By Sermoncentral on May 25, 2012
Although it may be a difficult challenge, sharing your personal experiences can lead your people to deeper faith in Christ.
When I was in Bible college, I was taught the same basic sermon preparation methods that thousands of other preachers have learned. It’s a linear outline that usually begins with a major proposition, continues with several major points, each supported with explanatory illustrations, and then a conclusion that summarizes the truths presented. There’s nothing wrong with that approach, but my tendency too often is to rely on what I know.
- Get personal – unveil your life and let the crowd into your heart and your experiences.
- Be specific – it’s easier to give a broad challenge but more beneficial to ask for a particular response.
- Tell stories – people like them more than quotes, statistics, and abstract analogies any day.
It’s tough to get personal, but it's worth it as it moves people into greater intimacy with Jesus.
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