Summary: Aim to meet the felt, perceived, and real needs of your audience through the ministry of the word of God. b). Aim to inform, persuade, and to inspire your congregation to commitment to Christ, to the church, and to service. c). Aim to eliminate peop
GOALS AND APPEALS IN PREACHING
1. The Goal of Preaching
2 Cor. 5:18-20 contains the summary purposes of preaching:
a). To communicate the revelation of God contained in His word and relate it to the needs of the people.
b). To beseech people to be reconciled to God. This means that the preacher’s purpose is to help men turn from their sins and accept Christ as their Savior.
c). To serve as ambassadors of Christ, representing Him in an alien world.
d). To stir the mind, emotions, and will of every person with the truths of the scriptures to help him become complete in Christ. (Col. 1:27,28)
2. The Aims for Each Message
a). Aim to meet the felt, perceived, and real needs of your audience through the ministry of the word of God.
b). Aim to inform, persuade, and to inspire your congregation to commitment to Christ, to the church, and to service.
c). Aim to eliminate people’s hindrances to knowing, believing, and acting on the scriptures. (Jm. 1:22) Some of these obstacles may be ignorance of the truth, prejudices, pride, laziness, jealousy, anger, immorality, dishonesty, lust, greed, devilish intrusions, temptations, or unbelief!
Don’t Aim Your Messages Above the
Heads of Your Audience
d). Provide appropriate incentives, rewards, and motivations for your listeners to want to do the entire will of God. Use appropriate balance of knowledge, emotions, and personal challenges.
e). Realize that different people are motivated differently. Allow for individual differences in the way you seek to inspire your congregation to obedience. Suggest how they can experience success (Josh 1:8); point out the consequences of not obeying God, show them the benefits that others have experienced in obedience, explain how God provided for the Lepers in 2 Kings 6 (quickview) ,7 and how He will also provide for them if they trust God for their provisions. (Phil. 4:19)
f). Seek to have some illustrations that suit the needs of different groups in your church. For instance women’s needs, men’s needs, youth’s needs, children’s needs, elder’s needs, the sick, the destitute, the poor, the wealthy, the downtrodden, the rich people, the father, mother, and grandparents’ needs, new christian’s needs, mature Christian’s needs, the non-Christian’s needs etc.
g). Paul told the Thessalonians in I Thes. 5:14, ``Warn the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and show patience toward everyone.’’ Learn how to approach people with a variety of messages. Don’t just use the same style of message, organization, or delivery for every sermon.
h). Seek to balance your information with your inspirational appeals.
i). Seek always to preach the word so that you can convince, teach, proclaim the truth, evangelize, edify, encourage, exhort, love, honor, appreciate, uphold, support, stimulate, comfort, heal, warn, chastise, and apply the truth in a relevant way to their lives.
Appeal to the following needs of your audience
a). People want to belong to a family. (The family of God)
b). People need to feel accepted for who they are not just who they might become someday.