in Sherman, TX. I didn’t know at the time that he was the driving force behind the Passion movement. I didn’t know much about Passion at all, but that didn’t matter. When he spoke at one of the first sessions, I was blown away. I remember sitting there thinking, “This guy’s got it.” Whatever “it” is as a speaker, he has it.

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